A group of Cuban-Americans are stepping into the public arena in an attempt to get the USA to “engage” with a rapidly-changing Cuba and end a decades-old embargo.
It is thecomplaint of the complacent to argue,“it’s all their fault” and in India the opportunity to argue “it’s them” isever-present. But with the dust almost settled on the Rushdie fiasco, it’s apparent that this complaint against India’s government is not being made often enough.
A worrying development in Honduras echoes anti-democratic trends in Italy and Greece, whereby technocracy is usurping popular rule.
Honduras has long been one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. A year ago, the National Party, with support from the opposition Liberal Party, decided to form the Región Especial de Desarrollo (RED), or Special Development [...]
Yesterday morning, as the minarets of Tehran chimed the start of morning prayers, Iranian police were tearing thousands of satellite dishes from the roofs of houses and offices across the countries capital, in the most blatant act of disregard for civil rights since internet restrictions began in 2009.
Not an opportunity goes by without hearing about the complete failures of Cuban society in the mainstream media. A brutal dictatorship, a crumbling economy, an oppressed people; rarely do we miss a chance to celebrate one crisis or another. But in reality, we have little to no understanding of the workings of the Cuban political system. The alternative model it offers is too great a danger to the form of western capitalism, that we are force-fed as the only solution, to bother paying any attention to.
Questions have frequently been asked in India during the past three weeks about whether the type of uprising seen in Cairo’s Tahrir Square could happen there, with a street-level rebellion occupying a city centre and spreading across the country to such a degree that it topples (or almost topples) the national government.
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