Venezuela’s economic crisis can mean almost certain death for the poor and sick. Since the death in 2013 of the charismatic and controversial Hugo Chávez after 14 years as Venezuelan president, his acolyte and successor, Nicolás Maduro, has steadily been losing his grip on the country. Crime, corruption and increased authoritarianism have made Venezuela one Read More
The US government is not a cult or a totalitarian regime. As we watch the government put our president through a very public inquiry into the nature of his connections with Russia and his possible obstruction of justice, we can, hopefully, finally, put to rest the nonsensical notion that our government is being run by a Read More
Might 2017 see a repetition of the historical splits in the Conservative Party? As the many consequences of the June 8 election work through, the United Kingdom is edging closer to a rare historical occurrence already celebrated twice before: a formal split in the (still just about) ruling Conservative Party. Just as on the two Read More
How will Pakistan navigate its blasphemy laws in the murky world of social media? It has been two months since the brutal murder of 23-year-old student Mashal Khan, who was reportedly accused of insulting Islam. Amid shock and outrage, many hoped this would mark a turning point for Pakistan. Things had to change after this, they Read More
Although the Saleh and Houthi alliance has withstood the Yemen conflict, the cracks in their alliance are as large as ever. During 2014, Yemen observers suspected former President Ali Abdullah Saleh of facilitating, if not orchestrating, the Houthi military expansion into the governorates of Amran and Sanaa. At that time, Saleh and his loyalists at the Read More
The World This Week
The Saudis and their allies present 13 unreasonable and non-actionable demands to Qatar, including shutting down Al Jazeera. This week, cyber-attacks occurred on the British Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II wore a hat suspiciously similar to the European Union flag, and Prime Minister Theresa...
Africa This Month
Eastern African famine is cause for concern as southern Africa’s bountiful harvests offer hope — as does the containing of an Ebola outbreak in a remote part of the continent. Much of Africa’s modern story has been told through the lens of fragility, famine and conflict. These three elements...