The country Thailand is often associated with many things. Usually pleasant ones. Holidays in the sun, Thai food, Thai culture, the night life in Bangkok and so on. But that is soon to be over. Since a coup d’état in 2014, the country faces a severe decline of democracy and human rights. It found… Read More What is the future of the junta in Thailand?
Fights broke out between Armenian and Azerbaijani soldiers today. Most diplomats knew it would happen sooner or later. During a visit at the council of Europe in Strasbourg in February I witnessed the tensions between both countries’ representatives, during speeches. The council’s former president, Anne Brasseur, whom we spoke with, also expressed her concern about… Read More New escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan
Some time ago I posted an article about Myanmar and the recent elections that were held in the country (it can be found here: https://commented-news.com/2015/12/09/a-banknote-as-a-symbol-of-change/ ). Now on the first of February the parliament held its opening session and the first time in 50 years, democratically elected MP’s participated in it. Of 664 MP’s,… Read More the current situation in myanmar
A simple Burmese banknote worth 5.000 Kyats (3.60€, 4$, 2.60£) has agitated the whole south-east Asian country. But this simple piece of paper is most likely to tell us more about future of the country than anything else. It has been signed by former dictator Than Shwe, his successor Thein Sein and the… Read More A banknote as a symbol of change
December 6th 2015 is a date that may very well enter history. It is not the day the right wing Front National got a huge amount of votes in France. No. It is the day that Pakistan and India got closer and held a friendly meeting. Since their separation in 1947, both countries have hated… Read More A possible end to India-Pakistan hostility?
This may be something that happened a few weeks ago, but it is highly important. We all know that only a small part of the Muslim community in the world are terrorists. But nothing shows this better than the following example. In the beginning of November, over 1.000 Muslim authorities in India signed a fatwa… Read More Indian muslims say no to terrorism