Football, Refugee Rights and Hakeem al-Araibi Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

“Al-Araibi’s case has become a crucial test of world football’s commitment to human rights.” So observed the director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights at Monash University, Sarah Joseph, in a piece last month. “Is this commitment real, or is it a public relations statement tossed..

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US ‘Regime Changes’: The Historical Record – OpEd Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

As the US strives to overthrow the democratic and independent Venezuelan government, the historical record regarding the short, middle and long-term consequences are mixed. We will proceed to examine the consequences and impact of US intervention in Venezuela over the past half century. We will..

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Dear Humanity, I Think We Should Just Be Friends Friday, February 8th, 2019

Friends, fellow inhabitants of planet Earth, I’m not breaking up with you. I just think maybe we ought to see other species for a while. You like dogs, right? I’ve spent so many years trying to talk with you, and you haven’t heard anything. So, we have the same conversation over and over and..

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Meeting in Moscow: The Taliban Meets the Afghan Opposition Thursday, February 7th, 2019

It had the semblance of a play lacking key actors. They were deemed the difficult ones, and a decision was made to go through with the performance. The Taliban were willing to talk with their adversaries, but they were keen on doing so with opposition politicians rather than the stick-in-the-mud..

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Why Is Nepal Sticking up for Venezuela’s Maduro?

Nepal has waded into the political crisis underway in Venezuela by supporting Nicolas Maduro as president of the Bolivarian Republic. Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal, commonly known as Prachanda, issued a press statement last week condemning the United States for..

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Sharp Manias: Knife Crime in London Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

A bleak London assailed by daily news about Brexit negotiation, prospects of food shortages and higher prices in the event of a no-deal with the European Union, provides the perfect apocalyptic backdrop for headlines. The city is ailing; the residents are panicked; and the authorities are..

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The Monitoring Game: China’s Artificial Intelligence Push Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

It’s all keen and mean on the artificial intelligence (AI) front in China, which is now vying with the United States as the top dog in the field. US companies can still boast the big cheese operators, but China is making strides in other areas. The UN World Intellectual Property Organisation’s..

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China Opens Border Connections To Nepal – Analysis Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Nepal’s geopolitical position has new impetus, thanks to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The landlocked nation has an opportunity to play China and India to improve its bargaining position. In September, delegations from Nepal and China gathered in Kathmandu to finalize the text of a Trade..

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Congress Finds its War Powers and Weaknesses Friday, February 1st, 2019

It’s possible that the U.S. Congress will for the first time use the War Powers Resolution of 1973 to end a war — the one on Yemen. This would be wonderful. There are some caveats. The bill now in both houses has outrageous and truly bizarre loopholes in it. Some of its supporters last year..

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State Vs. Students: Why Marxism Troubles Xi Jinping – Analysis Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

In theory, Marxism has for long been the ideological foundation of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) regime. In practice, however, while Marxism is employed as an instrument of Party rule, its principles are not. Under China’s President Xi Jinping in particular, a new lease of life has been..

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Geopolitics of Europe and the Iron Law of Evolutionary Biology Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

A freshly released IMF’s World Economic Outlook brings no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US and EU: The WTO Round is dead, trade wars are alive, GCC is rapidly Pakistanising while the Asia’s core and its Far East slows down. No comfort either comes from the..

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Nepal shifts rightwards after the revolution Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Ten years ago Nepal became a federal democratic republic when the Maoists gave up armed struggle and signed a comprehensive peace agreement. The subsequent overthrow of the monarch was hailed worldwide as an exemplary case of successful democratic transition. Recovering from the debilitating 2015..

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Shutting Down in Trumpland Friday, January 25th, 2019

It is a political idiosyncrasy that most political systems avoid: the state, as if suffering a stroke, operating at only partial capacity, incapable of paying certain employees and incapable of fronting certain services. And so it is in the United States, which is facing the longest shut down in..

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A Chronicle of a Lost Decade Foretold Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

To exorcise my worst fears about the coming decade, I chose to write a bleak chronicle of it. If, by December 2030, developments have invalidated it, I hope such dreary..