Periscope – World in Focus

January, 2015

  • 7 January

    Paris Terrorist Attack is Europe’s 9/11

    The Paris attack is touching the nerves of European politicians, as if to test their patience and maturity regarding Muslim communities in their countries. The attack could antagonize the European stance regarding not only the radical Islamist groups, but also all Islamic communities, even in their own countries.

  • 6 January

    Gambia Coup Didn’t Just Fail, It Backfired

    The aftermath of the failed coup in the Gambia has reached the USA, where two alleged plotters are being put on trial by US authorities. This is the best case scenario for Gambia’s president-for-life Yahya Jammeh, who survives with his power reinforced by a de facto American endorsement.

  • 3 January

    Russian Sanctions, China, and the Arctic

    Russia’s souring relations with the West have given China an Arctic opening.

December, 2014

  • 30 December

    Saudi Arabia Using Oil as Weapon

    With ongoing proxy wars in Syria and Iraq, Saudi Arabia risks instigating an oil war with Russia and Iran -- a war that the kingdom can perhaps win in the short term. But like sectarian conflict, Saudi actions threaten to spark a conflagration that can spin out of everyone's control.

  • 30 December

    US Boots on Ground in Middle East: How Many Are There?

    Americans may reasonably ask if some Middle Eastern countries with estimated armies of around 3 million are unwilling or incapable of marshaling forces sufficient to defeat 30,000 ISIL fighters, why should America put “more boots on the ground”?

  • 29 December

    Africa in 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    For some parts of Africa 2014 has been a bad year. Wars in South Sudan and the Central African Republic continued, and Libya all but imploded. But the year was also good for ruling parties and former liberation movements in Southern Africa. From Namibia to Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique, those in power stayed in power.

  • 27 December

    Romania’s Revolution: 25 Years On

    An eyewitness to the bloody events in Bucharest remembers and finds hope.

  • 26 December

    2004 Tsunami: Aceh’s Unfinished Recovery

    The tenth anniversary of the tsunami is a time for remembrance and reflection; it also offers us an opportunity to recommit our efforts to help Aceh and other tsunami-affected communities complete their unfinished recovery. So much has already been invested in rebuilding these societies. What is now needed is renewed momentum to complete the last mile so that the response to the tsunami can be a proud legacy for us all.

  • 24 December

    Where is the Opposition After Japan’s s Status Quo Elections?

    The victory of political status quo in Japan’s recent elections just reaffirmed the predominance of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and the opposition parties’ collective weakness.

  • 18 December

    Nicaragua’s Canal Project at What Cost?

    A proposed canal in Nicaragua would rival Panama's as a link between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But indigenous and environmentalist protesters are crying foul.