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Hu Jintao (GPF)

GeoPolitical Futures: Hu Jintao By: George Friedman Date: 24 October 2022 “An extraordinary thing happened in China at the final meeting of the party congress over the weekend. Hu Jintao, the previous president of China, was sitting next to President Xi Jinping when two men approached from the rear. Hu rose and appeared increasingly surprised and then alarmed. A few...

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Is democracy only a democracy when your party wins?

The Brazilian opposition leader won the first round of the 2022 general election (ie, 48% vs 43%). However, news articles and comments are suggesting that he - and even democracy - have lost. Why? Because actual results differed from expectations. Voter polling statistics had claimed a landslide victory. The Brazilian elections are an example of two of my topics:...

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Relationship vs Situationship

Recently, the Belgian newspaper De Standaard published a (Dutch language) article: Do we have a relation? No, a situation. I got curious. Apparently, a situationship is a new buzz word; it's even already mentioned on Wikipedia: "a portmanteau of situational and relationship". "Non-committal relationships are so common, it seems like a new...

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Permission or forgiveness; not both

Recently, a friend proposed a move in our online game. I advised against it as I feared revenge or retaliation. My friend said (s)he would ask for permission. That permission was denied. Much to my surprise, my friend made that move anyway. Now, (s)he is seeking for forgiveness following the consequences. My 2019 blog, It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to...

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Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Shows Time Isn’t on Putin’s Side (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg opinion title: Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Shows Time Isn’t on Putin’s Side Bloomberg opinion subtitle: Russia’s president is overestimating the weakness of Europe’s democracies and underestimating Ukraine’s willingness to fight. By: Leonid Bershidsky Date: 8 September 2022 "A battle for initiative is raging in southern and eastern Ukraine, and signs...

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Depression is not a chemical imbalance in the brain.

On 21 May 2013, at about 4PM, it felt as if someone pushed a button at the back of my head during a meeting at work. My body then refused to follow my brain's instructions. Anything not work-related was not a problem (eg, driving home). After listening to my story, my doctor did not prescribe medication. On 20 July 2022, University College London published a "major...

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