Posts tagged as crisis

Venezuela sees more protests as moves against opposition leader Juan Guaido deepen crisis

By Stefano Pozzebon on Friday, February 1, 2019

New protests broke out Wednesday in Venezuela in the wake of a move by the nation’s highest court to freeze bank accounts and impose a travel ban on self-declared interim president Juan Guaido. Supporters of opposition leader Guaido — who is challenging incumbent Nicolás Maduro — took to the streets a day after the court’s chief justice announced the restrictions on Twitter. “They thought to cause fear, they thought the…

Pope Francis criticizes US bishops over a sexual abuse crisis

Friday, January 4, 2019

Pope Francis accused US bishops on Thursday of failing to show unity in the face of a sexual abuse crisis, saying internal bickering had to end over a scandal that has shredded the Church’s credibility. In a long and highly unusual letter sent to US bishops as they embarked on a week-long retreat, Francis said the handling of the scandal showed the urgent need for a new approach to management…

Crisis, what crisis? Jüri Ratas on for the long haul

Thursday, November 29, 2018

If the recent governmental crisis has revealed anything, it is this: The government is not in crisis at all, but rather actually somewhat in control of the situation. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) emerged no worse for the episode, maintaining a detachment that wrong-footed more than a few people who interpreted it as indecisiveness or even the dreaded “weakness,” whatever that means. The jostling for position was more about the…

Former al-Qaeda foot soldiers have been allowed into Yemen forces, admits UAE military

By Bel Trew on Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Emirati military has said it has absorbed into its local forces in Yemen former low-ranking al-Qaeda fighters left behind in the battlefield, as part of a counter-insurgency strategy, after facing backlash over its three-year battle against the terror group in the impoverished Gulf state. The United Arab Emirates has trained 30,000 Yemeni troops to fight what the US has called al-Qaeda’s most lethal franchise, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), since intervening in Yemen in early 2015. At its…

Leader of German Left Slams US ‘Aggressive Ways’, Urges Closer Ties With Russia

Monday, August 13, 2018

Relations between Moscow and Brussels have deteriorated significantly since the coup in Ukraine led to Crimea’s reunification with Russia in 2014. After the US, EU and several countries sanctioned Russia over its alleged interference in Ukraine’s domestic affairs, Russia launched counter-sanctions. In an interview with the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, the leader of Germany’s Left Party Sahra Wagenknecht specifically focused on what she described as the Trump administration’s “aggressive ways to…

Dear NATO, It’s Time to Hit Pause on Your Summits

By John R. Deni on Monday, July 30, 2018

This may be the only way to maintain deterrence versus Russia. he apparent damage done to transatlantic solidarity during the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit—in conjunction with the meager results of that summit—raises serious questions about whether and why there needs to be another such meeting for the foreseeable future. Given the significant costs and the paltry benefits, the alliance ought to forego summit meetings while President Trump…

Low trust in judiciary may result in situations like Brexit – OECD secretary-general

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Low public trust in the judiciary may result in situations like Brexit because people that do not believe in justice also tend to be politically passive, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said during a news conference in Riga. He said there were several ways to boost people’s trust in the judiciary, including by improving access to justice and the quality of justice. Specialization of judges is one of the ways to…