Periscope – World in Focus

December, 2014

  • 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.

  • 16 December

    Beyond Sydney Siege

    The 16-hour hostage situation at Lindt Café in Martin Place at Sydney's busy Financial District came to an end but coverage of the siege continues to bring the best and worst of mainstream and social media in Australia.

  • 12 December

    Libya’s Sidelined IDPs

    In August 2011, Misrata militias entered the Libyan town of Tawergha and burnt it to the ground, causing 42,000 Tawerghans to flee. Three years on, an estimated 35,000 of those IDPs are still sheltering in temporary camps in Tripoli and Benghazi.

  • 7 December

    Snap Election Belies Japan’s Weak Politics

    Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party may be cruising towards a victory in the 14 December snap election. But it does not reflect an endorsement of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Instead, the likely result shows just how weak Japanese politics has become.

  • 5 December

    Turkey’s Strategic Miscalculation in Middle East

    The 2011 Arab revolutions hugely effected Turkey's orientation towards the Middle East. Its foreign policy moved from a diplomatic, non-interference policy to an interventionist, revisionist one, even imperialist to some people. In terms of policymaking, Turkey resembled the US, relying on its military might to shape the direction of its foreign relations. But now it risks losing all its gains achieved in the last decade.

  • 2 December

    Guyanese President Shuts Down Parliament

    President Donald Ramotar has prorogued the country's parliament for six months (discontinuing the body, without dissolving it), aggravating already polarized political times in Guyana.

  • 1 December

    Pope Francis: Back to the Middle East

    Pope Francis is desperately attempting to preserve Christianity as a viable faith in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. He realizes that it is vital that he and Christians have the support of the Turkish government and its Islamist president in this endeavor.

  • 1 December

    Is the Myanmar Regime Splintering?

    The return of direct military rule is becoming increasingly unlikely in Myanmar, particularly due to how this would undermine the economic benefits of the reform process. But the degree to which the current regime remains a unified entity will directly affect the country’s future trajectory and its prospects for a democratic future.

November, 2014

  • 30 November

    Northeast Nigeria – A Forgotten Crisis

    A major crisis in brewing in northeastern Nigeria where more than 400,000 people, who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, are in "urgent need" of assistance, humanitarian agencies say. This number is likely to increase as attacks against civilians escalate.