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By Nikol Chumová

Ebola: The Enemy Impervious to Sanctions

You numbly observe the chaos around you, from makeshift hospitals to screams from the distance and orders from people with green gloves inwhite clothing milling around the threat of Ebola contagion is a flight away. Headlines are meaningless compared to the personal experience. Of course, nobody wants to go through such an ordeal, but it may grip Europe before we know it. The disease is certainly on the march. The most severe outbreak of Ebola ever crossed the border of one more country last…

Editors desk

By Mitchell Belfer

Bahrain’s al Khalifa Dilemma

IntroductionWith the wider Middle East in a seemingly intractable crisis spiral, it is easy to lose track of specific national and historical contexts. Bahrain’s chapter in the now defunct Arab Spring has generally, but erroneously, been treated as a case of a pacifist opposition, composed of members of the Shia sect (majority) and a repressive Sunni government (minority). Not only does such loose demographic bookkeeping and simplistic categorisations intellectually detract from truly…

Editors desk

By Mitchell Belfer

Gaza, 2014: Where the Streets have No Names

It is a cycle. A deal sits within grasp. It literally sits on the table and awaits a nod, smile and elongated signatures. The deal is the result of a lull in violence that produces confidence and confidence generates channels of discussion and dialogue between the belligerents. Hamas may not recognise Israel, but it still speaks to it via European and Middle Eastern interlocutors. Fatah and Israel speak directly. In its turn, belligerent-to-belligerent dialogue is often the engine for…

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By David Erkomaishvili

Ukraine: Reflecting on the Downing of Flight MH17

Comfortable? Do you think the civil wars in Syria and Ukraine don't concern you? Time to think again! Imagine yourself on-board a flight from north Europe to Southeast Asia (as nearly 300 people were on MH17) not interested in the news or politics. And then, for nothing related to your life or persuasion, you are a victim and it is your family lost in grieving shock. The accident (it is likely an accidental downing) over Ukraine reveals the level of disintegration and instability facing the…

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