Leaked : a warning

Earlier this week, an anonymous and concerned source leaked a certain document from the US Supreme Court to the newspaper media Politico. The document in question: a draft opinion from the majority concerning Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey. In short, it seems that the Supreme Court will vote 6-3 making abortions illegal. Let…

chronique du dimanche passée

“Ce soir, on pourra quand même bien dormir dans nos lits….”  – chronique du dimanche: si l’on peut dire, le processus démocratique peut être une chose bizarre..  Or, cette année, tout comme il y a 5 ans, les français ont eu le choix entre la droite extrême et un mouvement néo-libéral, dit venant de gauche,…

8 clippings of news

This week in the news. We wrote a piece like this a few years ago. We’re going to try it out. This past year is an extraordinary year, not necessarily in a positive way. We’ve already discussed certain events. These past few weeks though have been charged with tension, emotions, and craziness. 1. Turkey’s Erdogan…

Trump and the Diplomacy Catastrophe

We originally wanted to discuss the Mueller investigation but that was months ago and we never sat down to write properly about it. So now another circus arrived and we’re interested to see how it plays out. Believe us when we say that no one hates Trump more than the intelligence community. It is interesting,…

The thing about Ethics…

A friend once described a social media action by a government as unethical. It had been to show mutual support in the commemoration of a shared grief. It made us think. Why would we call it “unethical” We thought harder: what is the real nature of bilateral relations? More to the point, when do they…

Armenia: a Small State in Four Points

Originally posted on Perspectives on Policy & Politics:
by Béatrice Chahine The first blog in the series of the small states introduced the concept and mapped the theoretical discussions around it. This blog discusses Armenia as a small state. Armenia is situated in a unique multipolar, multicultural, geopolitical and geostrategic location. It has a homogenous…

A Year of Brexit: Island of Woes and Mixed Emotions

It is an isle, or an island, depending on who is speaking. It is in Europe and that is a fact. Yet some there think they are not European because Europe is a continent. It is that minority belief, which snowballed into a referendum, which, in turn, put the island on a cliffhanger of instability…

FIFA: Power, Politics, and, Sports. What We Know.

Football has been politics of another kind. Not unlike diplomacy or state visits. However, it is very different. The World Cup is both a game of power and a super-star show of surprise. This year, surprise is a power element: all favorites have probably been eliminated and the powerful states are all but one not…

A Penchant for Abuse

The big man with the guns now has the power. Enough is enough.  A friend of mine recently expressed his complete shock when the US declared it was getting out of the UN Human Rights Council. I then asked him what he thought of the current administration but he didn’t answer, choosing either to ignore…

Be a voice – Treatise on our broken society

Why quote literary works? Make your own. Creativity is a dream but it is also the genius of humanity. What point is there in copying another man’s work to inspire yourself when you can create imagine your own? They may turn in their graves far beneath the hard ground’s surface. You might say but the…