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TURKISH BID TO OUTSMART SAUDIS TO WOO INDIAN MUSLIMS

ERDOGAN WORKS THROUGH LUCKNOW CONNECTIONS
Author: James M. Dorsey - Published 05-01-2019 09:58 GMT-0000
When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently declared that Turkey was “the only country that can lead the Muslim world,” he probably wasn’t only thinking of Middle Eastern and other Islamic states such as Pakistan and Bangladesh. Increasingly, there is evidence that Indian Muslims, the Islamic world’s fourth largest community after Indonesia and the South Asian states is on Erdogan’s radar.

POLITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS BLOSSOMING AMONG TECHIES

YOUNG WORKERS CHALLENGE CEOs ON ETHICAL ISSUES
Author: B. Sivaraman - Published 04-01-2019 17:21 GMT-0000
“Dear Jeff,

“We are troubled by the recent report from the American Civil Liberties union (ACLU) exposing our company’s practice of selling Amazon Web Service (AWS) Rekognition, a powerful facial recognition technology, to police departments and government agencies. …This will be another powerful tool for the surveillance state, and ultimately serve to harm the most marginalized. …
CUBA

NEW CUBAN CONSTITUTION ENSURES PARTICIPATIVE DEMOCRACY

SOCIALIST SOCIETY ENTERS HIGHER PHASE ON 60TH YEAR
Author: W. T. Whitney Jr. - Published 02-01-2019 11:52 GMT-0000
Delegates of Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power on December 22, 2018 unanimously approved extensive revisions proposed for Cuba’s Constitution of 1976. The Assembly authorized a national referendum on acceptance or not of what is in effect a new constitution. That vote takes place on February 24, the day in 1895 when Cubans launched their second War of Independence from Spain.

NEW YEAR AUGURS WELL FOR THE GLOBAL LEFT

BROAD FRONT EMERGING AGAINST NEO-LIBERAL AGENDA
Author: B. Sivaraman - Published 02-01-2019 11:46 GMT-0000
It is a spring back moment for the global Left. It might not have reached a point of renascence yet. But the Left revival, though inconspicuous and asymmetrical across countries, is unmistakable. It is a bouncy aftereffect of the all too common right wing surge all over the globe. Writing off the Left or berating it for inaction is passé. The call of the hour is to seize the moment and grasp the less-noticed left effervescence.

CONFRONTATION POLITICS TO INTENSIFY IN BANGLADESH

AWAMI LEAGUE’S MASSIVE VICTORY MAY ENCOURAGE FUNDAMENTALISTS
Author: Barun Das Gupta - Published 01-01-2019 10:41 GMT-0000
In the general elections held in Bangladesh on December 30, the Awami League-led Jatiya Oikya Front won a massive victory. So massive, indeed, that it has raised many eyebrows. In a 300 member parliament, elections were held for 299 seats. The Jatiya Oikya Front won 288 of them, the Awami League (AL) alone winning 259 seats. The Opposition National United Front (NUF) won just seven and independents another 4. Incidentally, it was the 11th general election after Bangladesh was born.

CAPITALISM HAS LED TO GLOBAL ECOLOGICAL CRISIS

MARC BRODINE OUTLINES STRATEGY FOR GREEN SOCIALISM
Author: John Bachtell - Published 27-12-2018 09:52 GMT-0000
The warning signs of a planetary emergency abound: Record heat, massive wildfires, extreme weather events, declining agricultural yields, sea level rise, spreading diseases, mass species extinction, and a climate refugee crisis. The latest report by the UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ominously warns the Earth’s inhabitants have 12 years to avert the worst climate catastrophes and “must act on a scale that has no documented historical precedent.”
PAKISTAN

YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY IN KARACHI

IMRAN’S ANTI-U.S. POPULISM IS NO ANTIDOTE TO ECONOMIC ILLS
Author: Matein Khalid - Published 27-12-2018 09:48 GMT-0000
DUBAI: The current balance of payments crisis in Pakistan evoked my memories of visiting Argentina as a Chase Manhattan derivatives banker in the 1990s. Domingo Cavallo’s artificial peso peg against the US dollar led to a currency collapse, banking failures and political chaos (five Presidents in a single year!). The analogy with the abandonment of Pakistan’s rupee peg in early 2018 is unmistakable. The scale of monetary mismanagement in Pakistan ensures a systemic external debt meltdown in 2019. Why?

CUBAN REVOLUTION WILL BE 60 YEARS OLD ON JANUARY 1

NEW YEAR MAY WITNESS MORE PRO-PEOPLE REFORMS
Author: Rob Miller - Published 26-12-2018 15:28 GMT-0000
On January 1 2019, the Cuban people will celebrate the 60th anniversary of their revolution. Following years of struggle Cubans finally defeated the forces of the brutal dictator Fulgencia Batista and his backers in the United States. Yet as Fidel Castro famously predicted the United States would never cease in its efforts to destroy the revolution.

CHINA SUFFERS TWO DIPLOMATIC SETBACKS IN ASIA

INDIA NOW NEEDS TO WEAN AWAY NEPAL FROM BEIJING
Author: Barun Das Gupta - Published 26-12-2018 15:04 GMT-0000
China has suffered two major diplomatic setbacks in Asia within the span of one month. The first was its failure to get its protégé Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The second was the defeat of its friend Abdulla Yameen in the presidential election of Maldives at the hands of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, a close friend of India.

FAR RIGHT ADVANCES IN SPANISH REGIONAL ELECTIONS

REPEAT OF GERMANY AND ITALY IN ANDALUSIA
Author: Conn Hallinan - Published 22-12-2018 21:01 GMT-0000
In what seems a replay of recent German and Italian elections, an openly authoritarian and racist party made major electoral gains in Spain’s most populous province, Andalusia, helping to dethrone the Socialist Party that had dominated the southern region for 36 years. Vox (Voice)—a party that stands for “Spain First,” restrictions on women’s rights, ending abortion, stopping immigration, and dismantling the country’s regional governments—won almost 11 percent of the vote.

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