By Nikita Triandafillidis

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A girl in the northern provinces of Sri Lanka. Photo credit: The Washington Post

On June 9, 2020, the citizens of Sri Lanka protested outside the U.S embassy in Colombo, condemning the racism and police brutality that spread throughout the USA. These protests reminded the people of Sri Lanka about their own civil strife against discrimination, trying to heal after a long period of civil war that tore the nation apart. The memories of this war, which just ended almost 11 years ago still, haunt the island of Sri Lanka, and ethnic unity is still quite a difficult thing to achieve.

Haunted memories

On May 18, 2009, one of the longest and bloodiest civil wars of the 21st century came to an end. The country of Sri Lanka suffered for more than 25 years in what has been called a grave failure by the UN and the international community. Almost 150.000 people lost their lives, many of them civilians, while, the economic cost of this war is estimated at 200 billion dollars, five times the GDP of Sri Lanka. …

By Jacob Coffelt

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Image courtesy of: Spencer Davis

According to the Egyptian initiative for personal rights (EIPR), Gasser Abdel-Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohamed Basheer were arrested on November 3rd for “spreading false news” as well as for “joining a terror group”.

The three human rights activists were working for the EIPR when they were arrested after performing a public interview about human rights in Egypt with foreign diplomats. Something which is not explicitly outlined as an illegal activity in Egypt, hence the unrelated charges.

The EIPR released this statement on Thursday regarding the release of their staff:

“Gasser, Karim and Basheer were let go directly from Tora prison. Unusual. They are now either home or on the way home.”

By Jacob Coffelt

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Photo courtesy of post-gazette

On Tuesday, US attorney General William Barr seemingly contradicted the Trump administrations claims of widespread voting irregularities in an interview he had with the Associated Press.

“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election” - William Barr

Despite being a vocal Trump supporter and pursuing allegations of voting irregularities around the country, Barr along with the Justice Department have yet to find any evidence to support the Trump administrations claims.

Despite this, Trumps response was unusually calm and polite.

“with all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance of an investigation”. …

By Deart Bullari

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It takes more than a man to obtain such power, a figure, maybe, an inspirational symbol, a god-king that embodies dreams and aspirations. In the words of Maximus (Russel Crowe) in the “Gladiator”: What we do in life echoes in eternity.

These words cannot be fitted better on than Alexander the Great. The life of this great adventurer itself can fill thousands of pages, and it would only be a glimpse of his greatness. …

Terrorism and Counter-terrorism in the EU: A breaking point for further integration or disintegration?

By Djordje Terek

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Counter-terrorism units being deployed in Vienna the day after the attack. Photo credit: WSJ

Another deadly terrorist attack splashed the European coast, but for the first time, the target was the capital of Austria, Vienna. The Islamic State claims the responsibility for the terrorist attack that left four casualties and several wounded, clearly sending a message that no place in Europe is safe anymore.

The European Union is facing a threat of a critical magnitude, as in past weeks and months, terrorist attacks and beheading sow fear throughout entire Europe.

Terrorism in Europe is not a new phenomenon. It has been manifested in different forms throughout the history of the European continent. Nationalist movements, separatist movements, anarchism, far left or far right, and many other forms of political extremism created the global issue that is still withstanding, terrorism. …

By Nikita Triandafillidis

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U.S elections, 2020: Photo credit: BBC

With the U.S. presidential elections being only a few days away, both candidates for the presidency have unleashed their campaign strategies to attract the American voters. Not so surprisingly, Russia has been at the epicenter of these publicity stunts and the approach that both candidates will have towards Russia will be crucial these last days. Why does the Kremlin approach have such an impact on U.S elections and how will the elections affect the future relationship between the U.S and Russia?”

The most important event in Russian domestic politics: The U.S presidential elections

With the U.S. presidential elections being only a couple of days away, the whole world has its eyes on the U.S. President Donald J. Trump and the Democratic Party candidate, Joe Biden. …

Bangladesh and the introduction of capital punishment for rape: A solution to sexual violence or an inhumane act?

By Nikita Triandafillidis

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Students protesting in Dhaka. Photo credit: AP

“This week, the government of Bangladesh announced to implement the death penalty in rape cases after nationwide demonstrations broke out when footage of men attacking a woman emerged in social media.

The decision is seen as a form of justice for many women that cannot continue living in fear in a country that is characterized as a country of rapists. However, many international organizations see the decision with skepticism, questioning the morality of capital punishment”

The situation in Bangladesh

On Monday, the ministers of the Bangladeshi Cabinet decided to introduce an amendment to increase the punishment for rape cases, from a life sentence to the death penalty. …

Nagorno-Karabakh, a region in turmoil: The Azeri-Armenian dispute that has destabilized the region for more than three decades

By Nikita Triandafillidis

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Armenian soldiers mobilizing. Photo credit AP News

“On Sunday, clashes broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, also known as the Republic of Artsakh. Immediately a war on misinformation started from both sides, accusing each other of sparking the hostilities.

The region has been the main obstacle in normalizing the relations between Baku and Yerevan for almost 30 years. …

The secret marketing formula that every big brand name uses

By Deart Bullari

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Marketing is a very strange thing when it comes to schemes and strategies. Sometimes it is very hard to understand. It is undoubtedly the most effective tool for a brand name to impose its products.

Of course, nowadays with the introduction of new technologies and new trends, it is harder for a brand to impress an audience, yet they always find a way to grab the attention, and once they get it, most of the time it is game over for the consumers.

It is extremely hard nowadays to achieve the level of implementation and interaction that some of the most distinguished brand names have. …

The UAE and Bahrain sign a new peace agreement with Israel. A new era of peace for the Middle East region or a new intensive arms race?

By Nikita Triandafilldis

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From left to right: Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel), Donald J. Trump (USA), Abdullatif al-Zayan (Bahrain), and Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (UAE). Photo credit: CNN

“The new peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Israel brings a new era of hope for peace in the Middle East. However, it also brings a potential arms race and new conflicts between Arab nations. How important is Saudi Arabia’s influence in the deals and will this new agreement reshape the geopolitics of the area?”

Trump hails the beginning of a new era in the Middle East

Donald Trump has every right to be euphoric about the achievement of his administration. …

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