Turkey’s Libya Gambit Will Not Go Unanswered by Egypt

Three old Libyan tanks, derelict after the failed intervention in the Chadian civil war. cc Flickr David Stanley, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Turkey’s expanding role in the Libyan Civil War presents a security threat to Sisi’s Egypt, one that is unlikely to go unchallenged.

Al-Kadhimi Government Faces Its First Test in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, modified, cc The Media Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mustafa_al-Kadhimi.jpg

Iraqi Prime Minister Mostafa al-Kadhimi is taking on the militias, and the early results aren’t encouraging.

COVID-19 Is Amplifying the Plight of Turkish and Iranian Kurds

A COVID-19 victim is buried in a temporary grave in Iran; author Behzad Alipour, modified, cc 4.0, Fars News, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Temporary_graves_in_Iran_during_COVID-19_pandemic_1.jpg

COVID-19 is making a bad situation even worse for various long-suffering Kurdish populations.

A Fully-Automated Economy Should Not Be the Goal

cc Flickr Tesla Autobots, Steve Jurvetson, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tesla_auto_bots.jpg

Hard as it is to defy the drum beat of technological progress, pervasive automation may represent some hidden costs that we’re unwilling to pay.

Brazil’s Tale of Two Epidemics: Zika & COVID-19

cc Flickr Palácio do Planalto, modified, 20/03/2020 Coletiva de Imprensa do Presidente da República, Jai, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

One brought an exemplary response, the other an unmitigated disaster.

Qualified Immunity is an American Travesty

cc Flickr Anthony Quintano, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

By providing a handy loophole for ignoring constitutional protections, the legal concept of qualified immunity does far more harm than good.

Geopolitics Looming Ever Larger in India-Nepal Relations

a protest in Nepal in 2015 against the Indian blockade, cc Flickr S Pakhrin, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The recent release of Nepal’s official political map is raising new questions over the extent of China’s influence in Katmandu.

Putin’s Spin Merchants Flip the Script as Key Referendum Approaches

cc kremlin.ru, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59999

The president’s loyalists turn bad news into good ahead of a referendum that could keep Putin in power long after his current term ends.

Coronavirus in Bulgaria: Conspiracies Theories and Mass Indifference

Protests in Sofia in 2013. Thus far, for all the public suspicion of the national COVID-19 response, there has been little in the way of collective action. cc Georgi C, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Bulgarian public’s suspicion of elite power is on full display during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Soldiers of Peace: A Peruvian Blue Helmet in MINUSCA

Peruvian Engineers Company (Compañía de Ingeniería Perú) , celebrates the anniversary of the Engineering service of the Peruvian Army.  Photo taken on April 24, 2020.

Discussing Peru’s peacekeeping legacy, the importance of female blue helmets, and the fate of the UN’s current mission in the Central African Republic.

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