Category: Spectrum


Mali’s Keita Faces a Growing List of Headaches Heading Into Elections in 2018

Mali is set to hold presidential elections in July 2018. Pre-campaign maneuvering recently accelerated, with candidates declaring and likely candidates readying themselves to run. Although President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita enjoys the structural advantages of incumbency, events since last summer suggest he may be vulnerable next year. Keita, known in Mali as IBK, will likely seek […]

Patagonia Joins Native Tribes and Environmental Groups to Sue the Trump Administration Over Utah Land

“The Toadstools”Photo Credit: James Marvin Phelps / Flickr Creative Commons The outdoor retailer Patagonia announced this week that it intends to join forces with a coalition of Native American tribes and environmental groups and file a lawsuit against the Trump administration. Like the environmental groups and tribes, Patagonia said it will sue Trump and members of his […]

Inside the J20 Prosecution: How the Feds Are Criminalizing Dissent

In its case against inauguration protesters, the government is aligning itself with far-right propagandists and fringe vigilantes. Police officers push back demonstrators as they protest against President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on January 20th, 2017.   (Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) Amid the various protests against President Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20th, one stood out: […]

Chile’s 2017 presidential election: the alliances and aspirations of Piñera and Guillier

The first round of Chile’s presidential elections has created the most unpredictable political constellation since the nation’s return to democracy in 1989. The cabals and intrigues materialising the run-up to the second round on December 17 could have long-term effects on the nation’s political culture, ideological identities and socio-economic development, write Roland Benedikter (EURAC Research, COHA, University of Wroclaw) and Miguel […]

Welsh Assembly: Report backs more members and votes at 16

Image caption Sixty members is no longer enough to deliver for the people of Wales, the report said The Welsh Assembly needs an extra 20 to 30 members to cope with its growing workload, an expert panel has said. Its report also recommends that 16 and 17-year-olds should be able to vote in assembly elections. […]

What Politicians Are Saying About ‘Pope’ Dan Johnson

A report from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting prompted calls for Rep. Dan Johnson’s resignation from across the state and political spectrum. The Republican Party of Kentucky, the House Republican Caucus, the state Democratic Party and House Democratic Caucus asked for Johnson’s resignation Monday, hours after the report’s publication. Gov. Matt Bevin declined to specifically […]

Why CFK’s Arrest Warrant is Nothing to Celebrate

When a federal judge indicted former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for treason and asked the Senate to strip her of parliamentary immunity, some of her critics saw his decision as an important step toward bringing a powerful politician to justice. However, many others – fans and critics of Fernández alike – saw Judge Claudio […]

Jewish Agency chief: Reform criticism of Trump’s Jerusalem move was ‘terrible’

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky on Tuesday lambasted the Reform movement’s critical response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week. “The Reform response to the recognition of Jerusalem was terrible,” Sharansky, an influential backer of the Reform movement’s position on the Western Wall and other matters, said in a […]