London attack as “trophy” attack?

Although with a devastated effect (5 dead, at least 40 injured) in terms of used means (car, knife) the London attack was somehow primitive. But interestingly it seems it aimed at Westminster. Do you think that Western political symbols and even politicians may become more frequents targets for Islamist radicals (it seems the perpetrator was one of them) as before or not, and why? Read few comments.

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Have Syrian war and refugee crisis highlighted existing problems in Lebanon?

With more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees, compounded with other refugee communities, Lebanon is the country with the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide.

He was the best in his class. 17-year old Syrian Hozaifa is now paraplegic after bombing and lives as refugee in Beqaa, Lebanon. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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Will James Bond fight Donald Trump? ;-)

James Bond writers suggested that with people like US President Donald Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So we have Trump, we have Brexit, we have fake news (Tomorrow Never Dies comes to my mind). Do you think the next James Bond movie will be/should be influenced by this geopolitical reality and why and how? Read few comments.

The Geographies, Genders and Geopolitics of James Bond by Lisa Funnell, Klaus Dodds

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What does Merkel want from Trump?

With a bit of exaggeration, but is the upcoming meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump a meeting of the leader of liberal world order with the leader of illiberal world order? At this stage what does Merkel want from Trump and vice versa? Read few comments.

Chancellor Angela Merkel. Credit: https://www.bundeskanzlerin.de

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What is the prospect of second Scottish independence referendum?

How do you read today’s statement of Nicola Sturgeon about second referendum, can she get the permission? Read few comments.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon. Credit: http://www.snp.org

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Dutch election and Russia’s influence: What is going on?

How big is the topic of possible Russian influence in the campaign before the Dutch election, any indications that there are some attempts from foreign actors to influence the elections? Read few comments.

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A big problem for a small country?: ISIS and Trinidad and Tobago

There are the estimations that perhaps even 130 citizens of Trinidad and Tobago have joined ISIS. This is probably not a small number for not a very big country. Is this also a broader security problem for the region, Caribbean, the US or is it primarily a problem for Trinidad and Tobago? Read few comments.

Trinidad and Tobago

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