Dubai uncovered – a safe haven for criminals?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a major player in regional and global markets, is famed for its exponential economic growth and strategic location. Sitting alongside seven other emirates, Dubai is the most prominent member, managing to break free from the oil rich dependent roots, for which it is historically known, to now being a dynamic [...]

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The Bulgarian 2024 Elections

The next Bulgarian elections, scheduled for 9 June 2024, will be a turning point in the country’s democracy. The results of these elections will affect not only domestic policy but also international relations, with emphasis on the European Union (EU) and NATO. Backstage there are, however, rising geopolitical tensions and shifts, such as the two-year

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The Philippines’ Economic Renaissance: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

The Philippines has been recently reporting strong economic growth, evidenced by healthy GDP figures and an increased appetite from foreign investment. Employment rates are steadily rising aided by the expansion of sectors like Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and manufacturing. When compared to its ASEAN neighbours like Vietnam and Indonesia, its growth is robust, firmly establishing

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The all-seeing eye: a force for good

The Masonic movement, also known as Freemasonry, is an influential and powerful organisation that rose from the historical Stonemason guilds during the late Middle Ages. Initially made up of medieval craft guilds, it has evolved into a global network of individuals who work toward social and moral enrichment, personal study, mutual aid and philanthropy. They

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The poisoned chalice: Is Russia’s powerbase fracturing?

In recent years, cracks have been seen within the upper echelons of Russian political power, signaling potential shifts that could fundamentally alter the leadership landscape. This dynamic situation stems from a blend of aging leaders, internal challenges and geopolitical pressures, suggesting that change may be on the horizon. Historically, leadership transitions in Russia have witnessed

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Latin America: Resource conflicts

Latin America is renowned as a region abundant in all manner of natural resources, to include the large oil reserves of Venezuela and Ecuador, the vast mineral deposits in Chile and Peru and, of course, the lush and expansive tropical rainforests across the Amazon basin. The value of these resources, while being a key driver

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Awakening the Tiger: Vietnam’s surge in the global economy

Vietnam has witnessed substantial growth lately, recovering rather abruptly from the global chaos caused by the pandemic. Since then, the nation has welcomed a surge in foreign direct investments (FDI) and seen its manufacturing sector expand which, combined, have been the backbone of its economic recovery. The reason has, at least in part, been as

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Will they stay or will they go?

France’s historical connections with Africa reflect a deep-rooted economic and political relationship. The Gallic nation’s interest in the continent was driven traditionally by the need for natural resources, economic markets and strategic alliances. Yet, Africa as a whole, has now evolved from the colonial era, and in the present-day, demands more equal partnerships and investments

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Indian Elections 2024: Everything you need to know

On Friday 19 April 2024, the next Indian election process commences, with the announcement of the winners on Tuesday 4 June. It not only embodies the selection of new leaders but will address fundamental socio-political challenges for one of the world’s superpowers. This election will take place against the backdrop of global uncertainty. Issues such

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China and the Philippines: A complex and multifaceted issue with huge economic and security implications

The main issue revolves around competing territorial claims in the South China Sea. China claims almost the entire sea based on its "nine-dash line" map, which overlaps with the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and territorial waters of other countries, including the Philippines. This has led to disputes over the control of islands, reefs and shoals,

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