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Stories about International Relations

30 July 2015

“Ethiopians Should Not Wait for Obama to Give Them Democracy”

"The united hands of our people are stronger than that of Western world! Let us do that and reign the democracy we are longing for!"

‘Drunk and Half-Naked’ Russian Soldiers Take a Beating in Tajikistan

'We are kindly asking the Kulob police not to prosecute the local lions who defended our honor and culture and fought these Russian drunks.'

28 July 2015

Conspiracy Theory Blaming China's Stock Market Plunge on Foreign Forces Finds Online Support

Lin Zuoming, chairman of a state-owned aerospace and defense company called China Aviation Industry Corp., echoed the theory of foreign manipulation "aimed at breaking people’s faith in government."

27 July 2015

For a Glimpse of Plan Central America's Future, Look to Colombia

Replicating Plan Colombia's failed approach, a Washington aid program for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador combines neoliberal economic reforms with military aid.

25 July 2015

Why Britain Owes India for 200 Years of Brutal Colonialism

"Britain's rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India. In fact Britain's industrial revolution was actually premised upon the de-industrialisation of India."

24 July 2015

Japanese Media Group's Purchase of the Financial Times Shocks China

Given the bad blood between China and Japan over Japanese war crimes during World War II as well as geo-political tensions in Asia, many Chinese didn't take the news well.

23 July 2015

Talking to Iranian Feminist Author Nina Ansary on the Eve of Change in Iran

The Bridge

Mahsa Alimardani talks to the author of Jewels of Allah, a new book that sheds light on feminism in contemporary Iran.

22 July 2015

Israel's Business Style: Drop the Niceties, Speak Your Mind

Intel's guidebook on working with Israelis highlights Israel's workplace norms, which value direct communication and action, things that can be interpreted as rude in other cultures.

Myanmar’s Factories Warn of Economic Shutdown If Minimum Wage Hike Goes Ahead

"It is vital to ensure that the first ever minimum wage level doesn't lock workers from one sector into poverty."

21 July 2015

Laundering Russian Money in London: Undercover Reporters Show You How It's Done

RuNet Echo

The new hard-hitting exposé From Russia With Cash shows hows dirty money from Russia and elsewhere is being laundered through London's high-end real estate market.

Rewriting the History of Plan Colombia

A five-star general's specious narrative about the program’s success ignores the crimes and impunity of the Colombian military, and excuses the U.S. for fostering systemic human rights violations.

17 July 2015

Explaining the Appeal of the Song ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’ Across Africa and Beyond

"Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" means "Lord Bless Africa" but its message resonates at a deeper level for many Africans and non-Africans alike.

Why Do Activists and the European Parliament Oppose Cambodia’s NGO Law?

“The real purpose of this law is to exercise control over groups of citizens who want to speak out.”

16 July 2015

Some Nigerians Don't Think Obama's Nigeria Snub Is Such a Bad Thing

"Obama is not welcome in Nigeria for many many reasons…forget about the elections…he was a very arrogant president in his diplomatic relationship with Nigeria."

Despite Protests, Japan's Ruling Coaltion Rams Through Controversial War Powers Legislation

"In front of the national Diet. On what path is this country now headed, I wonder? July 15, 2015: a day of dread."

15 July 2015

‘The World Has Changed': Bold Statements From Iranian Newspapers in Reaction to Iran Deal

Even publications that have taken a critical stance on the nuclear negotiations gave the news of an agreement neutral coverage.

Travel Back in Time With These Photos of Early 20th-Century Cambodia

We searched the online library of the French Archives and found rare images of Cambodia in the 1920s and 1930s.

14 July 2015

Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Finishes in Vienna

"Today could have been the end of hope on this issue. But now we are starting a new chapter of hope."

13 July 2015

Forget a ‘Grexit’. Twitter Users Want Germany's Finance Minister to Go Instead

"20 years from now our kids will ask us why we let it happen and didn't remove this bunch of corrupted technocrats. #Schaublexit"

Journalists Scrape Together What News They Can as Iran Talks Drag on

One journalist has been covering the talks so long, "I give directions to people and tourists; have a regular cafe; a regular gym; have joined the city's public bike system..."

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