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The Brief – Big brother is watching you (again)

The Brief – Big brother is watching you (again)


The Pegasus Project’s revelations remind us that journalists, officials and activists all over the world are still closely being watched ...
America’s Collective Amnesia

America’s Collective Amnesia


It seems that there is a deep pent-up desire in America to avoid meaningful change at all cost. It is hard enough to confront issues honestly and f ...
China, the Gulf and the Future of Global Energy Markets

China, the Gulf and the Future of Global Energy Markets


The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through energy markets. Since March 2020, lockdowns around the world have led adults to work remotely and ...
No thanks: Some Europe newspapers refuse political ads from Hungary’s Orbán

No thanks: Some Europe newspapers refuse political ads from Hungary’s Orbán


Several leading European newspapers have refused to run a paid advertisement signed by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, sayi ...
The Saudi Quest to Replace UAE and Qatar

The Saudi Quest to Replace UAE and Qatar


Saudi Arabia has stepped up efforts to outflank the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as the commercial, cultural and/or geostrategic hub in the Gulf. ...
Is a New Cold War With China a Formula for Disaster?

Is a New Cold War With China a Formula for Disaster?


Let me start with my friend and the boat. Admittedly, they might not seem to have anything to do with each other. The boat, a guided-missile destro ...
Germany’s AfD lurches further to the right with new top candidate duo

Germany’s AfD lurches further to the right with new top candidate duo


Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has selected two hardliners from the extreme right-wing of the party, Alice We ...
Will Israel Recognize ICC Jurisdiction Over Palestine?

Will Israel Recognize ICC Jurisdiction Over Palestine?


On February 5, the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that it has jurisdiction over the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967 ...
India Has Mismanaged the Coronavirus Pandemic

India Has Mismanaged the Coronavirus Pandemic


In just over a month, India has gone from boasting about its vaccine distribution to becoming the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. As thi ...
The Brief, powered by bp – Dress rehearsal elections

The Brief, powered by bp – Dress rehearsal elections


As Bulgarians gear up for a general election on Sunday (4 April), the crucial issue – or risk, for some – is whether Boyko Borissov, who ...
European political parties play a key role now and in the future

European political parties play a key role now and in the future


The Conference on the Future of Europe should not be a PR exercise but a genuine people’s convention to deliberate all the tough issues w ...
The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Kanzlerinnendämmerung

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Kanzlerinnendämmerung


We saw a preview of the upcoming change of guard in German politics this week. Following an acrimonious summit between Merkel and the he ...
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