June Rousso
June Rousso

June Rousso

Health

June Rousso, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and holistic health counselor in N.Y.C. with a focus on dietary and lifestyle changes to support health. .. view profile

Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

Chris is a freelance writer who lives in Florida and loves the sunshine... view profile

Jerry Nelson
Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

World

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist. American by birth and now based in South America, Jerry covers social justice issues globally... view profile

John Christopher Fine
John Christopher Fine

John Christopher Fine

Life

is a marine biologist with two doctoral degrees, has authored 24 books, including award-winning books dealing with ocean pollution... view profile

Dennis Adonis
Dennis Adonis

Dennis Adonis

News

Dennis Adonis is a Contributing Writer on Information Technology at The Epoch Times, Yahoo.com, Huffington Post, and CNN. He is also the Author of 19 books... view profile

Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally
Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally

Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally

World

is a member of Alpha Phi Omega Service Sorority and the American Association of Notaries... view profile

Liz Leafloor
Liz Leafloor

Liz Leafloor

Science

Liz Leafloor is a Freelance Writer, Copy Editor, and Graphic Artist. She explores mysterious subjects and hidden histories... view profile

Dr. Gerry
Dr. Gerry

Dr. Gerry

Science

is a Malaysian based marine ecologist, Research Fellow and Advisor to the National University of Malaysia, and marine consultant to the Andaman Resort, La.. view profile

Richard Cox
Richard Cox

Richard Cox

Business

Richard Cox is a university teacher in international trade and finance. .. view profile

Amber Stanley
Amber Stanley

Amber Stanley

Business

She is a blogger and copywriter who works for a writing service. She shares her perspectives on education, social media, creative writing, and careers. .. view profile

Barry Bassis
Barry Bassis

Barry Bassis

Arts & Culture

Barry has been a music, theater and travel writer for over a decade for various publications. .. view profile

Phil Butler
Phil Butler

Phil Butler

Travel

Phil is editor-in-chief of Everything PR News, and Senior Partner at Pamil Visions PR. .. view profile

Linda Moore
Linda Moore

Linda Moore

Business

I am a freelance writer and enjoy reporting on a variety of topics... view profile

Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs

Cathy Hobbs

Life

As a nationally known interior design, real estate styling and home staging expert, Cathy Hobbs shares tips and insight relating to all aspects of the home... view profile

Deborah Asseraf
Deborah Asseraf

Deborah Asseraf

Business

Deborah Asseraf is founder & CEO of Popcorn Productions, a company that explodes awareness for businesses through highly tailored campaigns. .. view profile






  • Japan Lifting Ban on Collective Self-Defense Won’t Change Geopolitics in Asia-Pacific

    Japan Self Defense Forces Visiting Yasukuni Shrine

    Last week Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved a plan that effectively cleared the way for the government to reinterpret the constitution to allow Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to engage in collective self-defense (CSD) under special conditions. Although the decision wasn’t unexpected, it came after weeks of intense discussions between the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and …

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  • The Scoop on Fashion Model Dimos

    Model: Dimos (Mercenary Works)

    Most people believe that fashion models are snobs because of their appearances. Far from what other people believe, models are regular people too who work and strive to be good at their craft. I was fortunate enough to come across Dimos, who not only is down to earth, but also is an intelligent person. 

    Dimos …

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  • Child Pornography Continues to Grow in America

    Child Pornography

    A New York City area police chief, a rabbi and a Boy Scout leader are among the seventy people arrested today on charges of swapping child pornography. Federal officials are calling the bust one of the largest in the metro area.

    Those picked up included a woman who involved her child in the making and …

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  • RentLingo Revolutionizes Relocation

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    Moving five times in five years isn’t easy, especially if you’re a grad student trying to juggle a full course load simultaneously. In between business courses, time has to be found to get from apartment complex to apartment complex to personally check out the quality and condition — or lack of them. Friends on social …

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  • My Last Night in the Arizona Desert Waiting for the Drug Cartel

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    With a fully loaded AR15 in my hands I looked into the desert and my imagination ran wild. Were those Saguaro or were those people. Was that sand drifting in the breeze or a Sidewinder at my feet.

