Moldova’s transition towards a functioning democracy seems to be a long shot.
President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last week was, according to the overnight polling, generally well received by the American public (or at least by those who watched). His acknowledgements of various individuals in the gallery were poignant and moving. He invoked proud, unifying achievements from the nation’s past, like the liberation of Dachau and the Moon landing. There were even moments of bipartisan celebration, as when Trump acknowledged the record-setting number of women serving in Congress.
The Islamic Republic, whose survival nobody would have betted on, still lives on. No matter what John Bolton predicted last year – “the Islamic Republic will not last until its 40th birthday” – or what common sense suggested in the early days of the revolution, when very few people thought it would have lasted more than six months.
Today, Russia and the West face the most severe crisis in their relations since the end of the Cold War.
While investments in the West fluctuate due to economic uncertainties, a strong urbanization trend is consolidating worldwide, and this requires a clear vision of necessary works and interventions in various sectors: transportation, both urban and extra-urban, civil and commercial; energy; connectivity and communication networks; housing and building. Thanks to technological innovation, services to citizens improve, the economy grows, environmental impact and social inequalities decrease.
Congolese people hold their breath, waiting for the Constitutional Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo to examine the appeal that Martin Fayulu has filed last Saturday against the results of the December 2018 presidential vote that invested Felix Tshisekedi. The observers of the local Catholic Church have reported irregularities, and concerns are mounting about a possible deal between the winner of the presidential race and the outgoing President Joseph Kabila.
Initially, it was called the “bread revolution” but soon the wave of protests that is currently inflaming Sudan led to an unprecedented uprising against the 30-year dictatorship of President Omar al-Bashir.
No. Among all the unknowns that 2019 might have in store for us, one development we need not expect is a collapse of the Islamic Republic due to the Trump administration’s policy of “maximum pressure”.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got the message. The Japanese public and electorate are really not that interested in his constitutional amendment revising Article 9 (which renounces war) with a view to turning Japan into what Abe and his revisionist followers claim would then be a ‘normal’ country. Instead, good old bread-and-butter issues like the rapidly ageing society, labour market reforms and other structural reforms are what concern the Japanese people far more.
When African rulers south of the Sahara are under discussion there is usually an irrepressible tendency to reach for stereotypes; but in the case of Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister such stereotypes are more misleading than ever. Abiy Ahmed, who has been at the helm of his country for only eight months, has lost no time in making his mark as a new broom.