Recognition of the role of Cuba in aiding the ANC whilst the western
powers backed apartheid is hardly serviceable in maintaining the conventional
Cold War narrative. Hence the media's impressive avoidance of the
context of the Castro-Obama handshake and its significance.
The US launches drone strikes against groups or
individuals whose behavior simply fits a “suspect” category: young men of
military age carrying weapons, for instance (in areas where carrying a weapon
may be the norm no matter who you are).
It is a principle that those
who perish or go missing in humanitarian disasters should be identified. This
principle should also be applied to migration tragedies, though it is
infrequently acted on by governments.
Chile has been elected as one of the ten
non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (2014-2015). What might the
future mandate for foreign policy look like under Chile’s new president? This
survey suggests some implications for the region as a whole.
The Baathist regime is indeed guilty of
great war crimes, but the human cost of a failed state would be a greater
catastrophe. Washington should have learnt this lesson from Afghanistan,
Somalia and Iraq.
Egypt's blogosphere and twitter world was
buzzing with reminders of how the army and the ministry of interior violated
human rights on various occasions. On the other hand, the mainstream media was
buzzing with songs cheering the army and the Minister of Defense.
This week’s talks, like the previous
rounds, will happen behind closed doors. The negotiating texts will be kept secret
from the public but not from the ca. 600 corporate representatives
who have been named ‘cleared advisors’ for the United States.
Resolving gridlock involves the search
for a new kind of politics that builds on the many and various partial
solutions to global challenges that can be found today. The only alternative is collective drift.
An oft-quoted new survey seems to suggest that many Jews in Europe are not living with the peace of mind and sense of security that every ethnic and religious group ought to enjoy. This survey, however, has several limitations.
The debate on international electronic spying, blown open by
the US National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, moves this week
to the United Nations General Assembly. It begins what is set to be a long
battle to affirm the privacy rights of global citizens
The widespread abuse suffered by domestic workers calls for the urgent enforcement of proper labour laws, the ratification of ILO convention 189 and fundamental changes in attitudes towards women and children workers, including racism, class/caste and gender prejudice.