Presenting the six Colombian presidential candidates

The political climate in Colombia is poisoned. The race for the highest post in Colombian politics is mostly influenced by a person who is not even running, former president Álvaro Uribe. The battle between president-candidate Juan Manuel Santos and Óscar Zuluaga, the puppet of Uribe who is today the arch enemy of Santos, is characterized by dirty campaigning and startling accusations against each other. However, in total there are six candidates in the race (including a non-existing one) to be the next president. This blog post will present all of them. Continue reading “Presenting the six Colombian presidential candidates”


Colombia: Why Santos has such a hard time to be re-elected

Santos (c)

Imagine an election where you have candidates to chose from but you have no idea whom to vote for. Colombia’s presidential elections are just 10 days to go, and yet my (liberal and probably rather left-leaning) friends in Bogotá say that they have no clue whom they should vote for on 25 May. According to the latest polls, it is not clear if current president Juan Manuel Santos (62) will be re-elected, for sure he is not going to make in the first round. Continue reading “Colombia: Why Santos has such a hard time to be re-elected”

Nigeria: Why #BringBackOurGirls does matter

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Boko Haram is spreading fear in Nigeria. Now, this radical Islamist group has also become a household name in the Western world due to the abduction of some 250 school girls in north-eastern Nigeria in the village of Chibok in mid-April 2014. Although the Nigerian government reported that the girls were found a couple of days afterwards, it turned out it was not true. Rather, president Goodluck Jonathan and his government seemed to take no attempts to bring back these girls to their parents. In the meantime, Boko Haram announced that these girls would be sold on markets, basically as slaves. Continue reading “Nigeria: Why #BringBackOurGirls does matter”

Austria’s “declaration of bankruptcy” in development cooperation

Austria's engagement in the world (c)

Austria has done it again, just another time. The budget for development cooperation was cut by 20% for the year 2015. Although heads of states and government, including Austria, agreed in 2000 that the so-called developed countries will provide 0.7% of their Gross National Income (GNI) for development, quite some countries have consistently ignored this pledge. Although Austria is one of the richest countries in the world (second richest country in the EU in 2013), it spent only 0.28% for aid in 2013; even worse, this percentage will now further decline in 2015. Continue reading “Austria’s “declaration of bankruptcy” in development cooperation”