traditionally involves the spiriting away of public funds for private gain,
here the ultimate gains were arguably public. Poverty levels in
the country fell more than 51% between 2002 and 2010.
Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is
happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week on the democratic rollback which has ignited Egypt's streets: The Saturday Mothers
After President Morsi’s
Constitutional Declaration providing him with unprecedented sweeping powers,
the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt faces unprecedented protests. Is this a sign of its
Britain has been fooled. Told that 'republicanism' just meant sacking the monarchy, the British have missed its radical vision for the future. We interview the author of a new pamphlet that seeks to ignite the flame.
‘Christmas takes ages and costs a lot
of money…’ goes a popular Danish Christmas carol. This year, Christmas started early and revitalized old debates about failed integration, cultural incompatibility
Enrique Pena Nieto will assume the Presidency of Mexico on the 1
December 2012, a day which will mark the return of his party, the
Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) after 12 years absence.
Their first job: Mexico’s biggest labour reform in over 40 years.
Day after day, it is becoming clearer that the European Union has no intention of tackling its democratic deficit. It is time for the Union to realize it has failed Greece, European citizens and its own ideals - including democracy.
Officially, the Russian government is above politics. While this stance worked well during the boom years, since the financial crisis it has been paralysing government. Reform is urgently needed. But how can these be pushed through without recourse to politics? Russia’s non-political period is drawing to a close, Dmitry Butrin reckons.
November 25, the Catalan elections illustrated the fact that, in politics,
nothing is ever sure. But also, and more importantly, that nothing is ever as
simple as politicians would like it to be.
When the rice harvest season finishes in a few weeks, fields in India will turn black as farmers burn thousands of
acres. This practice shows one of the
failures of the Green Revolution, with devastating regional and global consequences. A food-security-obsessed India cannot ignore these
issues for much longer.
This Sunday's election confirmed
the success of nationalist parties in Catalonia - paving the way for a probable
referendum on independence. However, this outcome is alienating to many - Catalans
and Spaniards. When two cultures have been interlaced for so long, how
does one draw the line between "them" and "us"?
In the struggle between Argentina and a "vulture fund", a New York judge has sided with the vultures. It's a move that could have significant consequences in Europe. Public pressure may yet force a turning point: the introduction of an agreed process for sovereign default.
Now that the
short term crisis has transformed into a long term stalemate, the inadequacy of
the temporary protection regime of camps in Turkey is revealed. Turkey is a
party to international treaties arising from the basic obligation to open its
border to refugees. But the international community also has responsibilities.
President Obama’s re-election for a second term has afforded him much more manoeuvrability on foreign policy issues, including Iran. What are the prospects for the US-Iranian dialogue in the next four years - and how will it affect the Islamic Republic's local pro-democracy forces?
To prevent illegal immigration, the EU has built a set of far-reaching border control and enforcement policies. But it doesn't work: today's 'Fortress Europe' is an inefficient, immoral and costly bureaucratic construction that should be urgently reformed.
Leading politicians and health professionals
meet in London tomorrow to discuss the future of child health in the UK. Ahead
of the Westminster
Health Forum seminar — ‘Improving
children’s and young people’s health: towards a health outcomes strategy and
meeting public health challenges’ — OurKingdom presents a challenge from
internationally renowned paediatrician, England’s former first children’s
commissioner, Prof Sir Al Aynsley-Green.
UK government claims today that current measures of child poverty fail to
tackle the “root causes of poverty. . . worklessness, educational failure and
family breakdown”. A paediatrician asks: what’s really behind the urge to redefine?
International solidarity is a
wonderful idea, and the notion of transferring resources from North to South
for good causes is morally attractive. The mechanics of doing this properly,
however, are far more complex.
Combining support for the
welfare state with xenophobic populist sentiments, The Finns have clouded and
shaken the traditionally straightforward Finnish political landscape. Beyond
this textbook example of mainstream recognition for a previously radical faction, what do
the Finns really stand for?
What the future holds in store and what will be the fate of the bill for
a new constitution is hard to say at this point in time. But what is evident is
that the battle of “who owns Iceland” is being fought and is at its high water
mark. There is much at stake.
Nearly 20 percent of
Sicily’s electorate voted for Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S) – an
alternative “clean hands” party that has recently gained momentum in Italian
politics. Their candidate, the comedian and blogger Giancarlo Cancelleri,
seduced Sicilian voters with a fresh - and anti-establishment - approach to