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World Policy On Air, Ep. 8: Hong Kong at the Crossroads

On today’s show, the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong prompted a brutal response from Beijing at great cost to the city’s economy. Hong Kong-based attorney Alvin Y. H. Cheung discusses with host David Alpern how 25 years after the Tiananmen Square Massacre the city finds itself at a critical crossroads.

Profiting From Loss

Contrary to political sloganeering and media bias, there is no economic state that is good or bad for everyone. In his latest blog, Jim Nolt describes the necessity for a balance of power between bulls and bears, and how someone always makes a profit from the suffering of others.

Responsibility Comes With Power

Sinn Fein recently withdrew its support for a badly needed welfare reform bill, exacerbating Northern Ireland's financial and existential problems. Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton argues this instance illustrates a disturbing pattern, whereby political parties want power, but prefer to dodge the responsibility that goes with it.

Snapshots from Syria

Last week was the fourth anniversary of the start of the Syrian revolution, and no one is celebrating. People say their lives before the conflict seem like another world. To mark this anniversary, Syria Deeply asked Syrians across the country how their lives and cities have changed.

Russia’s Ambitions in the Arctic

Even though one third of Russia lies within the Arctic Circle, the country is looking to expand its territory since the region is replete with natural resources made more accessible by melting ice caps. World Policy Journal's Sophie des Beauvais summarizes recent changes in Russia's Arctic policy and assesses the implications of growing militarization in the region.

Nigeria’s “Consequential” Moment

With the March 28 election approaching, Nigerian citizens have a major decision to make: should they re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan or turn over a new leaf with Muhammadu Buhari? Nigerian-born lawyer Carl Unegbu reviews Nigeria's progress under Jonathan's rule and assesses which candidate would be the better option for the country's future.

Cyprus: Europe's New Economic Hub

In the years since the 2011 Cypriot economic crisis, the island nation has made great strides in improving its financial standing. World Policy Journal's Jordan Clifford examines a variety of new reforms that are luring foreign investment back to the country.

Ethiopia’s Adhoc AU Policy

Ethiopia has no substantive policy toward the African Union. Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru and Abel Abate argue that developing a full-fledged grand strategy is not only vital for Ethiopia’s transformation, but is also important for the security of the entire continent.

Striking a Balance in Peru

Last month, protests in Peru over natural gas exploration led to the ouster of Eleodoro Mayorga, the energy and mines minster. By nominating the more even-handed Rosa Maria Ortiz as his replacement, Luis Ferreira argues that President Ollanta Humala can better balance growing concerns among indigenous Peruvian communities with those of corporate interests.

No Multiplication in Sierra Leone's Classrooms

A new ruling by government officials in Sierra Leone will exclude pregnant students and young mothers from completing their education when schools reopen later this month. Cinnatus Dumbaya of Ebola Deeply sheds light on the possible dangers of such a discriminatory policy.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of March 20, 2015

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Religious Intolerance in Bangladesh

Is the brutal murder of freethinking blogger Avijit Roy on the streets of Dhaka a reflection of embedded intolerance? Fair Observer's Raza Rumi argues that Bangladesh, despite its secular credentials, has become a haven for religious extremism.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 7: "Redrawing Europe's Map"

With French voters preparing to elect France's regional governments on Sunday, a wave of political populism is surging through France and Europe at large. World Policy On Air host David Alpern discusses with Josse de Voogd, author of "Redrawing Europe's Map" from the Winter 2014/15 issue of the Journal, the significant electoral shifts taking place in European parliamentary elections.

Boom and Bust

Conventional capitalistic wisdom dictates that growth is natural and that economic crises are caused by extraordinary circumstances. In his latest blog, Jim Nolt argues that "unpredictable" booms and busts are actually predictable parts of the economic cycle.

