Regions

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

Finding Refuge in the world’s last colony: Western Sahara

Finding Refuge in the world’s last colony: Western Sahara

December 2, 2016 at 10:34 PM

Under the mandate of our “Policy+People” initiative and the section titled ” Finding Refuge: Looking at humans as humans. Without the filter of economic, social or religious concern”, Samina Ansari talks about the refugee crisis that has not been looked at enough. Spain withdrew from Western Sahara in 1975 andRead More

Saudi Arabia and the Human Rights Council

Saudi Arabia and the Human Rights Council

November 22, 2016 at 5:12 PM

What do you do if a country has a long and appalling record of Human Rights violations? Well, according to the member states of the United Nations you re-elect the country to the Human Rights Council. On 28 October 2016 the General Assembly elected fourteen states to serve on theRead More

More transparency, less trust? : Elections in Ghana

More transparency, less trust? : Elections in Ghana

November 22, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Once again the world looks on to get another democratic inspiration from Ghana, the beacon of stable governance in Africa, as she heads to the presidential and parliamentary polls on 7th December 2016. As usual, the ‘red-carpeted’ run-up to the elections is paced by many policy discussions about Ghana’s electoralRead More

The Road to Scotland: Sturgeon’s choice

The Road to Scotland: Sturgeon’s choice

November 17, 2016 at 3:43 AM

With the recent high court decision on Brexit, and its upholding in the Supreme Court, three paths now face the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in her quest to achieve independence. The ruling Scottish Nationalist Party’s (SNP) dream of achieving the full independence of modern Scotland from the rest ofRead More

Yemen: finding legitimacy

Yemen: finding legitimacy

November 8, 2016 at 4:05 AM

This piece is reproduced from Nutcracker Media Over the last five years Yemen has been one of the most volatile states on the political map of the Middle East. “The Arab Spring” revealed the country’s true capacity for internal conflicts, uncovering problems the government has long been reluctant to tackleRead More

Securing Europe- Fighting terrorism on home soil

Securing Europe- Fighting terrorism on home soil

November 4, 2016 at 6:34 AM

The last two years were not easy for the European Union from a security point of view: the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks and massive waves of refugees found it unprepared, and exposed the fallacies in an architecture which was not designed with such events in mind. Additionally, attacks in Nice,Read More

King Bhumibol and Thailand’s political landscape after him

King Bhumibol and Thailand’s political landscape after him

November 1, 2016 at 12:52 PM

On a visit to Thailand last year, I found one thing common to the fascinating variety in landscapes — the portrait of the Thai monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. His smiling face looked at you from virtually everywhere; shops filled with tourist-baiting memoirs, restaurants serving the most delicious Thai food, andRead More

Venezuela: Madness and Maduro

Venezuela: Madness and Maduro

November 1, 2016 at 7:09 AM

Caracas has appeared to reach a boiling point in the midst of mounting tensions between Maduro’s regime and the Mesa de Unidad Democrática (MUD) opposition coalition. What started out as a month marked by buoyed optimism from the opposition turned into a nightmare. In less than two weeks, the SupremeRead More

Narcissist Fading European Nations- Catalonia as Symptom

Narcissist Fading European Nations- Catalonia as Symptom

October 27, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Guest OpEd- With three earlier pieces republished, this is Alfons Lopez Tena‘s first original contribution to InPRA. He writes on issues and topics pertaining to Catalonia and European politics.  The steady relative decline of the once-mighty European countries offers a fascinating  deep insight into the darkest corners of the ebbing nations’ psyche,Read More