Federico Jannelli

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The United States and Turkey have been strong allies since 1952, as they have the first and second biggest armies in NATO. However, this friendship has suffered over recent years with the former taking on a more isolationist and unpredictable attitude and the latter disengaging from NATO, whilst taking on more “go alone” foreign policy ventures across the region.

In this article, I will argue that Erdogan will try to exploit the opportunity of having again a convinced multilateralist in the White House. Finding a compromise with Biden might bolster his image at home by solving domestic issues…


Máté Hekfusz

October 22 was a day of celebration for the right-wing nationalist PiS (Law and Justice), Poland’s ruling party. The country’s top court, the Constitutional Tribunal — its majority appointed by the party — ruled that abortions in the case of severe foetal disabilities were unconstitutional. As the vast majority of abortions in the country were done for that reason, the ruling was set to effectively ban the procedure. This was a major victory for the party and its close Catholic allies, paving the way for what had already been Europe’s strictest abortion — only allowing it in cases…


By Federico Jannelli

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The Inheritor of An Empire

Today Turkey is considered one of the major political powers in the Middle East, together with Iran and Turkey, as well as — arguably in a more emerging role — Saudi Arabia. In fact, if we take a look back at the past centuries, we can easily see that Turkey has played in the Middle East a more important role than any other contemporary regional power. It did so not as today’s secular Republic of Turkey, but as the Anatolian heartland of the erstwhile Ottoman Empire.

This article will describe Turkey’s recent…


By Máté Hekfusz

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In its heyday in August 2018, German fintech company Wirecard was worth 42 billion dollars and had just been accepted into the prestigious German stock index, the DAX 30. Hailed as the ‘darling’ of the European fintech world, it was riding on a meteoric rise, bringing incredible profits and plentiful investment.

In June 2020, however, less than two years after their DAX listing, the company filed for insolvency, brought down by one of the worst accounting scandals in recent European history. With 1.9


By Sidra Dahhan

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Source: Reuters — A Syrian refugee woman puts a face mask on a boy as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, in Al Wazzani area, in southern Lebanon, March 14, 2020

Almost one year ago today, mass protests erupted in Lebanon in demand for social and economic rights and change. However, in the time since, Lebanon has been debilitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Beirut Explosion, and an increasingly deteriorating economic meltdown. Through all of this, the over 900,000 displaced Syrians who have fled to Lebanon since the start of the 2011 Syrian Civil War have witnessed the situation within the country has gotten worse.

In a nation that was already experiencing immense economic pressures prior to the start of this year, the increasing economic pressures have worsened…


By Emma Chiu

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Source: Haaretz — Children cross through sewage water in Mighraqa neighborhood on the outskirts of Gaza City, April 13, 2016. Khalil Hamra / AP

Continuously plagued by Israel’s economic blockade, Gaza’s dense population is currently facing a wide range of social, economic as well as political issues. With a population of approximately 70,000 people, the creation of more than 1300 tons of waste every day has become a serious challenge to local authorities in the Gaza Strip. In response to the waste problem, the international community has tried to take action to no avail, mostly due to the ongoing conflict between the governing power in Gaza — Hamas — and the Israeli government. Even though the United Nations — along with…


By Máté Hekfusz

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Source: The Information Age

The Internet and its most used service, the World Wide Web, was created to bring the world together through the free flow of information. In a few short decades, it has spread to almost every corner of the Earth: today, more than half the world’s population is online and that number is only growing. Some authoritarian countries, however, are now getting cold feet and are deeming the risks of an open network spanning the world greater than its benefits. They are trying to cut themselves off the Internet — or at least create their own version of…


By Dušan Popov

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Sustained peace in the Balkans seems impossible to anyone who holds some knowledge on the political situation of this troubled part of Europe. The state of affairs in the region remains tense even twenty years after the end of a series of conflicts that claimed the lives of over a hundred thousand people and displaced millions. Many of the grievances that caused the bloody conflicts remain unresolved and occasionally tensions can reach a boiling point.

The countries of the region are currently in the process of joining the European Union and some have already joined. Membership of…


By Nitika Parasrampuria

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Source: Matthews, David. “A Theory of Mental Health and Monopoly Capitalism.” Monthly Review.

The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled mankind to experience unprecedented transformations, unlike anything experienced in recent decades. The increasing anxiety, the geometric progression of the spread of the virus, and the profound uncertainty created due to the extreme measures taken by governments across the world, has given us time to think about what the future holds at the end of it all.

We, as a society, are constantly inundated with questions of when we can resume our normal lives. Children are asking when they can go outdoors to play again, the working classes are agitating over when they…


By Emma Chiu

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Kashmir has remained a disputed region ever since the end of British rule in 1947 when India and Pakistan went to war for control over Kashmir. As a result of the war, an agreement for the ceasefire line was established, and each side came to control different parts of the territory. There has been frequent unrest in the Indian-administered side due to a prolonged separatist insurgency against Indian rule. Questions of nationalism were brushed to the side due to Kashmir’s complex relationship with India; the Indian government made concessions in order to keep Kashmir at bay. …

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