The huge wave of demonstrations that swept through Russia from December 2011 to March 2012 made it seem likely that Putin's new presidency would make concessions to the emerging political opposition. However, these expectations were left unfulfilled also due to the opposition's failure to structure itself according to a shared project. Putin's re-election was followed by a series of legislative measures designed to restrict the activities of the opposition by further limiting the activities of NGOs.
In its approach to the demonstrations in Bolotnaja Square in December 2011 following Putin’s second presidential bid, Russian policy had to deal with unexpected protests triggered by Russian blogs, a new communication medium that appeared around 2008, and by a new “peculiar” political blogger, Aleksej Navalny. Russia underwent a revolution of new-generation communication and information exchange.
A variety of indicators at the political and military level explain Iraq’s deteriorating security situation in 2013. First, in terms of the violent physical conflict, the resurgence of al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) and its bombing campaign has reached a level unprecedented since the 2006-2008 sectarian conflict, and was highlighted by the recent raids on the Abu Ghraib and Taji prisons. Second, armed clashes between the Iraqi security forces and Arab Sunni protestors have led to calls to reactivate Arab Sunni militias. Third, in the face of these threats, both the regular armed...
One year has passed since the new leader, Kim Jong-un (age 30), rose to power in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The alleged “Will of Kim Jong-il”, Kim’s late father, demanded that the successor mend relations with South Korea, and move to resume the Six-Party talks, with the aim of gaining recognition as a nuclear power. Given these mandates, the last year might be seen as rather unsuccessful. So how can we explain the current developments in North Korea?
Il Partito britannico dell’indipendenza (UK Independence Party – Ukip) venne creato all’inizio degli anni Novanta (1993), in seguito alla dissoluzione della Lega Anti Federalista, nata nel 1991 per contrastare le proposte contenute nel Trattato di Maastricht.
When, in June 2012, David Cameron announced a referendum on the political status – a phrase to avoid calling it on the sovereignty – of the Falkland (or Malvinas) Islands, few had doubts about the outcome. On 10 and 11 March, the kelpers answered a very simple question: «do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?». As the Argentina’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Alicia Castro, said more than a week ago, the result was «100% predictable».
If US election opinion polls are anything to go by, Mitt Romney will not get a chance to rock the
boat of US-Chinese relations from November 2012 onwards. Most (moderate and well-informed)
analysts and commentators agree that this is good news given Romney’s announcements on how
he and his aides would be dealing with what they call a protectionist ‘currency manipulator’ trading
According to UN DESA (Department of Economic and Social Affairs) Libya is a country with a population of at least 6,355 million (2010) . Around 2,3 million are under the age of 18. This means roughly 4,1 million potential voters (excluding several Libyans living abroad who are also eligible to vote). Based on the UN DESA figures the 2,865,937 registered voters are only about 70% of all the potential voters. According to initial statements of the High Election Commission finally 1,805,540 people voted (= 44% following the UN DESA figures).
Dall’Africa a sud del Sahara, qualche volta, arrivano anche delle buone notizie. Il secondo turno delle elezioni presidenziali senegalesi, svoltosi il 25 marzo nella piena regolarità e senza incidenti di rilievo, ha sancito la vittoria del candidato dell’opposizione, Macky Sall, mandando a casa il presidente uscente, Abdoulaye Wade. Questi, già vincitore nelle due ultime tornate e al potere da ben dodici anni, aspirava a una nuova investitura nonostante l’età ormai avanzata (86 anni) e i dubbi di costituzionalità di un terzo mandato.