London’s response to the latest terrorist attack is shaped by Britain’s long history of living with violence. The latest terror incident in London took place in the early afternoon of 22 March, exactly a year after the attacks in Brussels. It seems that anniversaries are now part of the terror repertoire. But almost immediately, even while Read More
Donald Trump apparently wants to put the US on a permanent war footing to sustain his unpopular presidency. So, let me see if I’ve got this right. North Korea has been pushing its ally China to rein in the United States. Pyongyang is worried that Washington is about to launch a preemptive attack, so it Read More
If corruption is not eradicated to level the political playing field, the systemically flawed democratic process will destroy any prospects of a lasting peace in Colombia. Colombia’s big city streets are full of ambulant vendors offering you anything from chewing gum to a single cigarette to prepaid cell phone minutes. Walking through Bogota’s roads during the Read More
What should happen if the president has “rendered himself obnoxious”? That is the question Benjamin Franklin posed when the Founding Fathers were debating the intricacies of setting up a brand new government in America. Because most countries at the time did not have elected leaders and so no means of deposing them, they turned to a Read More
With terrorist attacks becoming ever more commonplace, what exactly do they achieve? I became aware of the situation unfolding on the busy streets outside Westminster today curtesy of a message I received on my phone as I left a briefing: It simply said, “Hope you are safe.” I knew straight away something was unfolding in London, another Read More
The World This Week
The ousting of blue blooded Park Geun-hye, the first female president of South Korea, marks a major turning point for a country in crisis. This week was eventful. WikiLeaks revealed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has developed some sophisticated hacking tools. The agency can now...
Africa This Month
Even as Africa democratizes and strengthens the African Union, it faces a period of slow economic growth and rising debts that could lead to a crisis. In 2016, the authors began the momentous journey of narrating the oft ignored story of Africa. Our readers responded most positively and asked for...