The standoff in the Scarborough Shoal between China and the Philippines not only demonstrated Manila’s commitment to defend its maritime territory, but also Beijing’s determination to maintain its territorial aspirations at all costs. Knowing what strings to pull to pressure the Philippines, Beijing engaged in a series of de facto economic reprisals. For its part, the Philippines internationalized the issue in a bid to draw international opinion against China, with mixed fortunes. Indeed, while Philippine […]
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Syria’s situation has worsened over the past few months. The civilians, opposition as well as the State have incurred heavy losses. There seems to be no intent from the opposition of forfeiting their demands, with the Qatari Prime Minister warning that the country could turn into a “volcano of war and violence.” Although there have been a lot of violations by both sides in the ongoing conflict, greater chaos in Syria would mean explosive conditions […]
When activists take to the streets in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen as part of the “Arab Spring” protests; when environmentalists challenge mining and logging companies in Guatemala, Honduras and Indonesia; when LGBTI rights activists campaign in Belarus, Ukraine and Uganda; and when freedom of expression campaigners push for change in China, Vietnam and Cuba they are all putting themselves on the front lines for human rights. They face risks, challenges and threats to their […]
Britain has never been a comfortable member of the European Union. We were taken in on the myth that the European Economic Community (EEC) – as it was then known – was just a “Common Market,” a trading bloc not too different from NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.
It seems as if the spirit of January 25 lives on. Though the enemy has changed it colors the same familiar authoritarian response continues. Police tanks, tear gas, and an intransigent state regime reflected through its negligence of the reality of the opposition. If you were to believe the news emerging from Ikhwanweb, you’d think that today’s protest was nothing more than a meager bunch of teenagers getting carried away with themselves on a cold […]
President Barack Obama’s re-election has been hailed by many political experts in Asia, but they warn against expecting too much from the president during his new term.