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Book Review: Paul F. Diehl, Charlotte Ku, “The Dynamics of International Law”

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The book: Paul F. Diehl, Charlotte Ku, “The Dynamics of International Law” (Cambridge University Press, 2010) brings a new framework for analysis and a model for legal change and influence of normative change in international law indicating the systemic imbalance of international law. To my mind this book is probably offering the best academic solutions to […]

European Weekend School 2011 – Updated!

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On 4 May 2011 (Latvian Independence Day) I came to Istanbul with the aim to attend the Weekend School organized by the Boğaziçi University Center for European Studies Student Forum (CESSF) (the university has  Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence) on the general topic: “Accession to the EU: Expectations and Realities” taking place from 5 to 7 May 2011.   5 May […]

Are you people begging for the nuclear WW?

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Ynetnews at 3.05:  “Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi survived a NATO airstrike on Saturday night that killed his youngest son Saif al-Arab and three of his grandchildren, a Libyan government spokesman said. Mussa Ibrahim said Saif al-Arab was a civilian and a student who had studied in Germany. He was 29 years old”.  Will Iran be the next […]

Opening Internal Market to the Islamic Market? Step-by-Step?

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I think that many political and security problems would be solved in the world if Enlargement and Neighbourhood Commissioner Štefan Füle’s words: “European Union should offer its southern neighbours the chance to participate in its single market and join the European Economic Area” (referred by Euractiv) would come true. When I look at the Motion […]

“Happy Passover, Israel!”

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I am trying to politically and ideologically analyse how could the Israelis understand the wish: “Happy Passover!” The wish “Happy passover” clearly reminds the Israelis their Exodus – when on the one hand the ancient Israelis were freed from slavery in Egypt (Exodus, Chapter 12), but on the other hand they were sent out of Egypt – the area they inhabited. […]

The Anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill – Updated!

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On 20 April 2011 the week ahead faces the one-year anniversary of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The aim of this posting is to investigate whether this disaster could have been organized by terrorists with the aim to politically and economically destabilize the United States, and may it have connection with the bombing by […]

Strasbourg Plenary 4-7 April

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Topics on Agenda: Nuclear power plants: stress tests and safety standards. – Lampedusa crisis: how to cope with migrants from North Africa? – Spotlight on European Council conclusions. – Roma inclusion measures. – Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, call for radical rethink of relations with EU neighbours (Mário David, who drafted a report on the policy distinguishes between two […]

Multiple Research Approaches in Social Sciences – Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

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Katrin Niglas, Professor of Data Analysis at the Institute of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Tallinn University gave a lecture: „Kombineeritud ning alternatiivsed uuringudisainid sotsiaalteaduslikus uurimistöös“ that could be translated as: „Combined and Alternative Research Designs in Social Sciences Research“ on 31 March 2011 in the framework of Studia Generalia. The lecture based on Katrin […]

The European Council of 24 to 25 March

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From 24 to 25 March 2011 was held the spring European Council. Again – as it is already the last day of March today, I feel somehow obliged to make for at least myself some conclusions about that European Council.  The European Council began with expression of condolences for the loss of life in Japan.  Concerning […]

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