Never mind the neo-fascists — democracy is the big winner in Slovakia’s latest election

March 19, 2020

The neo-fascists are down in Slovakia, as are the progressives, and the former ruling party.  But the anti-corruption campaigners of the upstart OLANO party have ridden a wave of popularity to a resounding victory in February’s parliamentary elections.  It all started with the murder of a journalist.  The 2018 killing of Ján Kuciak, a 28-year-old […]

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You can blame the Marxists for Vienna’s epically cheap rent

February 12, 2020

In the capital of Austria, housing is considered a human right — which may be why Vienna has been consistently ranked as one of the “world’s most liveable cities.”  But not everyone agrees with Vienna’s century-old housing policies — and the future of the city as a relatively low-rent location is in doubt. It’s the rent […]

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Anti-immigrant Poland actually loves cheap foreign workers

November 6, 2019

Even as Poles stream out of their own country for higher-paying jobs elsewhere in the European Union and abroad, Poland has become one of the world’s most coveted destination for economic migrants. This is happening despite the rise of the right-wing Law & Justice Party, which has exploited anti-immigrant sentiment to gain power — but […]

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Refugees clamor at Spain’s African border

September 7, 2018

Ceuta and Melilla, a pair of tiny, autonomous Spanish cities that border Morocco, are the only physical land borders the European Union has with Africa. In the 1990s Spanish authorities built two six-meter fences topped with barbed wire to defend the borders from thousands of desperate migrants each year. According to the United Nations-affiliated International Organization for […]

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German gesture to Namibia found wanting

September 4, 2018

Last week, the German government handed over the remains of Namibian men and women killed in what has been called “the first genocide of the 20th century.” Between 1904 and 1908, German imperial soldiers slaughtered tens of thousands of members of the Herero and Nama indigenous groups. The violence was prompted by an anti-colonial uprising in 1904that […]

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