May 23, 2017

Blogroll

Terrorism in Orlando

Law enforcement vehicles near Pulse night club in Orlando during the worst terrorist attack on US soil. (Photo via video stream)

The Orlando LGBTI massacre looks like the work of an individual rather than a planned terror attack, but it's no less deadly for that. Read More »

Why are Afghans Wary of Pakistan?

Tensions have been rising on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Two tweets and a letter from a friend include key lessons for Pakistan, which has seen simmering tensions on its border with Afghanistan. Read More »

A Failed State in Latin America?

Sunrise on Vereda del Lago and Eagle Austin Ship in Maracaibo lake, Venezuela. (Photyo by Wilfredorrh, Creative Commons License)

There's still hope for the "pink tide" that swept aside Latin America's right-wing dictators. But in Venezuela, Chavismo is on its last legs. Read More »

Chahbahar And Gwadar

Delaram–Zaranj Highway in Zaranj, in the Nimruz Province of Afghanistan, near the border between with Iran.

With free trade zones and only 72 kilometers to be inter-connected by road and rail, Chahbahar and Gwadar are complementary instead of being in competition. Read More »

Debt Will Choke Pakistan

An inside view of Pakistan's National Assembly, which has repeatedly been criticized by Pakistani public for serving no more than an elite debating club.

The Pakistani predicament…stuffed lions and pompous, chest-beating heroes aplenty but no real leadership. The one hope is that the pressure coming from the Panama Leaks keeps being applied so that by the time of the next elections something cracks and new forces come to the fore. Otherwise its present course, spending way beyond its means, will lead the country to disaster. Read More »

Final Bell Sounds for Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

(Photo via video stream)

He moved from fearsome warrior to benevolent monarch and then benign venerated figure. Now Ali has moved on again. Read More »

A Very Brazilian Coup

(Photo by Alexandra Martins, Creative Commons License)

Brazil's elites can't win an election, but they can engineer an impeachment. Read More »

Trump and the Future of US Power in the Pacific

(Photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons License)

Donald Trump’s scapegoating, zero-sum economic policies, threats to extort close allies over the continuation of the US forward deployment and his radically laissez-faire approach to nuclear diplomacy, will not only ultimately fail to address Americas’ grievances but also risks the future of the US as a Pacific and global power. Read More »

London Anti-Corruption Summit 2016

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Unless more pressure is applied to embrace full transparency in adopting a public central register of companies, including tax havens, the corruption and tax dodging exposed by the Panama Leaks, representing only 2% of the offshore companies registered in Panama, will continue undisturbed. Read More »

3 Years of Painful Cuts Sets Markets Up for Oil Supply Crunch

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Oil prices are entering a “sweet spot” — a range between $50 and $60 per barrel that could finally be good for the global economy – low enough to provide consumers with a bit of a stimulus, but high enough to keep the industry and capital spending afloat. Read More »