Category: political

Alexey Navalny: Putin’s sole political nemesis 0

Alexey Navalny: Putin’s sole political nemesis

On the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration, thousands of Russians took to the streets to protest against his fourth term. The demonstrations, which came just days after some 10,000 people attended a major rally in Moscow against the banning of popular messaging app Telegram, were held under the banner “He’s Not Our Tsar!” in 90 cities…

Algeria: President Bouteflika and the navy’s political discontinuance sport 0

Algeria: President Bouteflika and the navy’s political discontinuance sport

He last addressed the nation six years ago, but officials from Algeria’s ruling party insist that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika run for a fifth consecutive term in next year’s election. Aged 81, Bouteflika has been severely ill and confined to a wheelchair since suffering a stroke in 2013. A year later, Abdelmalek Sellal, the prime minister…

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Rape as a political instrument in India

The gruesome rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Kathua district of Indian-administered Kashmir is a chilling reminder of how sexual assault is used as a tool to instil fear among those belonging to the minority communities in India. There have been many Indians, especially on social media platforms, who have repeatedly claimed…

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Netflix assortment on Brazil’s corruption exposes political divisions

A campaign to delete Netflix subscriptions has begun in Brazil, following the launch of the series called The Mechanism, exploring corruption in Latin America’s biggest economy. The line between artistic licence and misrepresentation is becoming the topic of a political discussion online. According to Tweet Binder – a hashtag tracking service, there were close to 2,000 uses of #CancelaNetflix…

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Managing Ethiopia’s political disaster

Nemera Mamo is a co-author of this article. He is a teaching fellow at SOAS, University of London. Ethiopia has been experiencing recurrent mass protests, riots and ethnic conflicts over the past two years that have claimed the lives of thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands. These events have led observers and members of the…

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Is Sisi anxious about political opposition?

On January 23, Sami Anan, former Chief of Staff of the Egyptian armed forces, who had announced his intention to run in Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections, was detained. His arrest was the latest in a string of detentions of political figures designed to clear the way for incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to run unopposed…

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Iran’s socioeconomic protests are inherently political

“We are workers. We are not political”. This was a slogan that appeared on a series of banners raised by Andimeshk Municipality workers in southern Iran during their protests over unpaid wages earlier this year. At a first glance, the slogan seems to be a confirmation of some of the recent analysis and commentary on…

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Why did Ethiopia come to a resolution to liberate political prisoners?

Earlier this month, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced plans to release political prisoners in a surprise move the government says aims to “foster national reconciliation”. The prime minister also declared that the government would close the Maekelawi detention facility in Addis Ababa, which has been considered “one of the country’s most notorious police stations” since its…

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Tunisia airline row: UAE ‘political miscalculation’?

The ongoing row between Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates over Emirates airline’s decision to impose a blanket ban on Tunisian women flying into the country was a “political miscalculation” that reflects an increasingly frought relationship between the two countries, experts say. Nicholas Noe, a Tunisia-based political analyst and editor of MideastWire.com, said the UAE’s contentious move…

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Liberia needs the rule of thumb of regulations, now not political expediency

In strongly worded statements this month that bordered on hyperbole, current and past representatives of the US government urged Liberia to speed up electoral litigation proceedings for a peaceful transition of presidential power. In response to the Liberian Supreme Court’s suspension of a runoff election that should have taken place on November 7 between football…