Putin-ification

Between 2005 and 2020, the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan had five presidential transitions of power. Three occurred due to widespread protests and civil unrest. Two occurred through peaceful and democratic means. Now current Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov, who won 80 percent of the vote in...

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The Perpetual Outsiders

Thailand’s constitutional court agreed Wednesday to consider a case that could lead to the dissolution of the opposition Move Forward Party, a decision that dealt another blow to the country’s anti-establishment movement advocating for major institutional reforms, Reuters reported. The case stems from a complaint filed...

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The Eye of the Storm

Iran vowed retaliation against Israel following a deadly strike in the Syrian capital this week that killed 12 individuals, including two high-ranking Iranian generals, an attack that has intensified tensions in the region, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. On Monday, an alleged Israeli airstrike hit Iran’s...

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All Work, All Play

Research has shown that play is vital for the young chimpanzee’s physical and psychological development. Great apes, such as gorillas and bonobos, engage in some form of play, too, such as tickling, joking and chasing each other. But during periods of food scarcity, chimps usually tone...

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