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Happy Earth Day Sat, 22 Apr, 2017

It was 21 years ago today I awoke in the middle of the night, got my co-actor up, then roused the others and we all got into two vehicles, drove to a deserted part of the Chequamegon National Forest in the boreal forest of northern Wisconsin, and unloaded our tools, statements, and general gear. My father, in his 70s then, hugged me goodbye and drove off on slushy roads. It was still pre-dawn. We were operating by moonlight. 

FATAL SPIRALE OF SENSLESNESS Sat, 15 Apr, 2017

After a whole day of long awaited negotiations in Moscow, one thing is absolutely clear. Result is: zero. Surprise? Not at all, despite the fact that Donald Trump successfully cheated the whole world with his, for more than half a year repeated, mantra of the “new American foreign policy”, of abandoning imposing regimes and the American way of life.

Neo-religionism of the post ideological Russia Sat, 15 Apr, 2017

The lonely superpower (US) vs. the bear of the permafrost (Russia), with the world’s last cosmopolite (EU) in between. Is the ongoing calamity at the eastern flank of the EU a conflict, recalibration, imperialism in hurry, exaggerated anti-Russian xenophobia or last gasp of confrontational nostalgia? 
Saudi king’s “Clash of Civilizations, convergence with Indonesia's hypocrisy and opportunism

Saudi king’s “Clash of Civilizations, convergence with Indonesia's hypocrisy and opportunism Sun, 02 Apr, 2017

When my older sister who lives in Germany came to Indonesia recently, we gave her the royal treatment. Well, she’s family after all, and had not visited in 12 years.
All breaking beds of our most favoured aggressor.

All breaking beds of our most favoured aggressor. Mon, 13 Mar, 2017

2017 will be a challenging year for Saudi Arabia, who is losing its leadership in the Middle East and faces looming economic challenges stemming from low oil prices.  

Bosnian precariat, militaristic world images and media cynicism Mon, 13 Mar, 2017

Fascism is in full sweep around us. Writing about the ruins that left behind it, is the task of our time. Maybe it is the most important task, because we must not remain silent! Disaster of (human) policy is in practice, but we are hardly surprised.
Decriminalize Victims, please

Decriminalize Victims, please Mon, 20 Feb, 2017

The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees is a key document that defines the term ‘refugee’, outlines rights for refugees, and keeps States accountable for their actions.
Human Misery monetized

Human Misery monetized Mon, 20 Feb, 2017

While the new cold war is taking its momentum, the world community is gradually forgetting other pressing issues; such as human rights, right to labor, human dignity and respect. 

Big data and the Future of Democracy Sun, 12 Feb, 2017

“Aegean theater of the Antique Greece was the place of astonishing revelations and intellectual excellence – a remarkable density and proximity, not surpassed up to our age.
Brexit – Pakistanization finally comes home

Brexit – Pakistanization finally comes home Sun, 01 Jan, 2017

Ever since the end of the WWI, and especially since the end of the WWII, the UK official foreign policy line was nearly always the same, imperial - partition and division.
Why is Europe able to manage its decline, while Asia is (still) unable to capitalize (on) its successes

Why is Europe able to manage its decline, while Asia is (still) unable to capitalize (on) its successes Tue, 27 Dec, 2016

How to draw the line between the recent and still unsettled EU/EURO crisis and Asia’s success story? Well, it might be easier than it seems: Neither Europe nor Asia has any alternative. 

The Diplomacy of Donald J. Trump Tue, 27 Dec, 2016

Those of us who appreciate the unconventional have to have second thoughts after watching Donald J. Trump in action.  All the more so when it comes to the conduct of foreign affairs, in which Mr. Trump is a novice. 

The Role of Europe in the Balkan region's geopolitical crossing Sat, 03 Dec, 2016

Geopolitics, the study of how spatial dimension impacts on and affects states' politics, may offer an important contribution to analysing strategies suited to developing rail infrastructures beween Italy and the Balkans. 
The Sino-US relations – Recalibration or Repetition?

The Sino-US relations – Recalibration or Repetition? Thu, 17 Nov, 2016

“The Chinese grab for fossil fuels or its military competition for naval control is not a challenge but rather a boost for the US Asia-Pacific –even an overall– posture.
(UN)EXPECTED PRESIDENT

(UN)EXPECTED PRESIDENT Tue, 15 Nov, 2016

Shock! Disbelief! Total surprise! Those media (and politicians) who have in the preceding election campaign totally uncritically, but systematically supported Hillary Clinton,
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