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Russia and Ukraine are at War, Just Don’t Tell Anyone

According to European, American and Ukrainian sources, Russia has invaded Ukraine. The conflict has finally evolved into a conventional war, and yet policymakers in the Ukraine remain reluctant to actually declare war. After all, it has become customary for states to fight wars without declarations and if Ukraine is to declare war it will only legitimize more Russian attacks and allow Russia to play the role of the injured. The Ukrainian dilemma over the word “war” is an apt illustration of how words matter in international politics.

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Scottish Independence – a critical review

The upcoming referendum on the independence of Scotland from the United Kingdom has brought out many pundits, each with their own “evidence” on why Scotland should or should not leave the Union. In this article, Alochonaa’s incoming European Affairs Editor Mr. Chris Elcombe filters through the standard nationalist rhetoric and evaluates the political and economic problems and benefits associated with Scottish independence, and draws a complicated picture of the potentially independent Scotland’s chances on delivering better outcomes for its residents.

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The Asymmetric War in Gaza – An Israeli Perspective

Whilst the international media focuses on Israeli airstrikes and civilian casualties in Gaza, Koby Gur argues that few people stop to consider that many of these casualties are exactly what Hamas wants, and that Israeli casualties are only minimized through an elaborate and expensive anti-rocket system. For some Israeli’s, their response to Hamas is as proportionate as is possible, and demonstrates as much restraint as is practical in this kind of asymmetric war.

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The French Burqa Ban– So much for Liberté & Égalité!

Rainer Ebert critically evaluates the French burqa ban and the European Court of Human Rights’ recent decision to uphold it. Ebert argues that these decisions are bad for woman, bad for Europe, and part of an emerging illiberal trend in Europe. In Ebert’s evaluation , “France now finds itself in the undesirable company of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other countries that force women to dress in a particular way.”

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The Launch of the Dialogue Series

There are two sides to any great story, and we at Alochonaa aim to bring you diverse analysis from around the world and across the political spectrum. In our new dialogue series Alochonaa will bring together opposing sides of a debate and let them explain their story, in their own words, so you can critically evaluate the issues and be more informed.

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