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Dune 2021 in Perspective: A Tale of Lofty Intentions buried under somebody else’s Sandcastles — PART I

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD A number of factors worked against me enjoying this movie. I’m a fan of both Frank Herbert and the 1984 David Lynch movie, am hypersensitive about Hollywood politics and I’d recently watched two stunning movies that upped my expectations to breaking point. A wonderful fanedit[1] …

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The impact of Serbia’s “low wage policy”

As young people increasingly choose to emigrate in search of better opportunities, Serbia started facing labor shortages. Many entrepreneurs operating in the Balkan nation still refuse to pay relatively decent salaries, hoping that they will manage to hire foreign workers, mainly from Southeast Asia. By Nikola MikovicOfficially, the unemployment rate …

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Russo-Taliban tango in Central Asia

The withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan threatens to destabilize Central Asia – a region that has traditionally been in the Russian sphere of influence.By Nikola MikovicThere are fears in the Kremlin that the Taliban, especially its radical fractions, could spoil some of Russia’s plans in neighboring …

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Saudi Arabia’s first female tour guide stood at the forefront of social reforms in the kingdom

Saudi Arabia is on a path of dramatic economic and social reforms. The reforms, launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are aimed at modernizing the kingdom and are welcomed both nationally and internationally. Abir Abusulayman stands at the forefront of social reforms, in particular women’s right to choose. The …

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Russia and the West: a never-ending partnership

Mainstream media tend to portray Russia and the West as bitter geopolitical rivals. In reality, Moscow and Western powers often act as partners, especially when it comes to energy. By Nikola MikovicFollowing the Kremlin’s incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation in 2014, as well as Russia’s actions in the …

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How Russia benefits from Western sanctions against Belarus

Belarus could soon become a no-fly zone for most European airlines, as the Eastern European country strains relations with the West. Following the diversion of a Ryanair flight by the Belarusian authorities, and the arrest of Roman Protasevich – co-founder of anti-Lukashenko Nexta TV – several European capitals have already …

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Is Covid 19 a deliberate crime against humanity?

A second Nuremberg tribunal is being prepared under the aegis of thousands of lawyers worldwide behind the German lawyer Reiner Fuellmich. The German attorney is prosecuting all those responsible for the Covid-19 scandal used by the Davos Forum. Global officials will be prosecuted under the pretense that COVID 19 is …

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Moscow on the verge of a geopolitical defeat in Sudan in “new cold war” with Washington

The “new Cold War” between the US and Russia in northeast Africa intensifies. Washington and Moscow struggle to increase their military presence in Sudan.By Nikola MikovicSudan reportedly decided to suspend an agreement granting Moscow permission to construct a naval base just north of Port Sudan, the country’s main commercial hub …

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Turkey and the Donbass war: Balancing between Russia and Ukraine

Ukraine is actively preparing for a potential conflict escalation in the coal-rich Donbass region that is currently controlled by the pro-Russian forces. Kiev sees Turkey as a strategic partner and is purchasing Turkish-made Bayraktar drones. What is Ankara’s position in this proxy-war?By Nikola MikovicAfter Western-backed opposition overthrew allegedly pro-Russian Ukrainian …

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Tunisian Human Rights advocates: ‘all charges against LGBT activist Rania Amdouni should be dropped immediately’ (UPDATE)

“Tunisian authorities should drop the charges against Rania Amdouni, a prominent women’s rights defender and LGBT activist”, said Hamza Nasri a Tunisian Human Rights activist and defender. Amdouni was sentenced to six months in prison last month for ‘insulting a public officer’.By Arthur BlokNasri is a member of the Tunisian …

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Virologist sends open letter to the WHO: ‘We are going to pay Huge Price for COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign’

In an open letter to World Health Organization (WHO) and in a follow-up video interview, Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche recently claimed that by vaccinating everyone with a vaccine that does not prevent transmission, we are destroying people’s immune systems, and setting the stage for a global health disaster. The WHO …

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Dr. Csicsery-Ronay Istvan on The Golden Mean between Local and Global SF

Emad El-Din Aysha: Dear Dr. Csicsery-Ronay Istvan. First please let me apologise for saying doctor. In Arabic countries we take such honorifics very seriously, even when speaking English. Secondly, please tell us something about yourself. Where you teach, your background? What drew you to science fiction and specifically non-Anglophone SF? …

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Russia and Ukraine: Preparations for war in the Donbass

Ever since leaders of Russia and Ukraine signed the truce agreement in 2015, there have been rumors about a possible new war over the coal-rich Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine. Indeed, sooner or later hostilities between Russia-backed Donbass forces and Western-sponsored Ukraine will resume. Has the time come for this …

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Armenia moving from crisis to crisis

Armenia is facing a serious political turmoil. The country’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accused top military officers of attempting a coup after the army reportedly demanded his resignation. How will the situation in the Caucasus unfold? By Nikola Mikovic Pashinyan has been in trouble after he fired a high-ranking …

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Ukraine between de-Russification and “tariff genocide”

Ukraine has been firmly in the United States’ sphere of influence ever since Maidan protests in 2013-2014, that resulted in the overthrow of the allegedly pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Even though the Kremlin-backed Opposition Platform for Life (OPFL) approval ratings are rising, there is no danger for the former Soviet …

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In Central Asia authoritarianism prevails over Western democracy

Authoritarian tendencies in Central Asia continue to grow. The region lacks democratic traditions and its clan-based societies overwhelmingly prefer some form of despotism rather than Western liberal democracy. By Nikola Mikovic Voters in Kyrgyzstan recently decided to abandon parliamentary democracy. The former Soviet republic is returning to the presidential political …

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