Politics

The Ukraine Crisis: No End in Sight?

The Ukraine Crisis: No End in Sight?

By Catherine Lefèvre, Co-founder of Global Public Policy Watch
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

So far, despite their clear economic effect, additional sanctions have done little to de-escalate the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Much has happened over the past few months in Ukraine. One of the main events was the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight (MH17) from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine in July. This incident affected the relationship of the West with Russia, leading to additional sanctions imposed by the EU and the US […]

January 27, 2015 · 0 comments · Politics, Ukraine
King Salman, Empowered Citizens Can Save The Country

King Salman, Empowered Citizens Can Save The Country

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

Saudi Arabia can be saved if the current Saudi rulers see the world for what it is as opposed to clinging to their skewed version of reality. Former Crown Prince, now King Salman, stated recently that Saudi Arabia (and other Gulf monarchies) is “… passing through the most delicate situation in its history as a result of highly dangerous challenges.” The unprecedented and unexpected sudden mass revolts in the Arab world (“the Arab Spring”) caught […]

January 23, 2015 · 1 comment · Politics, Saudi Arabia
Greece Before The Elections

Greece Before The Elections

By George Voskopoulos, Professor at University of Macedonia
Location Greece Greece

Greece is heading to a general election deeply divided in an extremely polarized climate. Polls show a clear lead of the leftist party Syriza, a fact that causes unrest in Germany. The prospect of a “third way” has led to an unprecedented direct involvement of EU and German officials in Greek politics, a fact not appreciated by the Greek electorate. The suggestion that we “do not want to talk to new faces after the election” […]

January 23, 2015 · 0 comments · European Union, Greece, Politics
Military Tribunal Courts in Gilgit Baltistan: A Suicide Attack on Local Autonomy

Military Tribunal Courts in Gilgit Baltistan: A Suicide Attack on Local Autonomy

By Senge Sering, President of Institute for Gilgit Baltistan Studies
Location United States United States

Gilgit Baltistan is pressing for autonomy as part of a larger push towards democracy. The Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan, long under dispute with India, operates without a constitutional framework. This lack of rule of law has meant that all judicial matters have been guided by political motives. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent establishment of military tribunal courts in the region is a continuation of the policy to rule Gilgit Baltistan as a modern […]

January 22, 2015 · 0 comments · Pakistan, Politics, South Asia
Israeli Peace Initiative: Who We Are

Israeli Peace Initiative: Who We Are

By The Israeli Peace Initiative (IPI) Group
Location Israel Israel

Israel must decide on its future from a position of strength and not to be dragged along by events. [Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles examining the Israeli Peace Initiative.] The Israeli Peace Initiative (IPI) is a nonpartisan movement whose 800 members come from left, center and left—and represent business, hi-tech, academic, security, diplomatic, civil society and media communities. We are the first to propose a regional initiative to end […]

Why The Media Neglects Baloch Missing Persons

Why The Media Neglects Baloch Missing Persons

By Aziz Ejaz, Writer
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Domestic media in Pakistan and international media omit proper coverage of the plight of Baloch missing persons. The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an association of peaceful protest formed by the families of those missing, claims there are 18,000 unsolved cases of missing persons. Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest of its four administrative provinces, is a resource-rich territory where thousands of innocent Baloch civilians and political activists have allegedly been abducted since President Pervez Musharraf’s tenure. Locals […]

Kach(in) 22: Myanmar’s Opening & Beijing’s Headache on the Sino-Burmese Border

Kach(in) 22: Myanmar’s Opening & Beijing’s Headache on the Sino-Burmese Border

By Jeremy Luedi, Writer and Analyst
Location Canada Canada

Myanmar has begun to transition from isolated junta to one which is increasingly embracing democracy. This shift in outlook is reflected by the creation in 2005 of a new capital Naypyidaw: 320km (199 mi) from the old British colonial capital of Yangon (Rangoon). For decades prior Myanmar had been viewed as an insular military dictatorship akin to fellow hermit kingdom North Korea sans nuclear weapons and eccentric dynasties. If the country—a product of the partition […]

January 20, 2015 · 0 comments · Asia, Myanmar, Politics