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Kickboxing World Champion On Trial For Savage Beating Of Oktoberfest Waiter

Besim Kabashi, the Kosovo-born, Munich-based world heavyweight kickboxing champion, is alleged to have let loose a flurry of punches and kicks on a waiter who'd told him to leave a table under an Oktoberfest tent. Kabashi says he was too drunk to

Besim Kabashi, heavy and superheavyweight kickboxing world champion
Besim Kabashi, heavy and superheavyweight kickboxing world champion
Christian Rost

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MUNICH - Besim Kabashi claims to be "the hardest puncher in Germany." And Sebastian A., a waiter, is unlikely to argue with that, having served as punching bag for the world's heavy and superheavyweight kickboxing champion.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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