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Jair Bolsonaro Has a New Enemy: Brazil’s Universities

Jair Bolsonaro Has a New Enemy: Brazil’s Universities

by    Lenin Cavalcanti Guerra

Cuts to the higher education budget have brought tens of thousands on to the streets of Brazil, in a first wave of mass protests against Jair Bolsonaro’s government. On January 1, former army captain and until then unsuccessful far-right politician, Jair Bolsonaro, has assumed Brazil’s presidency, having won the most polarized election in the country’s Read More

How Will Brexit Affect the Middle East and North Africa?

How Will Brexit Affect the Middle East and North Africa?

by    Maya Yang

With its global repercussions, it is inevitable that Brexit will affect the Middle East and North Africa. Nearly three years since the referendum, discussions over a Brexit deal are in a state of limbo. After British MPs rejected the withdrawal agreement three times, the European Union reluctantly backed a six-month extension to October 31. In Read More

Saudi Arabia Hates War, But Wants the US to Start One

Saudi Arabia Hates War, But Wants the US to Start One

by    Peter Isackson

The easiest way to determine whether a political spokesperson is hiding something and misrepresenting the truth of their own government’s position is to examine their misuse of the tools of rhetoric. An article in Forbes with the title, “Saudi Arabia Threatens ‘Force If Necessary’ Against ‘Criminal Iranian Regime’” starts with a quote by Saudi Foreign Read More

To Fight Poverty, India Must Create Income-Generation Opportunities

To Fight Poverty, India Must Create Income-Generation Opportunities

by    P. Koshy

Indians need more opportunities, not cash transfers that drive up wages, lower incentives to work and hurt small businesses. This is the end of election season in India. Parties have announced many schemes. Although the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is projected to win, the results may not be a foregone conclusion. To win public Read More

Forbidden Fruit and Dirty Oil: Russia’s Latest Dispute with Belarus

Forbidden Fruit and Dirty Oil: Russia’s Latest Dispute with Belarus

by    Rejeanne Lacroix

The deterioration of relations comes at a time when Vladimir Putin hopes to breathe new life into the supranational entity of a Union State. Relations between Russia and neighboring Belarus are often denoted by strategic tit-for-tat. Reactions in the past weeks over disputed subsidies and tainted crude oil demonstrate that the alliance between the two Read More

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