World Politics

Mandela Would have Turned 101 – What Has Become of his Legacy?

July 18, 2019

South African scholar and activist Rasigan Maharajh describes South Africa as a microcosm of capitalism’s world crisis in a conversation that takes us from corruption to hope. We also discuss anti-apartheid activist and singer Johnny Clegg, who died on July 16th

Trump's Iran Treaty Withdrawal and Sanctions Based on Lies, but War Could Be a Reality

Trump’s Iran Treaty Withdrawal and Sanctions Based on Lies, but War Could Be a Reality

July 18, 2019

Khury Petersen-Smith outlines how Trump’s untruths and policies are making America the aggressor, not Iran, and how American media from the New York Times to Fox News are falling for his rhetoric

Sudan Transition to Civilian Rule Endangered as Foreign Interests Prevail

Sudan Transition to Civilian Rule Endangered as Foreign Interests Prevail

July 17, 2019

With the foiling of a coup attempt last week, the Sudanese military is consolidating its rule, despite having signed transition agreement for joint military-civilian rule. Gulf states want the military in charge, especially since Sudanese soldiers are fighting in Yemen, says Prof. Khalid Ahmed

Ruthless Philippine President's High Popularity Is the Result of Failed Democracy

Ruthless Philippine President’s High Popularity Is the Result of Failed Democracy

July 16, 2019

As the death toll in President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs keeps climbing, so does his popularity. How can this be? Walden Bello says it is the result of a failed liberal democracy in the Philippines

Lula da Silva's Attorney: Intercept Revelations Confirm Political and Unfair Trial

Lula da Silva’s Attorney: Intercept Revelations Confirm Political and Unfair Trial

July 15, 2019

Brazil’s former president Lula da Silva was “a victim of a politically motivated trial,” says Valeska Teixeira Zanin Martins, Lula’s co-defense counsel. The Intercept’s explosive revelations about the collaboration between judge Moro and prosecutors prove this      

War by Other Means: Understanding and Challenging U.S. Sanctions Policies

July 15, 2019
Sanctions are often presented as a diplomatic and peaceful alternative to direct military engagement, sanctions ironically can have just as devastating outcomes. Addressing the situations of Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela, this 2019 Left Forum panel addresses the origins, implementation, and impact of US-imposed sanctions.
UN Report on Venezuela Fails to Reflect the Causes and Severity of the Economic Crisis - Why? (2/2)

De Zayas: UN Human Rights Council’s Report on Venezuela is 'Unbalanced'

July 14, 2019
Alfred de Zayas says the UN Human Rights Council’s report on Venezuela left out essential aspects in its otherwise damning report on Venezuela because the council has increasingly fallen under the sway of the demands of the US government
Nicki Minaj’s Boycott of Saudi Arabia Sets a Moral Standard for Artists

Nicki Minaj’s Boycott of Saudi Arabia Sets a Moral Standard for Artists

July 14, 2019

CodePink’s Ariel Gold discusses the decision of Nicki Minaj to withdraw from a festival in Saudi Arabia after a grassroots campaign among her fans made her aware of the human rights violations in the country