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Peace, please

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Stabat mater dolorosa Stood the mother weeping Over the coffin of her son She was holding a photo of him In a frame Her son a soldier, aged twenty-five * The mother didn’t shout, she wasn’t loud A pretty young woman in black clothes Her pain was decent and deep Not ostentatious She didn’t beat

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A Roadmap to Grieving

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Are you or someone you know grieving? If you’re currently helping refugees or going through any type of life change, this will be for you. Anytime we leave behind life as we know it, we actually mourn that which we’ve left behind. Be it for something small like moving apartments, or big like fleeing a

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Embargoing Russian oil: the Mother of all Sanctions

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The European Union and other Western governments have levied unprecedented sanctions on Russia following Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The Russian central bank is one of the entities sanctioned, which will likely make Russia go into default. This will mean that it cannot pay its international creditors because its assets are frozen. However, the mother

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Fleeing Ukraine and Believing in Miracles

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In the midst of all the madness, with millions of people fleeing Ukraine, I received an email from a friend of Leipglo’s. There’s a Ukrainian family in Leipzig, who fled with their young son partway through his chemotherapy treatment. Would we be interested in doing a story on them? There was no hesitation on my

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Putin’s War on Ukraine

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On 24 February, Russian forces invaded Ukraine as her citizens slept. Ukrainian women and children fled across the borders to safety. The men stayed behind and lined up to receive arms and basic training, thrust into voluntary military service to defend their country. As the world looked on in growing horror, Russian president, Vladimir Putin,

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Germany’s response to the war on Ukraine

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On 28 February, Chancellor Scholz announced the creation of a special €100bn fund to support the Bundeswehr. He also committed to raising Germany’s military spending to 2% of its GPD. This is a 35% overnight increase, and he proposed enshrining this figure in the constitution. The decision was applauded by Bundestag members and political commentators

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