Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Israeli measures at al-Aqsa will ‘increase resistance’

Israeli measures at al-Aqsa will ‘increase resistance’

Jul 22, 2017

The new measures of control implemented by Israeli forces in Jerusalem’s Old City after a deadly gun battle will only lead to more attacks and an escalation in violence, analysts say. The installation of metal detectors and turnstiles at the entrance to al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the site of the attack, has enraged Palestinians, who believe the…...

Venezuela’s Rebels With a Cause

Venezuela’s Rebels With a Cause

Jul 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anne-Marie Slaughter and Fabiana Perera WASHINGTON, DC – The image of Wuilly Arteaga crying after Venezuelan security forces destroyed his violin has been seen by millions of people around the world. The 23-year-old Arteaga had joined in the protests against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government by playing...

Modi’s polarising populism makes a fiction of a secular, democratic India

Modi’s polarising populism makes a fiction of a secular, democratic India

Jul 16, 2017

Irfan Ahmad, Max Planck Institute This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative between The Conversation and the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. This is the second in a series, After Populism, about the challenges populism...

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 South…...

Brazilian Corruption Steals from Nation’s Poorest

Brazilian Corruption Steals from Nation’s Poorest

Jul 15, 2017

Originally published on COHA By Madeline Asta, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs Brazil is currently facing its worst recession in decades while corruption allegations consume the nation’s attention, moving vital resources away from the country’s most vulnerable. Economic uncertainty and the wave of corruption exposures are causing...

Republics of Murder

Republics of Murder

Jul 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Pedro Abramovay RIO DE JANEIRO – Latin America is in the grip of a homicide epidemic. Although the region is home to just 8% of the world’s population, one in three of all homicides occur there; and one in four of all homicides occur in just four countries: Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, and Colombia. Of the 25 most murderous...

ISIS After Mosul

ISIS After Mosul

Jul 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Daoud Kuttab RAMALLAH – Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that the Islamic State (ISIS) had been driven out of Mosul, the city where the group first announced its self-styled caliphate three years ago. Before long, ISIS is expected also to lose Raqqa, its last stronghold, on which its grip is already...

Threats and attacks: White supremacists target campuses

Threats and attacks: White supremacists target campuses

Jul 10, 2017

When Tommy Curry woke up one day in May, he found a slew of death threats and hate mail on his voicemail and in his email inbox. Although it wasn’t the first time Curry, an African-American philosophy professor at Texas A&M University, had received death threats, he was shocked by the “constant barrage” of messages threatening…...

Death or Democracy in Venezuela

Death or Democracy in Venezuela

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Enrique Ter Horst CARACAS – Venezuela’s democratic institutions are in ruins, its coffers are empty, and its citizens are searching for food in garbage dumps. Its people are dying from starvation, from preventable and curable diseases (at much higher rates than the Latin American average), and from violence – including, in...

Violence Surfaces in Papua New Guinea Elections, But Not Only

Violence Surfaces in Papua New Guinea Elections, But Not Only

Jun 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Neena Bhandari SYDNEY (IDN) – As Papua New Guinea – one of the world’s most ethnically and linguistically diverse nations – prepares for national elections from June 24 to July 8, authorities are calling for peace and calm. Historically, tensions during polling, vote counting and the...

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