March 26, 2017

Scottish Referendum May Push English Politics to the Right

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Whether Yes or No, the Scottish referendum could see British parties exploiting nationalist feelings in rest of UK. Read More »

A Forgotten Crisis at the Heart of Africa

Central African refugees take shelter in an abandoned plane at the country’s airport, which has become a sprawling refugee camp. (Photo: UN Photo Unit / Flickr)

Though it scarcely makes headlines, the Central African Republic's vicious civil war has created a sickening humanitarian crisis. Read More »

If Yes Wins, What Happens Next in Scotland?

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Suddenly, it looks like the swing might be happening. So what would actually happen if Scots vote for independence? Read More »

ISIS and Dilemma of Sunni Arab States

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The reason why Sunni Gulf States support the IS is its strong opposition to the Shiites. It is not just Iran, which is 90 percent Shiite, that the Gulf Arabs believe to be a threat, but the Shiite population in their own countries. But the Saudis recently seem to have realized that their support of the IS and jihadism has resulted in the “chickens coming home to roost.” Read More »

Gaza Blockade — No Signs of Loosening

Truckloads of humanitarian aid and commercial goods bottle-necked at Kerem Shalom crossing along the Gaza-Israel border. 
(Photo by Erica Silverman/IRIN)

Despite Israel and Hamas entering a ceasefire, aid groups are reporting no relaxation in Gaza’s crippling blockade by Israel. Some analysts are warning that the threat of the deal collapsing is real, especially as there appear to be few enforcing mechanisms. Read More »

Will Scotland Break Away from the United Kingdom?

A panoramic view of Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh. (Photo by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, Creative Commons License)

The Scottish question to be asked on September 18 will be answered for at least a generation, perhaps longer if the “No” campaign has a resounding victory. Read More »

Libya: The House of Cards Has Collapsed

A destroyed passenger airliner at the Tripoli airport. (Photo via videostream)

Ever since Gaddafi’s exit from the Libyan, the country has been a state in name alone, held together by a delicate balancing act of rival militias. But even this is now beginning to unravel, with devastating consequences for the country – and, potentially, for the rich Gulf petro-states who are watching these developments with barely-disguised terror. And unfortunately for them, no amount of unilateral airstrikes are likely to help. Read More »

Cambodia Breaks Political Deadlock, at Last

The Cambodian Peoples Party has ruled Cambodia in coalition since the restoration of representative democracy in 1993. (Photo by 12th St David, Creative Commons License)

Cambodia’s political outlook will depend on the ability of the ruling and opposition parties to cooperate and bring structural reforms. The ideal scenario would be both the parties working together — developing effective checks and balances, strengthening democracy and good governance, promoting inclusive, sustainable and rights-based development and improving the justice system. Read More »

Saudi-Iranian Rivalry And the New Middle East

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Although Saudi Arabia and Iran have never actually gone to war, the two states have clearly perceived each other as enemies and acted accordingly, engaging in proxy war with one another. The two states' claim to being an Islamic state, both claim leadership and guardianship of the Muslims in the region. Read More »

More Must be Done to Protect Journalists Like James Foley

James Foley in  a television interview. (Photo via videostream)

“Journalism was James Foley’s reason to live and it should never have been his reason to die.” Media organizations have a responsibility to look after their staff - too many journalists are being killed for doing their jobs. Read More »