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Populism: political race to the bottom in the era of “alternative facts”

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Populism: political race to the bottom in the era of “alternative facts”

Most observers have interpreted the Brexit and the stunning election of Donald Trump to the White House as yet another sign of a rising populist tides in the world of politics, but are these simply episodes of political blips, the so-called “Jesse Ventura” effect or “angry white man”, the left behind, or could there be…

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Ayatollahs’ “silent tears” against a nation’s century of distress!

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Ayatollahs’ “silent tears” against a nation’s century of distress!

The Iranian elections are planned for this Friday to elect a 290 member parliament as well as the powerful Assembly of Experts in charge of substituting the Leader in case of death or incapacity. Despite regime’s meticulous control and invigilation on all means of public participation here is why the ruling elite could never cease…

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Europe’s Ethical Challenges

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Europe’s Ethical Challenges

Ethical challenges of keeping the poor and the refugees out of one’s own lawn: from donating the unsold supermarkets’ food to Europe’s pressing question of illegal immigration! The question of food waste is undoubtedly one of the major plights of the contemporary western nations. It becomes evident that a momentous amount of cultural and educational…

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Homegrown terrorism a republican failure!

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Homegrown terrorism a republican failure!

“Era of danger (to the republic) ends, era of difficulties starts” optimistically proclaimed the ideologues of the French Republic. Nonetheless recent Paris terrorist attacks and numerous other failed attempts unearthed major ideological fault lines underpinned by a considerable social alienation of a portion of the very own children of the republic! Undoubtedly there are numerous…

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Why we are NOT Charlie Hebdo!

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Why we are NOT Charlie Hebdo!

In the wake of the deadliest attack on French soil for decades, all political parties and religious and secular activists seem to be rallying behind the slogan “I am Charlie”. Here is my argument why this could not be further from the truth! A few years ago when Charlie Hebdo published its satirical cartoons with…

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The Evolution of God’s magic wand

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The Evolution of God’s magic wand

Pope Francis’s recent endorsement of the Big-Bang Theory and the affirmation that “God is not a magician with a magic wand” could well sign the transformation of the magic wand into a sword of Damocles over all organized religions Like all organized congregations of faith, the Catholic Church has had its fair share of distress…

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True dangers of the Iranian nuclear issue!

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True dangers of the Iranian nuclear issue!

After years of open hostility and even threats of actual confrontations, the West and Iran seem to have embarked on a new path of dialogue and reconciliation which above all marks a significant ideological shift in the revolutionary agenda of the Islamic Republic with its existential claims to the principles of the raison de fois….

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Dawn of the Islamic Renaissance

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Dawn of the Islamic Renaissance

In recent years important political events have been sweeping across the Islamic world with fundamental implications for the most basic principles of political Islam. Some analysts speak of a new wave of Islamic modernism in the Arab world. Yet in another Islamic context, namely Iran, one could even observe signs of nothing less than a…

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The euro and an ancient divide

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The euro and an ancient divide

The coming months could actually leave an indelible mark not only on the very economic subsistence of many western states but also at a deeper level on an ancient philosophical debate between republicanism and liberalism. As the euro celebrated its tenth anniversary on January the first, the world appears to be entering into a new…

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What is wrong with Italy?

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What is wrong with Italy?

A recent report by Transparency International places Italy among the most corrupted countries in the western world, but does this reflect the socio-political realities on the ground? We could safely claim that no country in the entire world has this power to fascinate, amuse, disgust, surprise and constantly provide food for thought in our collective…

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