June 23, 2014

By Mauricio Savarese

The “Arab Spring” which first broke out in Tunisia and disseminated to many countries in the Arab world has become one of the most actual topics of the international political agenda in the recent years. The protests that began against the Gaddafi regime after the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt led the opponents to unite under a single umbrella in a short time and form the main opposition in the country. The opponents which first came to the fore with civilian protest movements then continued their struggle against the government with armed attacks.

October 7, 2014

By Mauricio Savarese

August 15, 2014

By Mauricio Savarese

In this article relationships of Turkey and Germany will be researched from historical, cultural and social aspects. We will also analyze the communication and interaction aspects of these two cultures having different cultures. When the we examine the relations between Germany and Turkey, we ca observe that the fundaments of the relations between two countries in fact have been laid centuries before and keeps continuing until today. 

After the initial disbelief for the tragic death of presidential hopeful Eduardo Campos (1965-2014), I remembered he is in one of my favorite Brasilia stories. Back in 2003, on the first day his good friend Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was sitting on the most important chair of the Executive, the young leader of a still socialist PSB party booked a visit. He was full of enthusiasm for not being in the opposition any longer.

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the G20’s “financial stability board,” cancelled his trip to Austria for the G20 summit. He has been joined by a number of other leading British politicians. Gordon Brown is in Scotland, shaking hands and urging a “no” vote. All three of the UK’s major political parties — the Labour Party, the Conservative Party, and the Liberal Democratic Party — are mobilizing their forces to prevent what could very well take place on September 18th.  

June 2, 2014

By Elvin Aghayev & Filiz Katman

The political problems related to Syria is a matter which has been discussed from various points of view in the world press in the recent years and have never fallen off the foreign policy agenda of the countries in the world. In this study we shall try to examine the attitude of Russia towards Syria, the historical political, economic and military interests of Russia related to this country and the strategies that it had followed in relation thereto and take care to perceive and interprete the general strategy of this super power in the region.

December 16, 2014

By Mauricio Savarese

There is almost always a low turnout during a midterm election and the party which controls the White House tends to lose. This is definitely true but should not let us off the hook. 2. The Democratic base largely stayed home except in certain important races, such as in North Carolina. I think that we have to face the reality that the base that would be expected to vote Democratic was dis-spirited. It is not just the ads that the Republicans ran. The Obama administration has not led in a progressive direction.

Don’t believe the hype: Brazil’s presidential hopefuls Dilma Rousseff and Aécio Neves aren’t really that different. It might be a sin to say this in the streets of São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, but neither candidate will cut social programs or avoid tough fiscal measures in 2015. Although financial market analysts and excitable leftists are describing the run-off as a battle between a moral giant and the devil, Rousseff and Neves are actually very similar when it comes to most issues.

The campaign about change became the campaign about rejection: about 40% said no to continuity with change and about 40% said no to change with continuity — 20%, as usual, simply abstained. In the end, after bitter three weeks, President Dilma Rousseff was re-elected with the support of 38% of the actual Brazilian electorate, in the tightest election the country has ever seen. She has the Presidency and 100% of the ministers and government officials, but the mandate is thin.

November 7, 2014

By Bill Fletcher

The opposition actually looks stronger than the winners of this year’s presidential election. They still give a hard time to President Dilma Rousseff, who won reelection by the tightest margin ever in our young democracy: 1,5% or 3 million votes. It has been weeks since the results were announced and the defeated candidate Aécio Neves continues to enjoy his time in the limelight, now at the Senate. Their improvement is so clear that the 2018 race has clearly begun for him and São Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin, his likely rival for the top of the next anti-Lula ticket.

August 20, 2014

By Elvin Aghayev


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August 25, 2014

By Elvin Aghayev

September 17, 2014

By Calep Maupin

October 29, 2014

By Mauricio Savarese

In the end of last year I wrote ten reasons why the World Cup wouldn’t be chaotic. Obviously there was a lot of criticism to that post, but I stood by it because I saw some trends in Brazilian society that led to what we are seeing now — all going smoothly, with minor hiccups, like everywhere else. In September last year I said protests would be small and maybe violent during this month. The reasons were mounting since protests became frequent and without a clear focus, without the rise in transport fares being an issue any longer.