Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:39
Kenyan armed forces killing suspected jihadists
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 06:41
The amnesty that Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan’s authoritarian president, declared for the holiday of Novruz on March 17th was a rare piece of good news for Azerbaijan’s civil-society activists. Of the 148 people pardoned, 14 were political prisoners, according to local watchdog groups.
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 07:01
IT IS rare nowadays to find an American foreign policy that is a clear success. Yet that applies to Plan Colombia. For Colombia to be a viable democracy, it needed a stronger state able to provide security to its citizens and to tame the illegal armies, which were financed by the world’s cocaine habit. It worked.
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 06:33
Nearly a decade has passed since Evo Morales took office as Bolivia’s first indigenous president. During his re-election campaign in 2014, he promised not to seek another term after this one. But the thin Andean air may be distorting lawmakers’ memories. During an all-night session on September 26th, Mr Morales’s legislative super-majority passed a reform that would allow him to run for another five-year term, which would expire in 2025.
Friday, September 25, 2015 - 06:30
Nowadays blanket amnesties that grant impunity for crimes against humanity are frowned upon. And such crimes are increasingly broadly drawn: as well as massacres they include the abduction and forced displacement of civilians. For years Colombia’s FARC guerrillas have engaged in such practices.
Monday, August 24, 2015 - 07:20
The conviction of two prominent dissidents conjures up the Soviet past
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 06:17
Apart from a few gruesome interludes, such as Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait or the nearly decade-long war it fought with Iran in the 1980s, the major Arab powers have not had to do much fighting since reaching peace deals or durable ceasefires with Israel after the war in 1973.
Friday, August 14, 2015 - 06:49
Protests have been taking place weekly at dusk since May. Their purpose: to rail against what participants see as grotesque corruption at the highest levels of government.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 07:06
Mr Kenyatta’s government is already facing an unusually fierce wave of criticism across the country as a result of a probe into large-scale corruption that benefited members of the ruling elite. If it fails to deal with the Shabab and its home-grown allies better than before, popular discontent could get out of hand.
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 07:12
Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan’s president since September, is making effort to improve his country’s tattered dealings with Pakistan. Closer relations hold out the tantalising possibility of making peace with the Taliban.