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.
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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.
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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.
Muslim terrorist organizations in Central, South, and Southeast Asia frequently blur the lines between “jihadist group” and “Muslim separatist movement.” As a result, a spectrum exists from strictly transnational jihadists, to Muslim separatists utilizing jihadist rhetoric and perhaps accepting assistance from transnational jihadist groups, to violent separatist groups that simply happen to identify as Muslim.
Il 25 novembre 2018 si è consumato il primo scontro militare diretto tra le forze armate russe e quelle ucraine dall’inizio del conflitto. Fino a quel momento, la Russia ha sostenuto che il conflitto era sostanzialmente un conflitto interno all’Ucraina, pur avendo ammesso  alla fine del 2015 la presenza militare russa nei territori orientali del paese, controllati dai ribelli.
At the end, Donald Trump had to capitulate and finally cancel his long-awaited meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 of Buenos Aires. The US President had tried until the very last minute to avoid such an outcome, adopting an ambiguous position toward this new crisis between Russia and Ukraine and trying to somehow blame both sides for it. This position proved untenable and fell under the arrows of several members of the administration and of a broad bipartisan coalition in Congress.