Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Political Situation of Somalia: A (Very) Brief History

When we think about Somalia, a few things might come to mind. Pirates, perhaps, who were in the international news quite a lot a few years ago. Maybe you also know the terrorist organisation al-Shabaab, or even the fact that the … Continue reading

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Why The West Shouldn’t Have Won The Cold War

There are many reasons for me to be glad that the West won the Cold War. After all, like most Westerners, I too prefer living in a Western-style democracy rather than in a country such as Russia or China. Yet … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day: Lest We Forget What We Never Knew

Today, the 11th of November, is Remembrance Day in much of the Commonwealth, including the United Kingdom. “Lest we forget” is the common sentiment, imploring us not to forget about those fallen heroes in all those many wars that have … Continue reading

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The Dutch “Black Pete” And The Importance Of Weak Politicians

When people all over the world think of an old white guy with a big white beard, they think of Santa Claus. That doesn’t go for everyone, though: in the Low Countries (Belgium and the Netherlands), there is “Sinterklaas”, a … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso’s Threat of Civil War: The Idiocy of Power

When Blaise Compaoré took power in Burkino Faso in a 1987 coup, he acted cunningly, overthrowing his old friend who acted as President, and immediately taking over his position. 27 years later, at the end of his rule, he acted … Continue reading

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