14Dec 2017

The US government has a history of interfering in Mexico’s elections, backing center-right politicians with a pro-US agenda. However at the end of 2002, Washington made an unusual decision: the presidential profile of a Mexican leftist populist received an unexpected boost from the Bush administration. Rudolf Giuliani and Bernard Kerik came to Mexico City to… Continue reading

08Dec 2017

Trump’s war with the „Deep State” As reported by various publications across the United States in the last couple of days, the Trump White House is reportedly considering a proposal for a global, private spy network that would essentially work as a counter to the „deep state enemies” who want to undermine Trump’s Presidency. It… Continue reading

06Dec 2017

It’s been almost a year since the creation of the Belgian parliamentary commission aiming to investigate the circumstances that led to the adoption of the extended settlement law. Normally, its workings should have been concluded by now. Instead, it lost two experts, it was marred in scandals concerning press leaks, and it failed to come… Continue reading

04Dec 2017

The Uzbek version of the KGB, the National Security Service (SNB), was modeled after the secret police of the Soviet Union. When Rustam Inoyatov, himself a former KGB agent, was appointed head of the SNB in 1995, the special service was already a fearsome institution. But it was Inoyatov who transformed the SNB into the… Continue reading

04Dec 2017

Everywhere we look around the globe, we sometimes spot a country that is filled with paradoxes – but none come closer to this situation than the Democratic Republic of Congo, located in Central Africa. The second largest country in Africa (and largest in Sub-Saharan Africa), with a population of over 78 million people, Congo might… Continue reading

18Nov 2017

On 16 February 1999, six car bombs exploded outside Uzbekistan Government headquarters in Tashkent, killing 16 people and injuring more than 120. Shortly after the attack, president Islam Karimov visited the site of the explosions. He was flanked by two men in uniform: Rustam Inoyatov, the head of the National Security Service, and Zokir Almatov,… Continue reading

10Nov 2017

Although there is an international arrest warrant issued on her name, Botagoz Jardemalie, a Kazakhstani national and the right hand of Mukhtar Ablyazov, had a company in Brussels, Belgium, and repeatedly visited the country without any hindrance from Belgian authorities. Who is Botagoz Jardemalie? Jardemalie was born on 10 July 1976 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In… Continue reading

10Nov 2017

Trump and Obrador share a mutual friend: former New York mayor Rudolf Giuliani. In 2000, Obrador won the election for mayor of Mexico City with a campaign full of anti-American rhetoric. He specifically criticized Giuliani’s approach to crime. Once in office, mayor Obrador invited Giuliani to save Mexico City. Obrador hired Giuliani for US$4.3 million…. Continue reading