The recent news that up to 8,000 refugees were adrift in the Andaman Sea momentarily highlighted the plight of one of the most vulnerable peoples in the world. Most are Rohingya, a Muslim minority from Myanmar (also known as Burma) fleeing violent persecution by nationalist and Buddhist extremists. Ordinarily, such issues receive almost no attention … Continue reading Chris Wilson | Kiwi compassion in an age of mass killing and displacement
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Tokyo in March this year, the revival of the old comparison between the alleged model student of historical apologies, Germany, and the unrepetant East Asian counterpart, Japan was on display in the Western media. In addition to recognizing the various Japanese official apologies for war and colonialism and the … Continue reading Patrick Flamm | German icons of leadership and remembrance: Lessons for Abe?
Despite the largely ceremonial role that the president plays in the Polish political system, the outcome of the Sunday’s election is very significant. After five years in office, the seemingly popular Bronisław Komorowski has lost to a little-known, albeit backed by the leading opposition party, Member of the European Parliament, Andrzej Duda. The scale of … Continue reading Zbigniew Dumieński | The defeat of “warm water politics”* in Poland?
The last eighteen months have been completely hellish for Ukraine. During my fieldwork in early October in 2013, I observed a palpable sanguinity among ordinary Ukrainians at the prospect of a brighter future under the proposed EU Association Agreement (of which many hoped full EU membership would organically flow). However, if we fast –forward to … Continue reading Nicholas Ross Smith | Seeds of the Ukraine crisis
On 9 May 2015, Russians celebrated the 70th Anniversary of their victory in the Great Patriotic War over Nazi Germany. However, the memorialisation of the Red Army’s celebrated march to Berlin has prompted discussion (outside Russia) of the mass rape of an estimated two million German women and girls by the occupying forces. April 2015 … Continue reading Stephen Winter | The Politics of Memory
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