Silvio Berlusconi has proposed introducing a flat tax as part of his electoral campaigning. (Credit: EPP/Flickr)

A flat tax is for a flat earth

This was my answer to Grzegorz Kolodko, Poland’s minister of finance and first deputy premier for the economy (1994-97 and 2002-03), when in the...
Under siege: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Credit: United Nations Photo/Flickr)

Demonstrations in Iran

Over the new year period, the world’s attention was drawn to events in Iran, where a series of protests provoked analysis and outrage in...
Uzbek and Tajik migrants in Russia, September 2008. (Credit: Fred. S/Flickr)

The problems of Central Asian migration to Russia

When we consider that over three percent of the world’s population lives outside their country of origin, and almost half of them from less...
Ruined by war. Aleppo, June 2017. (Credit: SebDech/Flickr)

Where are US-Russia relations headed?

Paul Saunders: Let me start with Ukraine. The Trump administration recently approved the sale of certain lethal weapons to the Ukrainian government. You are...
Refugees approach the Greek island of Lesbos. (Credit: Steve Evans/Flickr)

European migration management: A plan of action

Everyone agrees that the European Union has not handled the ongoing Mediterranean migration crisis well. Missteps and missed opportunities have split Member States and...
Peshmerga fighter in northern Iraq, September 2014. (Credit: Kurdishstruggle/Flickr)

What do the riots in northern Iraq mean?

During a December visit to Germany by Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, serious internal disturbances were taking place back in Iraqi Kurdistan. Demonstrations and...
Revolutionary nostalgia (Berlin remix). Karl-Marx-Straße, August 2017. (Credit: Joel Schalit/Souciant)

Reimagining Soviet history: The October 1917 Revolution and the New Economic Policy

On 29 November, the DOC Research Institute hosted the Were there viable alternatives in 1917 and 1929? conference at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Sponsored by...
Rojava solidarity flyer, Berlin. (Credit: Joel Schalit/Souciant)

Rojava and beyond

Throughout the Syrian Civil War, one of the few constants has been the strengthening of the Kurdish community. Their self-proclaimed autonomy in the north...
The real winner of Austria's election: Far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ). (Credit: Gregor Tatschl/Flickr)

The Austrian elections: Expectations and reality

The 26th Austrian elections took place with interesting, though expected results. As predicted, the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) received the largest number of...
China, The Three Gorges (Credit: gyn9038/Bigstock)

China: Leading the fight against global warming?

The Kyoto Protocol, which was signed in 1997 and came into force in 2005, envisaged binding targets for cutting emissions only for industrialised countries...


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