My favourite 10 political podcasts in 2016

Some three years ago, I discovered podcasts. Sure, I knew already beforehand that podcasts exist. Yet, as so much in life, one does not necessarily pick up what is offered. This is what happened with me as I ignored podcasts for way too long. In the last years the production of podcasts has been thriving and ever more news outlets bring out their own podcasts. Continue reading “My favourite 10 political podcasts in 2016”

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) www.entwicklung.at

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”

Turkey’s step towards accepting Armenian mass killings

Armenian genocide memorial (c) Flickr/Zadoune

Today, Armenians all around the world start to remember the victims of the Armenian genocide, the brutal murder of some one million people that started 99 years ago. However, a small revolution took place and the world hardly noticed it. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called the events of 1915 for the first time as “inhumane.” These words could transform the almost non-existing relations between Turkey and Armenia. For sure, Turkey is still not ready yet to accept that genocide or a genocidal attempt took place during World War I in the Ottoman Empire against Armenians. However, Erdogan’s remarks could break the ice and bring back some kind any normality in the region. At the same time, there are loads of spoilers out there that will try to undermine the process. Continue reading “Turkey’s step towards accepting Armenian mass killings”