Sep
13

Ferguson and the militarization of the U.S. police force

b2ap3_thumbnail_police-state-ferguson-swat--400x299.jpgAfter teenager Michael Brown died on August 9th Ferguson, a small suburban town in the county of St. Louis, saw the mourning quickly turn into an eruption of anger. Only two weeks later the city calmed down again. What caused this eruption of violence from protesters and police force?

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Jun
18

ISIS and Iraq - too late to solve?

b2ap3_thumbnail_iraq.jpgWhile the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement is gaining ground in Iraq and is spreading its violence the world is still pondering what to do about it. While the world is only discussing, ISIS is using the time to get stronger. And: all solutions discussed so far will not solve the situation. They have all in common that they would push the country further into a civil war, with the potential to turn it into into a regional conflict.

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May
08

Elections in South Africa: On the way to normality

b2ap3_thumbnail_SA-elections.jpgWith the 5th elections after the end of apartheid South Africa is on the way to the next transition: to a democracy with changing majorities.

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Mar
29

Obama and Europe: a story of disillusioned hopes

Obama (source: Flickr Mat Cadwallader)Ex-Hoffnungsträger trifft Nachfolger” (Ex-beacon of hope meets successor) was the headline at Spiegel Online when Obama visited the Pope earlier this week. A pretty neat summary of how Obama is viewed nowadays in Europe. Where comes this change from?

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