• CHINESE LOSES OUT TO US IN MALAYSIA

    by - Dec 3, 2019
    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — Chinese investments into Malaysia halved to US$1.7 billion in the first nine months of the year from a year ago, though US investments soared seven times to US$5.9 billion — reflecting...
  • BLEAK FATE OF THE SYRIAN KURDS

    by - Dec 3, 2019
    Human Rights Watch reports that the fundamentalist Arab fighters Turkey brought with it to the Kurdish regions of northeast Iraq are guilty of war crimes. In the area Turkey has militarily occupied, which it is pleased to...
  • IRAN’S HOLD ON IRAQ IS ERODING

    by - Dec 3, 2019
    The next Iraqi prime minister will have to at least profess distance from Iranian influence, without jeopardizing close economic ties with Tehran, including dependence on Iranian aid The Iraqi parliament was expected to confirm the resignation...
  • IRAN’S PROTESTS ARE JUST BEGINNING

    by - Dec 3, 2019
    The protests in Iran following the tripling of fuel prices are arguably the most significant in the 40-year history of the Islamic Republic. They could be a harbinger of things to come, writes Ali Fathollah-Nejad.  The New...
  • COLOMBIA ON FIRE

    by - Dec 3, 2019
    POPAYÁN, Colombia—This nation known as the “Gateway to South America” has become the latest Latin American state to be shaken by widespread, anti-government demonstrations. More than 200,000 marchers turned out across Colombia on November 21 to protest...
  • MORALES MADE BOLIVIA A BETTER PLACE

    by - Dec 3, 2019
    President Evo Morales at the inauguration of new buildings in a housing project in 2016. The indigenous Aymara artist Roberto Mamani Mamani painted murals over a building facade. Evo Morales stepped down from the Bolivian presidency on Nov....
  • CHILE PROTESTS CRASH COPPER

    by - Dec 3, 2019
    The Codelco Chuquicamata open pit copper mine near is being replaced by an underground mine at the same site as part of a $20 billion upgrade plan.  Codelco’s standing as the world’s top copper producer is increasingly...
  • ARGENTINE MIDDLE FINGER TO IMF

    by - Dec 3, 2019
    Peronist Alberto Fernandez was chosen as Argentina’s next president in the country’s general election on October 27, 2019 Argentina’s leftist president-elect Alberto Fernandez said Tuesday he would renounce the remaining $11 billion tranche of the country’s...
  • CAN THE YOUNG ACTIVISTS OF ‘GENERATION PUTIN’ BUILD ON A SUMMER OF PROTESTS?

    by - Dec 3, 2019
    Evan Gershkovich MOSCOW—In late September, some 25,000 people gathered in central Moscow to demand the release of political prisoners who were jailed during the wave of demonstrations that rocked the Russian capital this past summer. At...
  • IS THE WEST LOSING GEORGIA?

    by - Dec 3, 2019
    By Ani Chkhikvadze The main thoroughfare of Tbilisi, known as Rustaveli Avenue, has borne witness to many a political reversal, from civil war to revolution. Since this summer, the tree-lined boulevard has once again seen throngs of...