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  • US RELUCTANT TO CREDIT IRAN’S ROLE IN DEFEAT OF ISIS

    by - Sep 26, 2018
    By Juan Cole The annual State Department report on terrorism says that terrorist attacks were down by 23% world wide in 2017. The report attributed this decline in some large part to the defeat of ISIL in Iraq...
  • INDIA NEARLY HALVES POVERTY

    by - Sep 26, 2018
    A new report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative reveals good news where global poverty alleviation is concerned. According to the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index...
  • BANNON RALLIES EUROPE’S ULTRA-RIGHT

    by - Sep 26, 2018
    US President Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon says he would set up “war rooms” across Europe to help form a pan-continental right-wing movement ahead of European Parliament elections in 2019. Speaking at the congress of...
  • TENSIONS MOUNT BETWEEN UGANDA AND RWANDA

    by - Sep 26, 2018
    It is estimated that over 30,000 Rwandans are living in Uganda. Kigali officials claim some of their citizens have been arrested and deported without due process. They may be neighbours with strong ethnic and cultural links,...
  • TURKEY, IRAQ AND CHINA DEFY TRUMP ON NEW IRAN SANCTIONS

    by - Jul 2, 2018
    JUAN COLE The Trump administration is unlikely to have the same success in getting other countries to boycott Iranian petroleum as did the Obama administration in 2012-2015, though its officials are making a full court press...
  • BRAZIL: CORRUPTION SPOILS THE PARTY

    by - Jul 2, 2018
    Normally, Brazilians would be ignoring politics this summer. And that’s largely because the World Cup gives them a quadrennial opportunity to outperform their country’s geopolitical stature, lording its storied “Beautiful Game” over world powers such as...
  • KURDISH PARTY SURVIVES ERDOGAN’S ONSLAUGHT

    by - Jul 2, 2018
    An election committee member shows a ballot displaying a vote for Selahattin Demirtas, presidential candidate of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) at a polling station in Istanbul, on June 24, 2018 Stephen Starr Erdogan the...
  • DID SWISS-MEDIATED RANSOM PAYMENTS REVIVE BOKO HARAM?

    by - Mar 10, 2018
    Following the abduction of another 110 girls by the Boko Haram insurgent movement in the North East of the country, the Nigerian media has been awash with claims that a Swiss-mediated deal to free an earlier...
  • HOW THE PENTAGON DEVOURS THE US BUDGET

    by - Mar 1, 2018
    By William D Hartung The reckless decision to throw yet more unbelievable sums of money at an alreadly vastly overfunded Pentagon, at the expense of the needs of ordinary Americans, was met with barely a hint...
  • TRUMP BUSINESS PARTNER LAUNDERED MONEY FOR KAZAKH OLIGARCH

    by - Feb 28, 2018
    A convicted fraudster and former business partner of President Trump is co-operating with a high profile US money laundering investigation which implicates the notorious Kazakh Oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov. Felix Sater, who was a senior adviser to...