What Really is the Popular Will in the Italian Election?

The latest surprising – and for some, fear-inspiring – turn of political events took place in Italy on Sunday when Giorgia Meloni’s flag-waving party, Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia) obtained 26% of the vote. In the coming weeks it will most likely form a government and Meloni will become Italy’s first female prime minister. Throughout… Continue reading What Really is the Popular Will in the Italian Election?

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Is the US-Iran Nuclear Deal Worth the Hassle?

The deal with Iran has been on the precipice since US President Joe Biden assumed his office last year. It has been a tortuous ride from partisan resistance in Washington to a change of regime in Tehran. On multiple occasions, the European mediators have intervened to prevent deviation in the talks. A ‘final draft’ is… Continue reading Is the US-Iran Nuclear Deal Worth the Hassle?

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Lebanon’s Central Banker Evades Arrest and People Rob Banks

You go into a bank with a gun, maybe it’s a toy gun, maybe it’s a real gun like a hunting rifle, and you demand not all the money, just the money that the bank holds in your account, money the bank has refused to give you as your business goes bust. Or perhaps it’s… Continue reading Lebanon’s Central Banker Evades Arrest and People Rob Banks

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The (il)legal state of independent press in Cuba | FO° Explainers #pressfreedom

Following the protests of July 11 last year, more than 1,200 Cubans have been detained as political prisoners. Many of those were journalists working for independent or foreign media with the sole culprit of reporting on the events. Independent journalism is actually illegal in Cuba. Here’s everything you need to know. Fair Observer is an… Continue reading The (il)legal state of independent press in Cuba | FO° Explainers #pressfreedom

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Isn’t It Time to Challenge the Growth Paradigm?

At the end of July, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned of a “gloomy outlook” for the world economy. It was doing so not because of a spike in poverty, a widening of inequality, or a surge in carbon emissions. Quite the contrary: the IMF was making its pessimistic assessment because it was revising down… Continue reading Isn’t It Time to Challenge the Growth Paradigm?

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What Were Modi and Putin Really Talking About?

After the apparent success of a Ukrainian counter-offensive, politicians and the media have taken to evoking what they see as a “turning-point.” Doughty warriors such as General David Petraeus, for example, have expressed in the media their counter-intuitive belief that Ukraine can win the war. Earlier this year, in May, Patraeus had already asserted that… Continue reading What Were Modi and Putin Really Talking About?

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The EU Faces Major Challenges This Autumn

GAS PRICES AND THE GERMAN ECONOMY The biggest challenge the EU will face starting this autumn will be the high price, and insufficient supply, of natural gas. This will have a disproportionately damaging effect on Germany and Northern Italy, the two manufacturing hubs of western Europe. Recession in China has hit these hubs hard as… Continue reading The EU Faces Major Challenges This Autumn

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To Save Ukraine, America Must Help Europe

Ukraine’s recent gains in the eastern sections of the country underscore the critical importance of continued Western support for Ukraine. The oncoming winter will test the West’s, and most especially Europe’s, commitment to maintain that support in order to provide Ukraine the indispensable political, economic and military backing indispensable to Ukraine’s ultimate victory. Ukrainians are… Continue reading To Save Ukraine, America Must Help Europe

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A Modern Indian Medical Student Rationalizes Trauma

I have a problem. I’m calling it a problem because I’m no longer sure it’s beneficial for me as I used to feel – I constantly feel the need to do something productive. What I consider productive is something that’s taken time for me to wrap my head around. But in general, it seems to… Continue reading A Modern Indian Medical Student Rationalizes Trauma

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Russian Military Rout in Ukraine has Major Implications for the MENA Region

The stunning success of the Ukrainian armed forces in routing the Russian army from Kharkiv Oblast in the northeast of the country has already had a knock-on effect. On September 12, Azerbaijan launched the intensive shelling of Armenian border positions. In its lengthy and sometimes bloody confrontations with Azerbaijan, Armenia is backed by Moscow.  Azerbaijan… Continue reading Russian Military Rout in Ukraine has Major Implications for the MENA Region

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