Ebola: Resuming Trade Amid Temperature Checks

On the border of Liberia and Sierra Leone, crowds gather around market stalls as volunteers use temperature guns to check returning refugees for signs of Ebola. Samwar Fallah of Ebola Deeply profiles their efforts to keep the disease from crossing borders despite limited resources and difficult working conditions.

Alberto Nisman's Key Findings

Since Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in late January, many have wondered whether his probing investigation of the 1994 Israeli-Argentine Mutual Aid Association bombing lead to his untimely demise. Richard Horowitz dissects some of the most critical and controversial findings from Nisman's report.

The Mystery of Putin's Disappearance

On Monday, Vladimir Putin re-emerged from his mysterious 11-day absence. What was strange wasn't so much the fact that he was gone, but that the Kremlin went to such lengths to conceal it. Konrad Putzier argues that the episode shows how far the personality cult around the Russian leader has progressed.

Choosing Jihad

Two gunmen killed 19 civilians in an attack on the Bardo Museum in the Tunisian capital earlier today. In his article for the Winter issue of World Policy Journal, Simon Speakman Cordall examines the social and intellectual appeal of jihad in Tunisia, tracing its historical development within a national and global context.

Icy Inspiration

Artist Diane Burko is curious about how ice is an indicator of climate change. Last year, she had the opportunity to fly over the Ilulissat glacier in Greenland to study this phenomenon up close. Burko shares photography and artwork inspired by the trip today.

Libya: The Islamic State's Pivot Point

North Africa has long been a hub for illicit trade in everything from weapons to drugs to cars. World Policy Journal's Jordan Clifford explains that in a post-Arab Spring world such criminal networks can easily become assets for terrorist groups like the Islamic State.

The Spaza Spirit

In May 2008, xenophobic attacks against foreign African nationals living in South Africa left tens of thousands displaced and numerous businesses and homes destroyed. But as Faith Kiarie of Fireside Research points out, foreign African entrepreneurs are essential to growing the South African economy.

What Lies Beneath

Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority pulled the plug on the pan-Arab news channel Alarab just hours after going live. Despite the setback, Alan J. Kirk argues that the channel's brief existence conveys a growing rift between the Saudi king who's implemented widespread conservative reforms and Al Waleed Bin Talal, the more liberal Saudi prince.

Self-Sabotage or Diplomacy the Hard Way?

Last week, 47 Republican U.S. Senators sent a letter warning Iranian leaders that a future American Congress or president could easily write off any nuclear deal currently being negotiated with the Obama administration. Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense William Beecher argues that while the letter may not have been a tactful gesture, it could still yield positive results--depending on how Tehran reads it.

Jokowi's Balancing Act

On February 18, President Jokowi of Indonesia canceled the nomination of Budi Gunawan for police chief in favor of Badrodin Haiti, a police general. Brendan Foo argues that Jokowi’s earlier nomination of Gunawan, a target of corruption allegations, satisfied political patrons but hurt his popularity and sparked fears of cronyism.

The Kingpin, the Capo, and the Con Artist

The Israeli elections mean the formation of a new coalition government, but what might that look like? Dr. Alon Ben-Meir imagines a meeting between right wing Israeli leaders Benjamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman, and Naftali Bennett to parse through the details.
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SLIDE SHOWS


Little Rabbit Be Good 


Chinese artist Wang Bo—known by his nom-de-plume Pi San —takes on the Chinese establishment with a daring graphic novelette.


Fleeing Burma 


Saiful Huq Omi documented the lives of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Britain in World Policy Journal's Summer 2011 issue.


Political Murals of Cuba 


Damaso Reyes takes a tour of political murals in Havana. Is the writing on the wall for the state monopoly on public advertising in Cuba?

Islam and Chechnya 


In our Spring 2012 issue, we featured a portfolio by Diana Markosian of the pervasiveness of Islam in everyday life in Chechnya.

        

Hunger: The Price of Rebellion

 

Philippine photojournalist Veejay Villafranca captures the hunger crisis on the island of Mindanao, a legacy of decades of secular and religious conflict.

 

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