228 Incident, Chiang Kai-shek and the past, the present, and the future of Taiwan

As Taiwan marks the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident and changes to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall are coming how important (and maybe also divisive?) is for the country to discuss the legacy of Chiang Kai-shek? Read few comments.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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The sharp rise in crimes against refugees in Germany and what’s next

Even in 2015 we have been talking about a spike in attacks on refugees in Germany. And now in 2016 there were 3 533 attacks on refugees and refugee accommodations across Germany. How serious is the situation in your opinion, what can/should government do about and do you think that upcoming election might have an effect on even bigger mobilization of the far right scene in Germany? Read few comments.

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Conflict. Famine. South Sudan’s sad story and (perhaps) what to do

It seems that at this moment South Sudan is pretty sad story. Following several years of instability parts of the country now experienced a famine. What went wrong in your opinion and how the local actors and broader international community should react on this situation? Read few comments.

Children in Juba in a bit better times. From my visit in 2011. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Children in Juba in a bit better times. From my visit in 2011. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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Discovery of TRAPPIST-1’s seven Earth-sized planets is incredibly good news.

From the scientific point of view how big news is the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets and what does this discovery tell us about the possibility of an alien life? Read few comments.

A size comparison of the planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system, lined up in order of increasing distance from their host star. Credit: https://www.nasa.gov/ - R. Hurt/T. Pyle

A size comparison of the planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system, lined up in order of increasing distance from their host star. Credit: https://www.nasa.gov/ – R. Hurt/T. Pyle

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What’s at stake for Paul Nuttall and Jeremy Corbyn in by-elections?

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: www.labour.org.uk

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: http://www.labour.org.uk

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National Security Advisor: McMaster is a superb choice but he is walking into a difficult situation

As Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster is as a new national security advisor what do you expect from him to bring to the White House, what is needed in the current situation to bring to the role of national security advisor? Read few comments.

Lt. Gen H. R. McMaster. Credit: https://www.csis.org/

Lt. Gen H. R. McMaster. Credit: https://www.csis.org/

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US may moderate its commitment to NATO. What does it mean?

SecDef James Mattis said NATO allies must pay more or US will moderate its commitment.

US Secretary of DefenseJames Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: www.nato.int

US Secretary of DefenseJames Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: http://www.nato.int

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Trump needs new National Security Advisor. But what is he looking for?

After National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned there is no doubt that the President Donald Trump’s administration is surrounded by various accusation about what might be an inappropriate contacts with Russia. So what’s next for the White House?

Gen. Mike Flynn (Ret.). Credit: https://www.gop.com/

Gen. Mike Flynn (Ret.). Credit: https://www.gop.com/

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Why would North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un kill half-brother Kim Jong-nam?

After testing ballistic missile North Korea is again in the headlines as Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam died. We do not know what really happened, he might be even killed by NK agents, but in general does his dead mean anything for Kim Jong-un as it seem that his regime is firmly in control as also the missile launch might suggest? Or do you assess the position of Kim Jong-un differently? Read few comments.

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Trump meets Trudeau. Caviar meets marijuana? :-)

US President Donald Trump will meet Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau. It seems that these two politicians represent almost opposite sides of current global politics. How do see this, is also something what connects them, and what kind of result political result do you expect from Trump-Trudeau relationship? Read few comments.

Canada's PM Justin Trudeau. Credit: http://pm.gc.ca

Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau. Credit: http://pm.gc.ca

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