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Recent Abe Victory Shakes Pacifist Japan

Following Shinzo Abe´s remarkable election result, commentators have speculated about his renewed zeal for constitutional revision; namely the amendment of Article 9 to grant...

Lebanon’s Forgotten Refugees

By: Paula Jahn (Guest Writer) With international attention focused on the plight of Syria’s refugees, the misery of another displaced group who constitute the world’s...

Western Dogma

Neoliberalism does not technically adhere to sacred texts, but it is devoted to certain arbitrary laws and alleged unyielding truths readily comparable to religious dogma. The...

The Strongmen and COVID-19

Throughout history political figures have used crises to gain political advantage; COVID-19 offers no exception to this. “In moments of crisis, people are willing to...

Behind the Facade: Women’s Rights in India

Ambassador Jutta Stefan-Bastl has seen incremental improvements in the situation of women in India but there is still dramatic disparity between legislation and practice. For centuries, deeply ingrained religious...

An Afterthought on Fidel Castro

Havana, Cuba. December 31st, 1960. Celebrations were quieter since the revolution. Whether out of exhaustion or fear, Clara and Eduardo insisted on welcoming the...

Who Trumped Whom? Making Sense of the US Midterm Elections

By: Thomas Kögler (Guest Writer) The US midterm elections resulted in a split Congress, with the Democrats taking control of the House and the Republicans...

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