Top 5 by Venus in Arms – week 28

Washington: Republicans won midterm elections, taking control of the Senate. According to Lynn Vavreck: “The economy elects presidents. Presidents elect Congress”. Here you’ll find additional analyses on the “fundamentals” of the US midterm elections.

Burkina Faso is on fire. The International Crisis Group collects the most recent articles that allow to understand  the complex political situation in Ouagadougou.  On Burkina, protests and dictators in Africa see also this analysis by Andrew G. Reiter.

Waiting for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we suggest these amazing interactive pictures provided by The Guardian. Sean Gallup has photographed locations around Berlin today to match with archive images of when the city was divided

In the meanwhile the war in Afghanistan is not over. As stated by Stars and Stripes, the top US commander in Afghanistan, General John Campbell, is: “assessing whether more coalition troops should stay in the country to train Afghan troops for longer than would be allowed under the Obama administration’s current plans for a complete withdrawal in 2016”.

Finally, a poll on China with surprising findings. The Pew Research has asked internationally the following question: “Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of China?”. The percentage (responding unfavorable) are extremely high (as expected) in Japan or Vietnam. Oddly enough, Italy ranks as third in this chart. Mmm, still thinking about possible explanations…

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