Fleeing from Chaos to Another Chaos

Lebanon became the center of international attention when a warehouse full of fertiliser exploded in Beirut and killed 200 people. We at Libel have written about the accident itself and the political upheaval that has taken place in Lebanon before,…

The Ten Most Liberal Countries in Asia

In our previous articles, we at Libel have presented top ten lists of different regions around the world, such as Africa and Latin America. Now it’s Asia’s turn. The biggest continent by both landmass and population is home to various…

The EU’s Response to Hungary’s Democratic Backsliding

Hungary has undergone a significant transformation in the last decade, one that is often described as a democratic, or rule of law, backsliding. The roots of this negative development can be traced back to the landslide victory of Viktor Orbán’s…

Likud wins elctions – Third Israeli standoff in one year

On the 2nd of March Israel held parliamentary elections for the third time in one year. Between the outbreak of Coronavirus, the Middle East conflict and the indictment of Netanyahu the national elections almost fell into oblivion. Though, unexpectedly, the…

One Step Forward And Five Backward: A New Indonesian Penal Code

Since the finalization of Indonesia’s new criminal bill, headlines like “Indonesia: Draft Criminal Code Disastrous for Rights”, “Indonesia protests over sex before marriage bill”, and “Indonesian couple fear pre-marital sex ban will make them criminals” have been the center of…

Riots in Chile: “ I feel safe, as long as I don’t go to social events”

230 people injured and 26 dead- this is the tragic reality after more than one months of protests in Chile. Since the 14th of October thousands of young people have been demonstrating in Santiago de Chile, the capital of the…

Dutch Ambassador to Ukraine Close Friends with Alleged Mafia Figure

On Saturday July 13th Eduard Hoeks, the Dutch ambassador to Ukraine, visited the Odesa International Film Festival in the Ukrainian port city of Odesa. During the event, the ambassador took a picture with the mayor of Odesa, Gennadyi Trukhanov. The…

Protest in Russia: the Case of Ivan Golunov

Recent events in Russia hint at an opportunity for a new political reality in the country. The release of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov a few weeks ago followed unprecedented though still somewhat small-scale protests. This sends a clear message to…