LIBYA’s biggest struggle
now is against Qadafi’s 40 year-old legacy, which we
RUSSIA and the aftermath
of its highly criticised election can be compared with the
US in the first GW Bush presidency, and the corrupt,
‘swinging tads’ election of 2000, in the decisive state of
We see PM Maliki in IRAQ
achieving all his goals and ‘running rings’ around his
SAUDI ARABIA are punching
their weight in the middle east, alarmed as they are by
the potential threat of IRAN.
TURKEY has no shortage of
problems as it steps more and more into the limelight.
Their vaunted democracy, which we have celebrated in the
past, is coming under increased scrutiny.
IRAN’s government must
feel they are carrying an unreasonable amount of the
worlds problems, but those problems are all soluble if the
government did not proceed as though it has a divine
PAKISTAN: the hitherto
dreary ‘going-nowhere’ confrontation between the army and
government, has become enlivened since the supreme court
has also become an active player.
MOROCCO, whose relatively
enlightened ruler avoided much of the trouble amongst the
MENA nations of the Arab Awakening, has now got a new and
serious problem with a shocking example of the nation’s
highly deficient laws on women’s rights.
EGYPT sees a lot of
worrying amongst liberal politicians and supporters, as to
what extent the new constitution will incorporate Islamic
law. Next door Tunisia has said that it will not base its
new constitution on sharia law.
AFGHANISTAN: It is hard to
see if there is anyone left anywhere, on any side, who
wants to continue addressing the continuing NATO mission;
its undertaking to continue to fight the Taleban, and
train the Afghan police and army in country. Time to be
repercussions of the failed Islamist army coup earlier
this year, are still dominating politics.
INDIA’s crucial state
elections and the ever present topic of rooting out
corruption, lead this month’s report.
relationship between TAIWAN and mainland China is back in
VIETNAM’s Communist Party
General Secretary says the party must reform or die!
We look at how the
PHILIPPINES, which now has the political will, is cleaning
up its corrupt public life.
UKRAINE is continuing to
despatch leading members of the opposition to gaol.
President Yanukovich is promising to cut costs, raise the
minimum wage - anything to regain some popularity. Sadly,
Ukraine looks as though it may now be lost to the
From the Balkans we offer
new reports from:
BOSNIA, ALBANIA; ROMANIA and BULGARIA
In Central Asia this April
report covers UZBEKISTAN & neighbouring KAZAKSTAN.