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As a regular user of internet services as well as a content provider, I was very interested in last week’s e-G8 summit. The idea of bringing together the chieftains of the internet industry and the world’s most powerful political leaders seems a step in the right direction. The internet as a platform and applications such… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

President Obama’s May 19th speech is seen as a welcome change from past US foreign policy blunders in the Middle East. The revolutionary wave currently sweeping the Arab world has determined the American president to admit that political change is inevitable: “the events of the past six months show us that strategies of repression and… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Osama bin Laden’s capture and the April bombing in Marrakesh raise serious questions about government use of the terrorist threat as a tool in achieving policy objectives. In hindsight, it is hard to dismiss the possibility that at least some American agencies had known beforehand that the 9/11 attack was imminent, allowing it to happen… » read more

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The UN-sanctioned military operations are obscuring the ongoing debate concerning the political organisation of post-Gaddafi Libya. To date, the only source of gauging what the country could look like in the future is a document titled “A Vision of Democratic Libya” issued by the Interim National Council on the 29th of March 2011. The Council’s… » read more

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Since last month, France – and therefore the European Union implicitly – has increased its territory by 374 sq.km, and its population by 185.000. What’s more, it all happened democratically, following a 2009 referendum organised in Mayotte, an island off the coast of East Africa. The inhabitants of Mayotte have decided to join France as… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi