Oil price and the world of international politics in 2015

It seems that the oil prices were relatively prominent in influencing the world politics (Russia, Venezuela…), especially in the last couple of months. I know we do not have a crystal ball, but would you say it may continue and what kind of impact do you expect? Or maybe you think it won’t continue, and why? Read few comments.

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Greece: What to expect from the election campaign

PM Antonis Samaras called a snap legislative election to be held on 25 January 2015 after failing to elect a presidential candidate in the third round of voting. Read few comments related to political situation in Greece.

Guard at the Greek parliament building. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Guard at the Greek parliament building. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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13 years in Afghanistan: What have we learned?

The U.S.-NATO led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission. The West have spent 13 years in Afghanistan and the military operation continues, in different format though. We are hardly witnessing celebratory fanfares from politicians about the achieved victory. But would you say we have learned any lesson? Is it something the West should base its next presence in Afghanistan and what should we reject and maybe completely forget about?

Slovak soldiers in Afghanistan. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Slovak soldiers in Afghanistan. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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Merry Christmas for Christians of Middle East? Hardly everywhere

Pope and patriarch have recently condemned Middle East persecution of Christians. If you look at processes that we are witnessing in the Middle East region how important is the question of preserving Christian communities in the region, do you agree that they are under some increased pressure or not, and why? Read few comments.

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People of Burma are optimistic about the future. Why?

According to one published poll 62 percent of the people of Burma are generally positive about the direction the country is heading.  How much would you share this optimism? Or wouldn’t you, and why? Read few comments.

Aung San Suu Kyi. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Aung San Suu Kyi. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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Is Sony hack a sign of normality?

Releasing emails from Sony hack is first of all a criminal activity, but this scandal has also some political connotations as it seems North Korea might be behind it and Sony has decided not to release The Interview movie. So it seems that the massive attack on a soft target brought some gains to attackers. Regarding this how would you describe what is happening. Is it just cyber crime or some sort of political cyber terrorism, and why? Read few comments.

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Warming up of US-Cuba relations, but…

Starting with the prisoner swap t seems we are witnessing a great breakthrough in US-Cuba relations as talks about full diplomatic relations will start. Why now, what challenges you see in this process? Read few comments.

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