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.
It’s the moment we’ve all (not) been waiting for: the 2019 European Parliament elections. As if Europe didn’t have enough problems at the moment, citizens of the rebranded EU-27 are set to go to the polls in May in what many observers consider the most consequential EP election since its founding in 1979.
The discovery and targeting of four Hezbollah tunnels that crossed from southern Lebanon into northern Israel by the IDF has brought back the attention to the sensitive situation in the Levantine nation. Since 2006, following the brief war between Israel and Hezbollah, the area has experienced a condition of delicate peace. While the southern portion of the country has been able to reconstruct and has lived in relative tranquility, the threat of a new war has never completely vanished.
Throughout much of their recent history, Indonesia and Malaysia have been celebrated by regional and global audiences alike as thriving examples of peaceful coexistence between different religions and backgrounds, thanks to the consolidation of a moderate, pluralistic, and generally accommodative Islam that proved de facto compatible with democratic principles and practices.
On Oct. 17, 2017, Philippines' President Roderigo Duterte declared the city of Marawi "liberated", after a 4-months long siege that ended in the death of at least 1,200 people, with dozens of civilians killed.
In July 29, 2018, four Western cyclists were killed in Tajikistan's Danghara district by a group of five men who hit them with a car before stabbing them to death. In a video released after the attack, the five men appear to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State, while sitting under a tree in front of the Islamic State flag.