Author: James Westmacott

Erdoğan The Primary Architect Of Turkey’s Weakening Democracy

Turkey’s flawed democracy stands on an ever more fragile precipice. When opposition politician Ekrem İmamoğlu, a proud representative of the Republican People’s Party, was popularly elected mayor of Istanbul back in March 2019, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was immediately worried. The current Turkish president has enjoyed close relations with İmamoğlu

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Conflicting Visions Amidst The Fight For Indonesia’s Future

Mere weeks after Indonesia had strengthened its international reputation by successfully hosting a G20 summit in Bali, a suicide bomber tempered that optimism, acting as a reminder of the south-east Asian nation’s fractious political nature. The attack on Java killed one person while injuring dozens more, with the country’s controversial

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Peace Deal Reached Amidst Ethiopia’s Devastating Tigray Conflict

Under the blanket of the hushed Ethiopian night, one of the world’s most pressing conflicts has miraculously come to an unanticipated standstill. Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict, which has blighted the East African nation for the last two years, appears to have attested its ultimate denouement after both sides of the quarrel

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Italy Stands On Cusp Of Far-Right Government

Neither Italy’s establishment politicians or their European counterparts are sitting entirely comfortably today, on the date of the nation’s general election. Pre-election polls placed the recently formed right-wing alliance between the post-fascist Brothers of Italy, Matteo Salvini’s anti-immigration League, and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia at more than 46% of the

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Germany Opposes Swiss Plans To Store Nuclear Waste Near Border

Switzerland has announced plans to construct a nuclear waste storage facility near the nation’s north-eastern border with Germany. The thought of Swiss nuclear waste sitting next to homes has worried local communities, especially those just across the German border, and raised potential security implications for the area’s water supply: the

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East African Leaders Agree To Troop Deployment In The DRC

As the devastating war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rumbles on, pressure continues to mount on the nation’s leaders to bring about a rapid denouement of a seemingly never-ending affair. East African countries have persistently worried about political insecurity in the region, and have viewed the DRC as

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German Far-Right Split Over War In Ukraine

An undeviating split among Germany’s far-right organizations has risen to the fore in recent months over how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine should be responded to and dealt with. Whilst some groups have sided with Russian President Vladmir Putin, his authoritarian rule and imperialist desires, others have elucidated their preference to

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German Fears Linger Over Russian Gas Interruption

Following the interruption of gas supplies to Germany from Russia, fears linger over the speculation that a difficult winter lies ahead. A state of existential angst has mired the German capital in recent times, with many now making practical preparations for a troubling winter. Russian President Vladimir Putin has long

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Ethiopia And Sudan Agree To Border Dispute Dialogue

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met last month with Sudanese military leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi in an attempt to reconcile an ongoing border dispute between the two countries. Violent clashes have taken place in recent weeks over such quarrelling, with alarming claims having

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Hungary’s Pro-Russia Stance: Strategic Diplomacy Or Kremlin Propagandism?

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is an unpopular leader. Years of religiously-infused conservatism, characterized by a populism of liberal intellectual, migrant, and European Union denigration, is polarizing enough. Still, Russia’s regrettable invasion of Ukraine, instigated at the end of February earlier in 2022, appears to have provided us with yet

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Violent Protests Rock Streets Of Freetown

At least 21 civilians and 8 police officers tragically lost their lives in an eruption of violence last week on the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone, in what are believed to be anti-government protests aimed at overthrowing President Julius Maada Bio, though the full details are not yet known. Police

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Senegalese Democracy Under Pressure After Disputed Elections

National elections in Senegal on July 31st have yielded intense controversy. Both the incumbent government and the opposition claimed victory in a closely fraught political battle, though pressure lies heavy on the shoulders of current president Macky Sall, who remains intent on running for a third term in office despite

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A Sweltering Summer To Remember As Global Temperatures Rise

This week, Europe has been gripped by an extraordinary heatwave, indicating exactly what lies ahead if we fail to deal with the most pressing issue of our time: climate change. Studies conducted over the course of the summer by US federal government agency NASA have shown that temperatures have alarmingly

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Greek-Turkish Tensions Simmer Over Eastern Aegean Islands

Seething tensions between Greece and Turkey once again came to a boil last week over the contentious territorial disputes of the eastern Aegean islands. Germany’s foreign minister Analena Baerbock controversially stated that the “islands are Greek territory”, fuelling an impassioned rebuke from those on the Turkish side. The two sovereign

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Uzbekistan Reverses Proposal Over Karakalpakstan Autonomy

Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev announced on Saturday that his government will be dropping plans to curb the autonomy of the nation’s Karakalpakstan province – the country’s western-most region nestled between the borders of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Violent clashes took place on the streets on Friday night, after protestors decided to

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