Turkey okays NATO membership for Finland and Sweden

Turkey okays NATO membership for Finland and Sweden

 The path to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden has been cleared as Turkey gives its nod.  What has changed?  Istanbul had previously opposed the two countries, accusing them of aiding Turkish rebels. But a joint security agreement that addressed Turkey’s concerns was reached by the foreign ministers of the three nations. And according to…

G-7 members wary of Chinese influence

G-7 members wary of Chinese influence

The Group of Seven leading democratic economies (G-7), at its annual meeting at the weekend, launched a global infrastructure and investment partnership intended to counter China’s influence in developing countries.  What’s their plan?  The G-7 initiative is a response to China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative, which Western officials have long claimed traps receiving nations in…

Tunisia’s Labour Union rejects call for reforms 
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Tunisia’s Labour Union rejects call for reforms 

The Tunisian General Union of Labour (UGTT) has rejected the demand by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for reforms in the country.  What reform?  In response to Tunisia’s request for a loan, the IMF on Wednesday indicated its readiness to start negotiations on the establishment of an aid program but noted that certain conditions must…

Iraq’s political crisis lingers 
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Iraq’s political crisis lingers 

 Iraq’s parliament has sworn in scores of new legislators following the mass resignation of 73 previous members.  Why did the 73 resign?  In response to a protracted political deadlock over the formation of the country’s next government, the 73 unanimously resigned earlier this month. Following the elections on October 10, which handed influential Shia leader…

Israel to hold 5th election in 3 years

Israel to hold 5th election in 3 years

Israel’s coalition government has announced that it would dissolve parliament and hold new elections, the fifth time in three years. What’s happening there?Prime Minister Naftali Bennett assumed office a year ago with the goal of stopping the country’s never-ending electoral cycle. However, his fragile coalition government, which includes parties from all sides of the political…

El Salvador’s biting bitcoin

El Salvador’s biting bitcoin

El Salvador’s president has asked the country’s citizens to exercise patience in the face of the cryptocurrency market’s unending slide. What’s patience got to do with the slide?After the price of Bitcoin fell below $20,000 — less than half the price the government paid while acquiring the cryptocurrency, President Nayib Bukele, via his Twitter handle,…

WTO holds highest-level meeting in more than 4 years

WTO holds highest-level meeting in more than 4 years

The World Trade Organization opened its highest-level meeting in four and half years on Sunday, with DG Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala predicting a “bumpy and rocky” road ahead. What’s with the prediction?The Director-General expressed hope that the meeting will result in progress toward reducing inequality and ensuring fair and free trade, especially at a time when some…

South Africa: Opposition Asks President Ramaphosa To Step Down
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South Africa: Opposition Asks President Ramaphosa To Step Down

South Africa’s opposition leader, Julius Malema, has asked that the country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa step down immediately over allegations of corruption What allegations?President Ramaphosa has been accused of money laundering following reports of money stolen from his Phala Phala farm. The outspoken opposition leader, Malema, while addressing journalists on Tuesday, said Ramaphosa has failed to…

How Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, Lost Vote of No Confidence

How Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, Lost Vote of No Confidence

The Story Embattled Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan has been removed after losing a parliamentary vote of no confidence. How did he lose? Khan’s exit from office had become a matter of time after he was abandoned by coalition allies, alienated from the military leadership, and faced with an exodus of parliamentarians from the…

North Korea Threatens South with Nuclear Strike

North Korea Threatens South with Nuclear Strike

Tensions in the Korean peninsula have sharply escalated recently after North Korea tested two ballistic missiles involving a new ICBM system the country is developing, triggering a response from neighboring South Korea. How did South Korea respond? On April 1, South Korean defense minister Suh Wook said his country’s military has a variety of missiles…