- J Brooks Spector
The Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have now reached a state of near collapse, amidst mutual accusations of deal-breaking behaviour. Meanwhile, the US seems caught awkwardly in having backed out of the release from a US prison of a convicted spy for Israel, Jonathan Pollard. What’s going on here? J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a look.
The US presidential race is still two years in the future, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, hobbled by his own political scandal, is trying to resurrect his campaign - even before it launches formally. Meanwhile, various would-be candidates have already been flocking to explain (and promote) themselves to rich, would-be kingmakers. J. BROOKS SPECTOR tries to puzzle it all out.
How does one write about a political system that is changing daily? Turkish politics is like Salome. One after another the veils drop, and we still do not know what will be offered on a plate at the end. What follows is not a prediction but a look back at the past year, to see how Turkey’s political powers – apparent and hidden – got to where they stand today. By OLIVIA WALTON.
A new report, “An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka, May 2009-March 2014" lays bare the horrific tactics used in Sri Lanka's continuing war against ethnic Tamils. The report comes ahead of the 26 March UN Human Rights Council Debate on a US-led resolution calling for an international investigation into alleged war crimes as well as ongoing violations in the present. By MAUREEN ISAACSON.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane’s speech in Pretoria on Tuesday was billed as a kind of State of the Nation for South African foreign policy – a chance for the foreign minister to defend her decisions of the past five years and lay out her vision for the future. In the end, it was actually a missed opportunity, with the minister choosing to focus on process and procedure rather than concrete achievements (good or bad). And please, nobody mention Rwanda. By SIMON ALLISON.
Voters in Crimea participated in a quickly convened referendum on whether the inhabitants of that peninsula – now under effective Russian occupation – wish to continue their inclusion in Ukraine or face an unpredictable future in some form of association with Russia. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a look at political and economic uncertainties, most especially the costs to Russia, from what seems now to be a romantic attachment to a greater Russia.
Satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no information about where the stray jet was heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said on Thursday. By Anshuman Daga and Mark Hosenball.