Smoking is ok if the Pope does it” --Pius XIII in “The Young Pope” “If the President does it, it is not illegal” --President Nixon during his impeachment

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t is practically impossible to watch the latest rage on cable TV, the serial ten episode narration of a future Pope, Pius XIII, and not be struck by the uncanny parallels between it and the ancient political situation under emperor Caligula of the Roman Empire, as well as the present political landscape in the Atlantic Alliance under President Trump.

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injiang’s demographic and anthropic complexion is more complex than we tend to currently believe: according to China's 2000 census-taking, 40% of the population of East Turkestan-Xinjiang is Han Chinese, while the remaining 60% is Uyghur, Kazakh, Kyrgyz or Oirat.

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here is an intriguing movie making the rounds titled “The Young Pope” (which I have reviewed in a separate piece) where one see Pius XIII, the first American Pope, a Caligula type personality, turning Vatican politics into chaos. The parallels, not only with Emperor Caligula, but also with imperial President Trump are uncanny. But of course, that’s fiction; a world that could conceivably come about in the future in the Vatican.

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he Albanian nationhood as understood in the 19th century was part of a romanticist notion of nationality, i.e., the Albanians were the Balkan people whose mother tongue was Albanian regardless of any confessional division of Albanian people into three denominations (Moslem, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox).

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t has been almost more than a week as Mr. Trump has stepped into the White House. These 7 days saw the fulfillment of few promises. The White House was ringing with Executive Orders. Repealing of Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sanctioning Keystone and Dakota pipelines and halting the flow of funds for organizations that support abortion. How can we forget The Mexican Wall?

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he Parliamentary elections in Armenia will be held on 2 April 2017. Following constitutional amendments, endorsed by voters in a referendum in December 2015, Armenia is transitioning from a semi-presidential to a parliamentary political system. The changes considerably reduce the powers of the president in favour of the prime minister and the parliament. For the first time, voters will elect members of parliament (MPs) under the revised political system.

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Hitler didn’t steal power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people… Crisis provokes fear…that is the risk. In times of crisis we lack judgment.”–Pope Francis

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ecently Pope Francis has drawn a startling parallel between the rise of populism on both sides of the Atlantic, with its leaders promising a restoration of national identity and wholeness (e.g., Le Pen or Trump), and the rise of the Nazis some 80 years ago.

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any signals and food for thought have been provided by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin, in his very recent speech delivered at the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland.

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