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São Paulo's drug policies are working - will the new mayor kill them?

Programme participants join in during capoeira lessons in Sao Paulo's so-called 'Cracolandia'. Sebastian Liste/Noor for the Open Society Foundations Luís Fernando Tófoli, Universidade Estadual de Campinas After a fierce mayoral electoral campaign, São Paulo is a city on the verge of a potentially significant political change. Show More Summary

Pushing the envelope: The World Cup and Arab revolts drive change

By James M. Dorsey Pressured by human rights and trade union activists leveraging Qatar's exposure as a World Cup host and influenced by subtle changes sparked by popular Arab revolts in recent years, young Qataris are pushing the envelope,...Show More Summary

The Battle for Mosul Diverts the World's Attention Away from Aleppo

Defeating ISIS in Mosul will be in the interest of Sunni Arabs in general as much asit will be in the interests of Iran and Shia Arabs in Iraq. The primary victims of this terrorist group have been the Sunni peoples and governments. Eliminating ISIS has become an international imperative agreed upon by the East and the West. Show More Summary

Without Plan B, Mosul Will Be A Disaster

A shakier foundation cannot ensure the long-term durability of a two-storey walkup. Expecting it to support a towering skyscraper would be akin to living in a state of extreme delusion.The battle for Mosul -- touted as one of the final death blows to ISIL -- has begun on a shaky foundation. Show More Summary

A Belated Victory For Egypt's 'Golden General'

The fates of Hosni Mubarak and General El-Shazly collided in Tahrir, with one honoured in death and the other disgraced. Veteran Egyptian war correspondent Yehia Ghanem recalls the day in February 2011 when it seemed as if the Egyptian people had finally broken free from the cage of dictatorship. Show More Summary

Through Their Voices 7.10: The Chronicler's Voice

Moaddamiyeh has been an early hotspot for anti-Assad demonstrations and the following government oppression. The town has endured the siege of the Assad regime since the end of 2012, and it is one of the towns hit by chemical weapons in August 2013. Show More Summary

Confronting North Korea: Friendly Proliferation May Be Safer for America than Holding a Nuclear Umbrella

Looking to its legacy, the Obama administration may declare no first use of nuclear weapons. Some Asia specialists concerned about North Korea argue against making such a pledge. That's another reason it might be better for Washington to encourage its ally South Korea to go nuclear. Washington has possessed nuclear weapons for more than 70 years. Show More Summary

Public Perceptions on Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is out with a new report on constitutional reform in Sri Lanka. The paper is based on field research that was conducted in August and September of this year. It includes data from all of the country's twenty-five districts. Show More Summary

Countdown to Congo's Election: A Tale Of Youth Power And A Regime Decline

On September 19, 2016, widespread protests took place across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Congolese population sent a clear message to President Joseph Kabila that he had only 90 days left to vacate the presidency because...Show More Summary

Why The United States Should Strengthen Its Relationship With Armenia

Since the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea, Western policymakers have worked earnestly to prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from instigating new military campaigns in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet region. Even though Western...Show More Summary

Pop-Up Urbanism At The United Nations

The three UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board Members during the impromptu event. Nearly 30 minutes into the scheduled side event on climate change in cities at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III),...Show More Summary

The Battle For Mosul Is Too Little, Too Late In The Fight Against The Islamic State

Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul. Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Jean-Paul Sartre famously wrote that if a victory is told in detail, it becomes hard to distinguish it from a defeat. Show More Summary

This Artist Literally Lights His Art on Fire, and the Result Is Pure Magic

When I see “explosive” or “singes the screen” in a movie review, I assume that the writer is either being lazy or attempting to be quoted in a trailer. But both descriptions are actually apt for the new Netflix documentary, “Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang,” directed by Kevin Macdonald. Show More Summary

It's Rigged: Takes One To Know One

The system is rigged. Let’s be clear: the American political system favors the two major parties and our economic system favors the wealthy. The global system is similarly rigged in favor of powerful countries (such as the United States) and powerful economic actors (such as transnational corporations). This is not, however, a conspiracy. Show More Summary

We must stop the catastrophe and offer hope to Syria's girls

Syria is in the grip of the greatest humanitarian disaster of our time. It is relentless, atrocious and responsible for mass casualties both inside and outside of its borders. Inside the country 13.5 people million are in need of assistance. Show More Summary

Returning to Sanity?

Who would have thought that returning to Greece meant returning to sanity? But then again, who could have imagined two people more despised by the voting public running for the highest office in the US. According to the Huffington Post, the likely winner, Hillary Clinton is disliked by 53% of Americans. Show More Summary

Russia Media Engage in Disinformation Outside the Country, But Can't Fool Their Own People

Image: The Kremlin. Everybody knows that Russia has mounted a wide-ranging disinformation campaign against the West, using propaganda vehicles such as the RT television network, the Sputnik news agency and cyber-trolls who...Show More Summary

Five Facts You Should Know About the US-South Korea Alliance But Don't

Since the Korean War ended six decades ago, the United States and South Korea have built an enduring alliance founded on mutual interests and shared principles. As the Republic of Korea grew into an economic powerhouse in Asia and a mature democracy, the two countries became true partners. Show More Summary

Syrian 'Problem From Hell' Unlikely To Get Better Soon

Diplomats sometimes refer to an especially dangerous and intractable situation as "a problem from hell." Syria, where a civil war has frustrated all attempts at resolution, qualifies in all respects. No one can be satisfied with the situation in Syria today. Show More Summary

Next U.S. President Has A Ukrainian Problem

Of the many foreign policy pots and pans left neglected on the next President's stove, the one marked "Ukraine" may be ready to boil over. It is a goulash of bribery, theft, official corruption and even murder - and nothing is as itShow More Summary

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