Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Kashmir: The communalisation of a political dispute

Kashmir: The communalisation of a political dispute

Jul 26, 2017

On January 19 this year, as I left a snow-clad Srinagar, steeped in the absurd simultaneity of hope and despair that characterises the Kashmir Valley under Indian rule, the date resonated in my mind. Twenty-seven years ago, this was the date that marked a significant fracture of the people of Kashmir along communal lines. An...

No Justice, No Peace for Yemeni Children

No Justice, No Peace for Yemeni Children

Jul 21, 2017

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 2017 (IPS) – Human rights groups are urging the UN Secretary-General to include the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) in a child rights’ “shame list” after documenting grave violations against children. Save the Children and the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict have documented at least 23 SLC airstrikes...

The Middle East’s Next War

The Middle East’s Next War

Jul 21, 2017

By Joschka Fischer BERLIN – With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS) could soon be a thing of the past. But the defeat of ISIS and the demise of its self-proclaimed Iraqi-Syrian caliphate won’t bring peace to the Middle East, or even an end to the Syrian tragedy. Rather, it is likely to open a new chapter in the region’s bloody and...

The 2016 transition into peace in Colombia

The 2016 transition into peace in Colombia

Jul 20, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy FRANCESC BADIA I DALMASES 19 July 2017 2016 will probably be considered a lesson for the history of peace negotiations. We edited in an eBook a selection of the most relevant articles about the post-conflict that we published last year. Read here the conclusions. Español Graffiti in Nasa, Colombia. Demotix/Joana...

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Jul 20, 2017

Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 7:19am, July 20, 2017. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Empire of Destruction Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh By Tom Engelhardt You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human...

Mosul in ruins: ‘I see only despair around us’

Mosul in ruins: ‘I see only despair around us’

Jul 18, 2017

  Mosul, Iraq – Western Mosul is in ruins. From the tenth floor of a badly damaged hotel in Iraq’s second-largest city, destroyed buildings and roads can be seen for miles on end. There is no building that has not been touched by fights and air attacks. The smell of decaying bodies fills the hot July...

Don’t Move Resources from Development to Security, Warns UN Chief

Don’t Move Resources from Development to Security, Warns UN Chief

Jul 17, 2017

By António Guterres António Guterres, UN Secretary-General at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development UNITED NATIONS, Jul 17 2017 (IPS) – Twenty years ago, when I was starting my functions as Prime Minister of Portugal, the world was surfing a wave of optimism. The Cold War had ended, technological prosperity was in full swing, the...

Be Like Luke: Courage and Common Sense in the Age of Consumer Electronics

Be Like Luke: Courage and Common Sense in the Age of Consumer Electronics

Jul 16, 2017

By Roy Lee “I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new empire.” — Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith In the ever-popular Star Wars series, the Sith and Rebel Alliance are pitted against the Galactic Empire, a dictatorship based on...

Is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war?

Is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war?

Jul 15, 2017

On August 1, 1966, after the collapse of last-ditch attempts by Nigeria’s power brokers to prevent the impending civil war, Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu said only one thing would make the rebels cease fire: “that the Republic of Nigeria be split into its component parts; and all southerners in the North be repatriated to the...

UN ends round of Syria with ‘no breakthrough’

UN ends round of Syria with ‘no breakthrough’

Jul 15, 2017

The seventh round of intra-Syria talks aimed at helping to end the country’s six-year-old war wrapped up with “no breakthrough, no breakdown”. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday the Syrian government has not budged in its unwillingness to discuss political transition at the talks in Geneva while President Bashar al –...