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Algeria: Economic Crisis and Political Stagnation As An Era Draws To A Close

Algeria: Economic Crisis and Political Stagnation As An Era Draws To A Close

National Assembly elections will be held this week in Algeria. The electorate of 22 million, are somewhat apathetic to the prospect. This is because many Algerians assume the polls are fixed and the ruling party will continue to win by a large margin. As the economic crisis mounts, the frustration of the populace will intensify. Despite Algeria being the 6th largest gas exporter globally, the economy is slowing, given the over- reliance on the energy sector for growth.  In 2016, revisions were made […]

Democracy And The Economy In Honduras Under Siege

Democracy And The Economy In Honduras Under Siege

Honduras is the second largest nation in Central America, after Nicaragua. With a relatively small population of 8.4 million, it is also the poorest country in the region, with the exception of its neighbor Nicaragua. Over the years, the political instability of the country and the entrenched political elite, have slowed the modernization of Honduras.  The lack of real democracy and economic freedom over the years, has helped keep over 50% of the populace of Honduras in poverty. The economy is still based […]

Libya Tries Again To End The Civil War And Resume Steady Oil Production

Libya Tries Again To End The Civil War And Resume Steady Oil Production

There was a recent rebound in international oil prices. This was partially attributed to another shutdown at the largest oilfield in Libya. The Sharara was forced off line, by a group that blocked a pipeline linking it to an oil terminal. The field had only just returned to production, after a week-long stoppage ending in early April. It seemed to be another indication that the supply of oil from Libya, can no longer be relied on for a regular flow of crude. […]

Belarus: A Quick End To Possible Economic And Political Reforms

Belarus: A Quick End To Possible Economic And Political Reforms

Belarus has the geographic misfortune of being placed between a militarily resurgent Russia and an enlarging Western alliance. Since the mid 1990’s, the country has been under the authoritarian rule of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Although the country has remained in the economic and political orbit of Russia, the president has always maintained opens channels with the European Union. President Lukashenka became frightened with the invasion of Crimea and the subsequent annexation of the territory, from Ukraine in the spring of 2014. In […]

Paraguay: The Inevitable Move Towards Political Dictatorship

Paraguay: The Inevitable Move Towards Political Dictatorship

Latin America in the modern era, has struggled with a peaceful transfer of power, once a presidential term in office has been completed. Politicians on the right and more recently on the left, will attempt to cling to power, by changing constitutional and election laws. As a result, dictatorships have become quite common. Paraguay has been no different in this regard. Alfredo Stroessner served as President of Paraguay from 1954 to 1989. He ascended to the office after leading an army coup, […]

Bulgaria: Despite Recent Economic Growth, Elections Still Mask Massive Corruption

Bulgaria: Despite Recent Economic Growth, Elections Still Mask Massive Corruption

The center right GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) party of Bulgaria, won the general parliamentary election held on March 26th. This will permit the leadership of the party to form another government, since the previous administration resigned last November. This had triggered the snap election that took place last weekend. This is Bulgaria’s third election in four years. Analysts remain skeptical, that the electoral results regardless of their final outcome, will be able to make much headway in the widespread […]

Moldova Struggling For A Better Future, Amidst Political Chaos

Moldova Struggling For A Better Future, Amidst Political Chaos

Moldova has struggled since independence arrived, with the breakup of the Soviet Union, at the end of the Cold War in 1991. The country remains Europe’s poorest country, due to lack of economic development and rampant corruption. A massive banking theft has left the country near insolvent. The long term survival of Moldova, with a population of just 3.5 million, still remains in doubt. The economy of Moldova remains heavily reliant on agriculture. Structural reforms will be needed to promote sustainable growth […]

Taiwan In A Precarious Position As China’s Military Power Grows

Taiwan In A Precarious Position As China’s Military Power Grows

The relationship with mainland China is what has dominated the politics of Taiwan, since the island became the last main redoubt of the Nationalists in 1949. The most important issue that divides the two main Taiwanese political parties 68 year later, remains how to manage an increasingly powerful China. The island’s founding party the conservative Kuomintang (KMT), still holds out the possibility that there will be an eventual reunification, with the rest of China. There are even some old time politicians that still […]

Greece On The Precipice Of Financial Disaster?

Greece On The Precipice Of Financial Disaster?

The debt crisis in Greece has been an ongoing state of affairs, ever since the international financial crisis of 2007 and 2008. The aftermath of this instability would hit the Greek economy in late 2009. The immediate trigger would be the turmoil caused by the Great Recession, that started in the United States and spread throughout the world. The structural weakness in the Greek economy, along with the constant under reporting of deficits and accumulated debt by the government, led to a […]

Iraq: Can Unity Be Restored To A Fractious Country?

Iraq: Can Unity Be Restored To A Fractious Country?

Last October, the battle for Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq began. In March of 2017, there is little doubt that the metropolis, will soon be retaken from ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). This final engagement spearheaded by the Iraqis military,will effectively end the caliphate of ISIS, which was declared just two years ago. As the war against the ISIS jihadis winds down, the next challenge will be to restore a fractious country, that has never been so divided. […]

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