The Pope’s Impossible Choice in Burma

Sean Gleeson* – The Atlantic Speaking out on behalf of the Muslim minority—which the pontiff failed to do—might have endangered the Christian minority. RANGOON—The sight of Pope Francis greeting about 100,000 Burmese pilgrims on Wednesday was deeply moving, even for… Continue Reading

“Every Day Is a Nightmare”

By Naimul Haq In this special series of reports, IPS journalists travel to the border region between Bangladesh and Myanmar to speak with Rohingya refugees, humanitarian workers and officials about the still-unfolding human rights and health crises facing this long-marginalized… Continue Reading

Iran Reshapes the Middle East

By George Friedman* – Geopolitical Futures** Iran has always seen itself as being in competition with the Arab states for domination of the Persian Gulf. Its ambitions were put on hold in the late 1980s, at the end of an… Continue Reading

A Lump of Coal for the Middle Class

William Becker* – The Huffington Post The tax reform bill that the Senate is rushing to pass this week has several flaws, but one is especially disappointing for most Americans: It breaks Donald Trump’s promise of a “great big, beautiful… Continue Reading

The Richest People in the World

By Jennifer Calfas – Money (Dow Jones, Time Inc) The richest people in the world have a staggering amount of wealth — comparable to the GDP of small countries for some. Many of the world’s richest, like Microsoft founder Bill… Continue Reading

Meanwhile, Around the World

EDITORIAL,  Johan Galtung* – TRANSCEND Media Service Trump is trumping himself by making America Last, not in the sense of long-lasting, but in the sense of going down. There is something to learn for those receptive to learning, and Islam puts… Continue Reading

Suu Kyi takes a populist, paranoid turn

By DAVID SCOTT MATHIESON* – Asia Times Myanmar de facto leader conflated illegal migration with terrorism in a keynote speech, adding her voice to the Islamophobia that has justified persecution of the Rohingya YANGON, NOVEMBER 21, 2017 . Myanmar’s increasingly internationally maligned… Continue Reading

The Birth of a Dictator

By Pascal Laureyn PHNOM PENH, Nov 17 2017 (IPS) – The government had an almost paranoid fear of protests. A square kilometer around the Supreme Court was barricaded and off limits to the public. In faraway provinces, roadblocks were erected… Continue Reading