August 17, 2017

Latin America/Caribbean: Progress in Fight Against Hunger

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Latin American and the Caribbean has shown most progress in reducing hunger, lowering the rate by almost two-thirds since the early 1990s. The region continues to be the region with the greatest inequality in the world; women in rural areas and indigenous communities have the highest rate of poverty and food insecurity. Read More »

Syria War: Implications of Battle for Kobani

The fight for Kobani, a small Kurdish town on the Syrian side of the border between Turkey and Syria, has left thousands displaced. (Photo by Turgut Engin via Today's Zaman)

The reason that Turkey supports ISIL and al-Nusra's war against the Kurds is that it seeks to prevent a Kurdish autonomous region on its southern border with Syria. By eliminating "Rojava," the Kurdish appellation for "West Kurdistan," Turkey also hopes to further weaken the Kurdish nationalist movements, especially the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its politically affiliated organizations. Read More »

UK Court Revokes Immunity of Bahraini Prince

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The son of the King of Bahrain, Prince Nasser Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, may have to revise his travel itinerary — the London High Court has ruled that the royal son is no longer immune from prosecution in UK courts over torture claims. Read More »

Your Phone Screen Just Won the Nobel Prize

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Last year it was for an elusive particle, but this year the ubiquitous LED takes its place on the Nobel rostrum. Read More »

Move Over, NATO and IMF: Eurasia is Coming

Leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, 2012. (Photo via Wikipedia)

A thousand poles are blooming as new international blocs like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS Development Bank emerge to challenge Western economic and military dominance. Read More »

Can the Hong Kong Protesters and China Compromise?

Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution. (Photo by Pasu Au Yeung, Creative Commons License)

Protests continue to swell in Hong Kong and China is holding firm on its position that the designation of the 2017 electoral ballot is ultimately under Beijing’s control. But in the past there have been multiple instances of compromise between China and Hong Kong after public stand-offs over similarly sensitive issues. And compromise is again a feasible option. Read More »

Libya Aid Push Constrained by Insecurity

A stop sign outside a rebel-made checkpoint in post-war Misrata, Libya. November 2011. (Photo by Heba Aly via IRIN)

International organizations have put forth an ambitious plan to provide humanitarian aid to 85,000 Libyans by the end of this year. Yet concerns remain over the feasibility of such an operation, given the security risks, access issues and communication problems in the war-ravaged country. Read More »

Nationalism, N. Power and Japans Fragile Media Opposition

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Photo by President of the European Commission, Creative Commons License)

Japan’s big media companies were criticized after the Fukushima incident for underreporting the risks associated with nuclear power. This triggered a surge in investigative journalism. The real issue underpinning Japan’s media wars seems to be whether news media that criticizes the government can publish freely in an increasingly nationalistic climate. The answer remains to be seen. Read More »

East Asia: A Farewell to Arms

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With climate change upon us, it's time to bury the hatchet in one of the world's most volatile regions. Read More »

What Arab Partners Will Get in Return for Syria Strikes

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Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE and Jordan are all on board against Islamic State. What’s in it for them? Read More »