    There are no shadows in the desert at night. That’s one thing that I noticed when I …

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  • The day Brussels mattered

    Juncker calling the shots - via Flickr (europeancouncil)

    Let’s face it – the European Union is not particularly known for its efficiency in fast decision-making. Rather, the European way of doing things is best described as a cocktail of long caffeinated summits stretching far into the early hours of the morning, followed by intense hand wringing over how best to reconcile the various …

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  • Argentina Finds Cloud Behind Silver Lining : Futbol and the Economy

    Argentina Finds Cloud Behind Silver Lining : Futbol and the Economy

    Argentina’s “football” fans are a boost for their team, but are a drain on the Argentine economy. Don’t worry about the “vulture funds,” high inflation or fading economic growth. With all of the bad financial news in Argentina, at least Argentines can enjoy the national team’s performance in the World Cup.

    Thanks mainly to captain …

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  • Brazil Sacrifices Poor on World Cup Altar

    brazilian world cup

    Several days before the start of the World Cup, people close to the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro woke up to find missiles on the roofs of their apartment buildings. Not just missiles. Entire military bases were established overnight on their homes.

    In Tijuca, north of the city, 600 yards from the stadium, the …

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  • Did I Just Meet the Mexican Drug Cartel?

    el chapo

    “Have you been affected directly or indirectly by the influx of illegal immigrants and/or Mexican drug cartels?  If you have, I want to speak to you.  You will remain anonymous.”

    I posted that ad a few years ago.  I got to Arizona with the idea in mind that I would get some stories from people …

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  • Boston Bombing Justice : A Dramatic Three-Part Play

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    “Of course, actors look forward to the day when they can do a big courtroom scene.” Greg Kinnear.

    Arguably the most dramatic courtroom scenes since the O.J. Simpson trial are about to start in a little over a week. Three friends of alleged Boston Bomber, Dzokhar Tsarnaev, will enter and find out if they …

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  • “Hand-Painted Headphones for Haiti” Launch

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    Enigma Performing Arts Center of Haiti (EPAC Haiti) and Monster®, the world leader in high-performance personal audio have teamed up for the fundraising initiative “Hand Painted Headphones for Haiti” to raise money to construct EPAC Haiti, a 3,000 seat concert hall and state of the art convention center designed by Metropolitan Museum architect and Pritzker …

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  • I Spent Two Hours in Bath County Proving Thomas Wolfe Wrong

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    I spent two hours in Bath County this morning

     

    It’s strange how Facebook can take you miles away or bring friends right to your door.

     

    This morning I got a friend request from a man in Bath County, Virginia that I haven’t seen in, well, years. I immediately recognized his name so I …

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  • Brazil : Greed Has a Home While People Go Homeless

    Brazil

    Juanita was able to grab her 2-year old son just as the bulldozer pushed through the cardboard and tin of her 100 square foot hillside home in the favela on the lace of poverty bordering Rio de Janeiro’s fancy dress. It was almost two-thirty in the morning, and her husband, Carlos, had left 30 minutes …

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  • The World Cup and Sports Diplomacy in East Asia

    2002 World Cup

    I’m always amazed by how the World Cup has become a major part of modern life and captures a global audience. The power of soccer — or global sporting events in general — astounds me. People from drastically different nations put away their differences to enjoy the games. And besides being really fun to watch, …

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  • Can Argentina Embassies be Seized?

    argentina embassy

    Buenos Aires — The wind isn’t blowing off of Rio de Plata this morning. The streets are practically empty and the flags outside of Metropolitan Cathedral where Pope Francis used to work hang limp. It’s as if the capital is holding its breath, waiting to see what will happen now that Argentina President Cristina Kirchner …

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  • Brazil and The World Cup : A Fairy Tale Gone Sour

    world cup

    Once upon a time, Brazil’s economy seemed like Sleeping Beauty. With plenty of potential and about to wake up and join the party, Sleeping Beauty has fallen off of the castle’s parapet and is crashing on to the rocks below. Even with the World Cup knocking on the castle door isn’t enough of a Prince …

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  • Abe and Allies in LDP Take on JA-Zenchu

    Shinzo Abe With JA-Zenchu Officials

    In a move to try to implement heftier agricultural reforms and speed up US-Japan Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership negotiations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has worked with Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) policymakers to agree to transform the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives – or JA-Zenchu – into a new, less powerful organization.

