World Politics

Peru’s Constitutional Crisis Cuts Deep Due to Endemic Corruption

October 11, 2019

The standoff between Peru’s president and its legislature has found a temporary resolution, but the corruption crisis continues and the left might be able to take advantage of the situation.

A Know-Nothing President Steps Into a Turkish/Kurdish Minefield

October 11, 2019

The U.S. is deeply involved in the region surrounding Syria. Its actions helped lay the groundwork for the current struggle faced by the Kurds.

Tunisian Elections Marked by Disappointment With Arab Spring Aftermath

October 10, 2019

Even though the 2011 Arab Spring began in Tunisia and was arguably more successful there than anywhere else, Tunisians are disappointed and not interested in the upcoming presidential runoff vote, says Angela Joya.

Protest Wave Engulfs Iraq, Over 100 Dead, Government Helpless?

October 10, 2019

For over a week now protests have been shaking Iraq, with massive police repression, leading to over 100 dead. The protests are an outgrowth of discontent over corruption, poverty, and an ethnic quota system, says Sabah Alnasseri.

Ecuador’s Strike is a Class Struggle, Not an Endorsement of Previous Government

October 9, 2019

On the second week of massive protests in Ecuador, thousands of indigenous protesters paralyzed the country and thousands more arrived in the capital of Quito, where they marched and eventually faced martial law. They reject President Moreno’s Neo-liberal reforms, but also emphasize their opposition to former President Rafael Correa, whom Moreno is blaming for the…

Ecuadorian Protests Intensify as President Flees Capital, Blames Venezuela

October 9, 2019

Shortly after the government of President Lenin Moreno announced new IMF-imposed austerity measures and price increases, protests against the government, uniting workers, students, and indigenous movement escalated in the capital of Quito this week.

Algerians Protest Against Government-Organized Elections

October 9, 2019

Algerian youth are fed up with Algeria’s post-independence old guard and after succeeding with Bouteflika’s resignation, they continue to push for a purging of the government’s old guard before new elections are held.

Trump’s Withdrawal From Syria: Betrayal of Kurds or End to Endless War?

October 9, 2019

President Trump’s intention to withdraw from Syria was met with outrage on many sides, with people calling it a betrayal of a key ally in the Syrian conflict. Kurdish expert Edmund Ghareeb says there is probably a deal between Trump and Erdogan.

China vs NBA: That Tweet Is No Slam Dunk

October 8, 2019

A tweet from Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey provoked Chinese TV into banning an upcoming NBA game.  So instead of talking about Uighur concentration camps, the murder of Chinese protestors, or the upcoming trade war, US media is asking about the future of NBA-China relations.

Demonstrations Continue in Hong Kong in Defiance of Face Mask Ban

October 8, 2019

Hong Kong police have arrested and charged two protesters for defying the ban on wearing face masks during demonstrations.