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Tammy Ho Lai-Ming: Contemplating Existence

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming: Contemplating Existence

I imagine this concrete structure next to a row of outdoor dining tables in Tsim Sha Tsui to be a time machine, covered with fauna and largely forgotten.

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Albania is the Future of Europe

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Albania is the Future of Europe

For seven years now I have lived in Albania. I have seen ambassadors and foreign representatives come and go. And they all, so they say, share this same ideal: to make Albania a better place.

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Sliding Towards Autocracy

Sliding Towards Autocracy

Viktor Orbán and his populist radical right Fidesz is with the support of Jobbik sliding towards autocracy. A favorite scapegoat for the Hungarian neo-nationalists is the American-Hungarian, Jewish philanthropist George Soros.

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Welcome to Cairo

Welcome to Cairo

"Welcome to the hell that is Cairo, where life is one long wait, and the smell of trash and assorted animal dung hangs about all the time and everywhere," writes Naji in Using Life.

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Be the City

Be the City

For two seasons when I was nine, I lived in a refugee hostel outside Rome, a place where time had stopped and people waited without purpose, plan, or country.

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Valery Kalnysh: Goodbye, Radio Vesti

Valery Kalnysh: Goodbye, Radio Vesti

Since 4 March, you can no longer tune into Radio Vesti — Ukraine’s only talk radio station —in Kyiv. Prior to this, nearly all of the radio station’s journalists resigned, as well as most of the station’s technical staff.

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Jerry D. Moore: The River of Paintings

Jerry D. Moore: The River of Paintings

One cannot travel in Patagonia uninfluenced by Bruce Chatwin. Chatwin portrayed Patagonia as a landscape of impermanence, a region of wind-blown steppe sparsely inhabited by displaced lives.

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Tammy Ho Lai-Ming: Things I Heard About Hong Kong in 2016

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming: Things I Heard About Hong Kong in 2016

I heard that Hong Kong children are not happy. Those aged eight to nine and those over fourteen are particularly discontented. I heard that even kindergarten children have to do lots of homework.

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What are the prospects for Burkinabè politics now?

What are the prospects for Burkinabè politics now?

In late October 2014, hundreds of thousands of people poured onto the streets of Burkina Faso, incensed by Blaise Compaoré’s bid to change the constitution and seek a fifth presidential term.

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: A Nuclear Attack on Meaning

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: A Nuclear Attack on Meaning

On November 19, Prime Minister Edi Rama, Minister of Interior Affairs Saimir Tahiri, and media entrepreneur Carlo Bollino opened Bunk’Art 2, an exhibition space managed by the latter one.

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Identity structures have a pulsating form and intersubjective nucleus…

Identity structures have a pulsating form and intersubjective nucleus…

Today, global society is at the stage of searching for a model of social cohabitation. The problem lies in the fact that global societies have constructed their identities through culture and religion and therefore the process of cohabitation with others appears only as a process of assimilation.

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The Truth of Rama by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

The Truth of Rama by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

In October 2015, Endri Fuga, former co-founder of Mjaft and Propaganda Boss at the Office of Prime Minister Edi Rama announced the launch of a new governmental website, transparenca.al. According to Fuga, this “transparency website,” paid with taxpayers’ money, has as its sole purpose to deny “the slander of...

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Holy LED

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Holy LED

Skënderbeg Square has once again become a giant building site in order to be transformed into a nationalist underground parking lot.

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Michael Thomsen on Haiti

Michael Thomsen on Haiti

After a visit to Haiti in the first week after the quake, Chelsea Clinton, who was traveling with Partners in Health, wrote an email to Bill, Hillary, and their chief aides, describing shock at the “mind numbing” incompetence of many aid workers.

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Mantua Blue

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Mantua Blue

Edi Rama, Blue Lunetta, public intervention, Mantua, Italy (2016). by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei Albania and Mantua, the latter a provincial city in northern Italy, the former a country still somehow pretending to be EU-worthy. No one would ever think that these two geographical entities would have any...

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Putin’s regime has no real ideology…

Putin’s regime has no real ideology…

Putin is now plainly following the same tactic in US electoral politics that he has successfully promoted in Greece and elsewhere: supporting both far-right and left tendencies indiscriminately.

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Feroz Rather on Kashmir

Feroz Rather on Kashmir

In the mounting heap of blood-soaked images, I have a recurrent dream about Kashmir: a night filled with desolation and toxic smoke. I hear women wailing in the distance. The ground is abysmal and shaky. The street is a litter of limbs and stones and broken glass.

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Top Tips by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

Top Tips by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

The remainders of a socialist realist bas-relief on a heap of former Qemal Stafa Stadium debris. Photo from Edi Rama’s Facebook. by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei For the last two months, I have been woken every day by workmen below my apartment building, viciously attempting to renovate the...

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Dissolving in the Acid by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

Dissolving in the Acid by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

In the wake of the Brexit it is perhaps time to look at what Tory leadership contender and Brutus impersonator Michael Gove termed “The Albanian Option.”

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