    In May, the government’s Council …

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  • World Cup Corruption May Reach Into Argentina and Russia

    world cup

    Argentina, Russia, the World Cup. Each with a long history and each may have connections to the other that could surprise a person.

    The World Cup is not only the most popular sporting event in the world, it is probably the even most infested with mafia money. Many people in South America are already saying …

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  • Are American POWs Still Alive in Southeast Asia?

    Are American POWs Still Alive in Southeast Asia?

    With Bowe Bergdahl’s release, I’ve thought of conversations on a park bench in Washington DC just a few steps from the hootch where Rolling Thunder sold POW memorabilia to raise funds to support the POW-MIA issue.

     

    I had been in Washington just a few weeks when I met a man who would become a …

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  • North Carolina Legislators Promise Fracking Moratorium, Break Promise and Ask For Public Funding

    Fracking

    Despite a significant public opposition, North Carolina (USA) Governor Pat McCrony signed a bill into law that allows for fracking in the Tarheel State. Called the Energy Modernization Act, the legislation will start issuing drilling permits 61 days after the state agency overseeing fracking, the Mining and Energy Commission, approves rules for the industry …

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  • The day Brussels mattered

    Juncker calling the shots - via Flickr (europeancouncil)

    Let’s face it – the European Union is not particularly known for its efficiency in fast decision-making. Rather, the European way of doing things is best described as a cocktail of long caffeinated summits stretching far into the early hours of the morning, followed by intense hand wringing over how best to reconcile the various …

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  • In Ukraine, Poroshenko should not run for President

    Why is Petro Poroshenko eyeing Ukraine? via Wikimedia Commons

    What is Putin up to? The Russian President surprised international audiences on Wednesday by calling upon the separatists of Eastern Ukraine to suspend a referendum seeking autonomy, which was due this Sunday. His speech fell on deaf ears unfortunately, as the pro-Russian separatists decided on Thursday to go ahead with the referendum, dashing all hopes …

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  • Is US worldwide credibility waning?

    “Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them”, remarked President Obama during a nuclear security summit in 2010.  Four years on however, we are witnessing a worrying tendency in US foreign policy: the military superpower has turned …

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  • Is the Western media right to bash Viktor Orbán’s electoral reform?

    Viktor Orban

    Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, is no sweetheart of the European media. He has swayed against the current by implementing policies that have been dubbed populist and nationalistic. The latest bout comes over a newly enacted electoral reform, which will be put to the test in next month’s parliamentarian election, where Orbán is expected to …

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  • Sochi: The Security Olympics

     

    “I call on you, every mujahid to disrupt this Satanic dancing on the bones of our ancestors”. As the world is gearing up for the Winter Olympic Games, set to start this Friday in the subtropical resort of Sochi, so is Doku Umarov. He is the self-proclaimed emir (leader) of the Caucasus Emirate, a …

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  • Activists Fear Russian Overreach after Olympic Terror Concerns

    Man inspects servers (IntelFreePress)

    Following the double suicide bombing in Volvograd last month and the outbursts of violence that have killed and wounded several members of Russia’s security forces in the North Caucus region of Daghestan over the past weeks, Russia’s security forces are on high alert. Authorities fear that terrorists may target the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in …

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  • Latvia Reluctantly Joins the Eurozone

    Protestors at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt (Eoghan OLionnain)

    Fireworks exploded overhead and couples embraced in Riga, Latvia’s capital city, as Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis withdrew a €10 banknote early Wednesday morning to mark the country’s adoption of the Euro. The small Baltic state of just over 2 million inhabitants is the 18th country to join Europe’s monetary union and the second in the …

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  • Europe Must Play Long Game in Ukraine

    Protestors in Kiev, Ukraine (photo credit: Ivan Bandura via flickr http://bit.ly/J6oKTB)

    Hundreds of thousands of pro-Europe protestors have flooded into Kiev’s old city to protest against President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to delay the signing of a landmark Association Agreement and free trade deal with the European Union last month. Protestors rightly believe that only rapprochement with the EU can modernise the country’s political and economic system. …

