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China is offering Taiwanese students and businesses preferential treatment in a soft power bid to draw the island towards the mainland. (October in the archive.) mondediplo.com/2019/05/07chi…
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Chinese money for raw materials has ebbed from Latin America, revealing corruption that already existed under progressive governments. The rightwing politicians who succeeded them face protests from the new middle classes. (October in the archive.) mondediplo.com/2020/03/04lat…
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On 14 October, a European Parliament press release announced the finalists for the Sakharov prize, ‘the highest tribute paid by the European Union to human rights work’. Among them was Jeanine Añez, the first female dictator in Latin American history. mondediplo.com/2019/12/02bol…
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US Secretary of State Colin Powell brandished a vial he claimed contained anthrax at the UN Security Council on 5 February 2003, and showed satellite photos of secret sites where chemical weapons were supposed to be manufactured. mondediplo.com/2018/01/01ira…
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The ‘mafia’ of private owners of electricity generators is much criticised in Lebanon. According to a 2016 report, their annual profits may be as much as $2bn. (From the archive.) mondediplo.com/2020/10/02leb…
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Washington’s Latin American security strategy is rooted in the militarised anti-drug and counterinsurgency programmes. (October in the archive.) mondediplo.com/2017/01/03tru…
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Latin America wants money and credit that doesn’t originate in the US, and China needs primary products. It should be a fair deal, but it isn’t working out quite that way (October in the archive.) mondediplo.com/2014/09/09zch…
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The confrontation between the two strategies – and two different ideologies – of the Islamist struggle is getting more violent. (October in the archive.) mondediplo.com/2007/07/02al-…
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Building walls and fences to protect borders has become common around the world in both authoritarian and democratic countries, but until recently North and West Africa had escaped the trend. No longer. Meet the berm, or North African sand wall. mondediplo.com/2021/10/04sah…
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An agreement signed on 19 April 2021 was supposed to make Georgia’s municipal elections this month an opportunity to regulate its political crisis. Yet after the first round, the country is sinking deeper into turmoil. mondediplo.com/2021/10/10geo…
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There are two striking aspects to the great Sino-Soviet ideological quarrel, which in 1969 descended into armed conflict. First, it has largely been forgotten. Second, it was highly secret. mondediplo.com/2018/08/03com…
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Le Monde diplomatique in English retweeted
Analysis of recent satellite images of North and West Africa reveal the existence of more sand barriers than previously suspected. The Sahara is criss-crossed by these barriers from the Atlantic to the Red Sea, a crude form of controlling migrant movement. mondediplo.com/9858
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Le Monde diplomatique in English retweeted
"One of the things Margaret Thatcher never understood about the Scots is that they’re not averse to the idea of living in a museum, provided it’s their own. Having lost their statehood in 1707, history was all they had until the parliament came along." mondediplo.com/2021/06/04sco…
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Our lives run on semiconductors, the dizzyingly powerful and sophisticated chips found in every device we use. This century, dominating chip design, manufacture and supply as significant geopolitically as oil was in the 20th. (October in the archive.) mondediplo.com/2021/08/03mor…
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Central America’s anti-communist regimes used to be closely allied with Taiwan, but growing trade with China has broken that link. (October in the archive.) mondediplo.com/2016/06/10tai…
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HDP co-chairman Selahattin Demirtaş was arrested in November 2016 and is still in prison. Four months before his arrest he wrote of the silencing of the Turkish opposition for LMD. (October in the archive.) mondediplo.com/2016/07/07erd…
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The legal proceedings against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), and threats to dissolve it, can only be explained by the government’s wanting to stop it repeating its June 2015 election success. (October in the archive.) mondediplo.com/2015/09/04erd…
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In 2011, many in Turkey were not ready for Kurdish autonomy. The military-mafioso ‘deep state’ which Turks accuse of pulling political and economic strings remained in place, and vested interests profited from the conflict. (October in the archive.) mondediplo.com/2011/11/10tur…
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