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Oligarchy in Russia: The Jaws of a dilemma

As Ukraine looks to rebuild both practically and socially (a reconstruction program requiring hundreds of billions of Euros is being put forward and there are tentative plans to restart the country’s football season), the biggest earthquake is yet to come. In an unexpected yet devastating move, President Zelensky has stripped Ukrainian citizenship from Ihor Kolomoyskyi, …

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A Question of Trust

A common refrain of our always-online, always-trending society is “Pictures or it didn’t happen” – the contention that whatever eventuality or experience the author is describing, requires evidence if it is not to be dismissed as a lie. But while people tell lies on the Internet just for likes and attention, it becomes a severe …

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Tunisia’s President Gains Total Power: Has the Arab Spring Dried Up?

Tunisia has approved a new constitution and is expected to hand over full control to its strongman president, Kais Saied. Saied has already suspended the country’s independent judicial body, while his new powers would enable him to personally hire and fire ministers - including the Prime Minister. Voters met the proposed reforms with a collective …

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China and Russia: Moving mountains

A summit is an appropriate place to talk of mountains, and so Beijing’s description of the Russia-China partnership as, at the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Samarkand, ‘stable as mountains’ is appropriate, if not entirely true. China has thus far been one of Russia’s few credible allies as the latter’s war in Ukraine stretches …

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