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  • Ireland Seeks to Strengthen Ties with Diaspora

    Small Irish village (photo credit: Irish Jaunt)

    Moneygall Ireland is an unassuming village of just over 350 in County Offaly, Ireland. Since 2011, however, the blink-and-you-miss-it town on the R445 between Dublin and Limerick has become infamous across the country as the birthplace of U.S. President Barack Obama’s maternal great-great-great grandfather. The anecdotal story that made headlines around the world perfectly encapsulates …

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  • Danish Fighting to Keep Mink off EU Black List

    North American Mink (Ben Salter via flickr http://bit.ly/IiNN53)

    Danish government lobbyists are busy at work in Brussels. A new European Commission proposal seeking to ban non-native plants and animals in the EU might include the North American mink. The semiaquatic carnivore is prized for its fur and heavily farmed in Denmark. Its introduction to Europe, however, has been linked to declines in European …

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  • Is Europe Hiding Behind Tymoshenko?

    Germany's Angela Merkel and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in June 2011 (European People's Party)

    In just two weeks, Europe’s heads of state will meet in Vilnius, Lithuania for the Eastern Partnership Summit. It was hoped that the summit would culminate a push by the small Baltic state Lithuania, which currently holds the Council presidency, to build closer ties with the European Union’s Eastern neighbours, particularly Ukraine. The EU’s largest …

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  • Deciphering Angela Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Glyn Lowe)

    Late last month, a seemingly inconsequential remark by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was largely glossed over by the mainstream media. In the world of undecipherable Euro-jargon, however, her words carry very important significance.

    In Brussels on October 25th, Merkel told reporters that she doesn’t, “see any automaticity between top candidates and the filling of posts.” …

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  • Putin’s Precarious Title

    President Putin Climbing a Wall (Cea)

    Forbes released its sensational annual list of the “most powerful” people in the world yesterday. Typically, the top spot is reserved for the sitting US president, but this year, for the first time ever, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has taken the coveted title. The last time the US president saw himself knocked off his pedestal was …

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  • EU Relations With Turkey May Be Warming Afterall

    Turkey's President Erdogan (openDemocracy)

    This month, the European Union’s candidate countries anxiously awaited the release of a set of Commission reports that would assess the progress they’d made towards coveted membership. The reports set the tone for negotiations over the coming year and conclusions can make or break membership hopes. Having launched its official application to join the EU …

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  • EU Progress Reports Offer Little Hope of New Members within the Decade

    EU Commissioner Stefan Füle (EUICBG)

    On Wednesday, in a political exercise akin to A-level results day, the European Union’s candidate countries anxiously awaited the release of progress reports that would assess the headway they’d made towards coveted membership. Only months after Croatia became the EU’s 28th Member State, the results made clear that Brussels has no intention of adding a …

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  • Aging Populations in Eastern Europe Pose Challenges for Policy Makers

    Elderly woman on bench (by Ed Yourdon CC BY-SA 2.0)

    The aging of populations in Europe is transforming economies and societies and sparking debate on issues ranging from pensions to healthcare. In Eastern Europe though, populations are still relatively young compared with their quickly aging counterparts in Western Europe, but falling birth rates, longer life expectancy and high levels of outward migration are expected to …

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  • Bosnia’s Future Uncertain Following Electoral Reform Impasse

    Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Nicolas Raymond)

    Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, announced yesterday, after hopes for a last-ditch agreement were definitively dashed, that the EU would be reducing by half the the financial support it provides to perspective Member State Bosnia and Herzegovina. Leaders from Bosnia’s main political parties had been in negotiations since Tuesday to try …

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  • What Does Ukraine Stand to Gain from Farming Deal with China?

