The global Italian Mafia

The existence of the Italian Mafia is common knowledge but it is perhaps a less known fact that nowadays it operates in an international scale. But, why and how it has expanded outside Italy? Do the other countries and the common people know that it operates in their states as …

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South Sudan – A troubled past and an uncertain future

When South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 many were hoping for a better future. That bright future is yet to be seen. After a 50 yearlong conflict with Sudan, a new civil war in the world’s newest country emerged. After an agreement between the government and the opposition, …

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Papa Xi – China’s Star Politician

In 2015, the world’s most watched annual broadcast with a viewership of about 800 million, the Chinese New Year’s gala, featured something odd for Chinese politics. Clips of the Chinese president Xi Jinping visiting citizens and troops, broadcasted to the tunes of a song stating “I give you my heart”, …

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Lebanon – on the cutting edge of LGBT rights in the Middle East?

Lebanon, and especially the bustling city of Beirut, has lately become known as a refuge for people escaping sexuality-related harassment in the Middle East. Being the first country in the Arab World with an LGBT movement, the nation has somewhat taken the lead regarding the rights and empowerment of gays, …

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Protecting refugees or protecting states – is there a choice?

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Utrikesperspektiv.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. UPF travelled more than 3000 kilometres to visit Beirut, Lebanon, and learnt that local politics, to a large extent, is global and that …

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Capital punishment – a step back in time?

For many, the death penalty may seem redundant and old fashioned. For others, namely the people of Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, executions are almost a daily ritual – an acceptable norm, which only seems to have been strengthened over the past year. 2015 was the golden year of executions – …

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Nagorno-Karabakh: Yesterday’s Sorrow, Tomorrow’s War

The first weekend of April saw the reopening of old wounds in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The region of Nagorno-Karabakh, only about half the size of Corsica, has long been an infected issue as both countries claim it as their own while the area itself wants independence. The …

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Walking the Plank: Slavery in the Thai Seafood Industry

In 2016, four Associated Press journalists walked in front of the staff to hear that they had won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Thanks to their investigative work, more than 2000 victims of human trafficking in Southeast Asia walked free, some after decades of slavery in the fishing industry. …

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The new unknown: what’s got Poland so scared?

The end of communist rule marked a new era for nationalism in Poland. Since 1989, the country’s key political goals have been the maintenance of national sovereignty and the minimization of external influence. Nowhere has Poland’s nationalism been more visible in recent years than in its debate regarding the EU …

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Poaching: Modern Threats to the Animal Kingdom

It has long been known that one of the largest threats to Earth is man itself. In one specific area, this is very true. For various reasons, in many countries across the world, hundreds of thousands of animals are needlessly killed each year for humanity’s selfish purposes. Unfortunately, as with …

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