North Korea

Lots has been happening in and related to North Korea recently, but despite the rash of missile tests, what has really been gripping the public imagination has been the highly visible and increasingly fantastic assassination of Kim Jung-un’s exiled brother in Malaysia. As more details emerge of how Kim Jong-nam was killed and potential reasons … More North Korea

Injustice in the Assad Government

The “Caesar Photos” of torture and killing in Assad’s prisons made headlines last year. Their greater impact, however, may only be starting. Despite the massive crimes committed (by many sides) throughout the Syrian civil war so far, it has previously been unclear whether national or international law could be used for justice (except in cases … More Injustice in the Assad Government

Somalia’s Presidential Elections

Last week Somalia held semi-democratic presidential elections. Given that the government still does not control most of the country, this election may look a bit different from elections in other countries. Despite years of international support, the expectations for this election were incredibly low, the UN called it both a milestone and incredibly corrupt. So … More Somalia’s Presidential Elections

Radical Empathy And Germany’s Forgotten Genocide

This article explores as experiment in confronting American debates over the role of guns. By getting together people who have been deeply affected, positively or negatively, by guns, the experiment sought to see if minds could be changed. The results? Interesting. Another example? Japan’s policies on gun control, which have pretty much reduced gun violence. … More Radical Empathy And Germany’s Forgotten Genocide

Politics in Haiti and A Rise in Chinese Nationalism

Interesting look at the complicated intersections between legal and illegal work and domestic versus international pressures in finding leadership in Haiti following years of disaster on disaster. Interesting glimpse at how Chinese nationalism is increasing in some ways, and how that’s both a good and bad thing for the Chinese government, as well as the power … More Politics in Haiti and A Rise in Chinese Nationalism

Bumpy Transfer

Gambia seems to have finally sorted its crazy election aftermath out. Dictator Yayha refused to leave despite initially accepting the results, but a non-violent invasion of 7000 ECOWAS (a West African regional body) troops and the last-minute intervention of several neighbouring presidents finally convinced him to go into exile about a day after his elected … More Bumpy Transfer

A New Cold War?

Fascinating argument about how Ukraine, Syria, Estonia, and hacking all fit together, and are all part of the next global conflict: between the US and Russia. Whether you agree or not (it is an opinion piece), it is a useful perspective to consider when trying to sort out what’s happening. The most recent example of … More A New Cold War?