    Typical agricultural landscape of Ukraine, Kherson Oblast (Dobrych)

    A deal signed between Ukrainian and Chinese authorities last month may impact up to 3 million hectares of prime farmland in Eastern Ukraine, a space roughly the size of Belgium. China, the world’s largest country, with over 1.35 billion inhabitants, consumes 20% of the world’s food supply, but constitutes only 9% of the world’s farmland. …

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  • Golden Dawn Arrests Uncover Possible Police Collusion

    Golden Dawn Supporters in Greece (Ggia)

    The spectacular rise of the extreme-right Golden Dawn in Greece has broken the taboo that once surrounded this small political party often described as neo-Nazi. Golden Dawn has successfully exploited rising social and economic tensions in Greek society to enter the Hellenic parliament in 2012 and now enjoys the support of 15% of the population …

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  • New EU Anti-Smoking Regulations Mired in Bribery Scandal

    Members of European Parliament in Session (Christian Wohlert)

    Days before debate is to begin on new European anti-smoking regulations, the EU announced last week that the European Anti-Fraud Office (Olaf) had renewed interest in the former Commissioner responsible for tobacco regulation, John Dalli, with the opening of an official investigation. The Maltese businessman formerly charged with health and consumer protection for …

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  • “Hand-Painted Headphones for Haiti” Launch

    haiti

    Enigma Performing Arts Center of Haiti (EPAC Haiti) and Monster®, the world leader in high-performance personal audio have teamed up for the fundraising initiative “Hand Painted Headphones for Haiti” to raise money to construct EPAC Haiti, a 3,000 seat concert hall and state of the art convention center designed by Metropolitan Museum architect and Pritzker …

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  • The Seasons of our Discontent. A How-to Guide to Popular Uprisings

    Occupy Everything. Copyright annainaustin via Flickr

    The Arab Spring, the Turkish Summer, the Romanian Autumn, the Russian Winter. It seems that the four seasons have become a catchall term for democratic protest movements from around the world. Apart from sharing an annual equinox, what do all these demonstrations have in common? What are the basic ingredients needed for such a protest …

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  • The Maldives election: Democracy on the brink

    Back to square one? Mariyam Imad wonders what hopes remain for democracy.

    In the latest turn of events leading to the turbulent presidential elections in the Maldives, the Supreme Court has trampled on the prospects of democracy by postponing the Saturday 19 October vote. In previous weeks, the supposedly impartial body had already scrapped the …

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  • The Maldives election: Democracy disrupted

    Maldivians fight for votes, courts void them.

    The Supreme Court of the Maldives has overturned the first round of a tense presidential election following allegations of fraud. The undertakings of this supposedly neutral institution are raising concern among the international community and the Maldivian opposition. On September 24, it “indefinitely postponed” the election’s second-round runoff, …

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  • Maldive elections: Women, repression and the urns

    Mariyam Imad wonders why half the inhabitants of this tropical paradise are still living a nightmare.

    The peaceful surface of the Maldives’ waters belies a brutal tradition of family violence and sexual abuse. The country is on the path to reform, but Maldivian women continue to endure oppression. On 28 September, they will march to …

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  • Maldive elections: The zealot or the autocrat

    As Maldivians head for the ballots this month, Mariyam Imad looks into some of the issues threatening these small islands, and the vast stakes around them.

     The Maldives is a nation of coral islands surfacing from a submarine mountain range 400 kilometers south of India. With a population of under 400,000, it is the smallest …

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  • The Maldives election: Democracy on the brink

    Back to square one? Mariyam Imad wonders what hopes remain for democracy.

    In the latest turn of events leading to the turbulent presidential elections in the Maldives, the Supreme Court has trampled on the prospects of democracy by postponing the Saturday 19 October vote. In previous weeks, the supposedly impartial body had already scrapped the …

    Read More

  • The Maldives election: Democracy disrupted

    Maldivians fight for votes, courts void them.

    The Supreme Court of the Maldives has overturned the first round of a tense presidential election following allegations of fraud. The undertakings of this supposedly neutral institution are raising concern among the international community and the Maldivian opposition. On September 24, it “indefinitely postponed” the election’s second-round runoff, …

    Read More

  • Maldive elections: The zealot or the autocrat

    As Maldivians head for the ballots this month, Mariyam Imad looks into some of the issues threatening these small islands, and the vast stakes around them.

     The Maldives is a nation of coral islands surfacing from a submarine mountain range 400 kilometers south of India. With a population of under 400,000, it is the smallest …

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