Articles by: James-Patrick Cannon

Propaganda and Tibet

Propaganda and Tibet

September 1, 2017 at 10:40 AM

The idea for this article was born in a bar in the city of Xi’an, far away from the stuffy Beijing auditorium where I spent the month of May attending lectures on Chinese law. A couple of friends and I were having a pint at the bar of our hostelRead More

Haiti- Businessman with tainted record takes office in the Americas

Haiti- Businessman with tainted record takes office in the Americas

February 14, 2017 at 5:30 AM

On February 7th, the Republic of Haiti inaugurated a new President, a year to the day after Michel Martelly stepped down from office without an elected successor. Soon to be sworn-in is Jovenel Moise, a previously little known businessman and protege of Martelly’s. Moise had originally triumphed in the OctoberRead More

Free press – Looking at both ends

Free press – Looking at both ends

December 8, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Within the  “Policy+People” Initiative, James Cannon looks at how in some of the biggest democracies, the idea of free and proper journalism is under institutional threat.  Last April, the Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders released its annual World Press Freedom Index. Canada ranks a very respectable 18th position in this year’s Index.Read More

After the Coup: Turkey and the West

After the Coup: Turkey and the West

October 18, 2016 at 9:06 AM

In a first essay examining the repercussions of Turkey’s failed coup, I limited myself to looking at the domestic side of these repercussions; in particular, I explained the ways in which Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s polarizing President, has used the coup as a pretext to amp up his authoritarian andRead More

Much the Same as Before: Erdogan’s Post-Coup Politics

Much the Same as Before: Erdogan’s Post-Coup Politics

October 14, 2016 at 5:17 PM

Introduction In the immediate aftermath of last July’s failed coup against his government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan conspicuously referred to the attempted putsch as a “gift from God.” He went so far as to declare that this gift would allow him to cleanse the military from “members of theRead More

Crisis in Venezuela: Chavismo’s Failure

Crisis in Venezuela: Chavismo’s Failure

September 6, 2016 at 11:10 AM

The Venezuela-Colombia border continues to be at the forefront of Venezuela’s economic crisis. In late 2015, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro unilaterally shut down the border between both countries in an effort to crack down on the smuggling of Venezuelan goods to Colombia, which he has repeatedly repeatedly blamed for theRead More