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FRONTLINE/World
Sep 17, 2019

Iran's tactical successes against the U.S.
Iran's recent moves have shown that it stands firm against unilateral United States sanctions, even as it continues to exert pressure on the European Union to act against the Donald Trump administration.

FRONTLINE/World
Sep 16, 2019

Amazon ablaze
The Amazon, the world's carbon sink, is in deep trouble after settlers and farmers allegedly set fire to it in order to exploit the virgin forest, with the tacit support of the Brazilian government.

FRONTLINE/World
Aug 28, 2019

Tensions in the east
South Korea's demand for war reparations invokes a strong response from Japan, but the U.S. intervenes to ease the situation.

FRONTLINE/World
Aug 28, 2019

In defiance of an embargo
The U.S. imposes a total economic embargo on Venezuela, the latest in a series of efforts to dislodge the popular elected government there.

FRONTLINE/World
Aug 13, 2019

War on socialism
Trump's tirade against "socialists" in the U.S., such as Bernie Sanders and several new Congress members advocating public education and health care, is one way of keeping his support base intact.

FRONTLINE/World
Aug 13, 2019

Shades of Vietnam
The bloodletting in war-ravaged Afghanistan continues unabated even as the U.S. and the Taliban engage in peace negotiations. U.S. military experts believe that getting out of the country is likely to be a messy affair.

FRONTLINE/World
Aug 09, 2019

Pressure tactics in the Persian Gulf
Tension escalates in the Persian Gulf as Britain impounds an Iranian oil tanker. But Iran's strategy of "equal response" against any aggression from the U.S. and its allies makes the Trump administration settle for a "fair deal".

FRONTLINE/World
Aug 08, 2019

China's changed policy on Rohingya refugees
China, which is now the largest foreign investor for Bangladesh, seems to appreciate the problems that Rohingya refugees pose for the country and is expected to play a mediator's role between Bangladesh and Myanmar to find a quick and effective solution.

FRONTLINE/World
Aug 08, 2019

Kulbushan Jadhav: A ruling & an arrest
India has reasons to be pleased with the International Court of Justice's ruling on Kulbushan Jadhav and the arrest of Hafiz Saeed. Pakistan is also forced to make a lot of political and diplomatic overtures because of the difficult circumstances that it currently is in.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 25, 2019

The "happiness" project
Russia showcases methods and programmes associated with its own iteration of the "happiness project" pioneered by Bhutan, with specific focus on longevity, health care, education and an active lifestyle.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 24, 2019

Murder and mayhem in refugee camps
Horror stories are emerging from Libya, where refugees are being held in inhumane conditions in detention centres and rebel groups are battling each other in an unending war set off by NATO and fuelled by Europe.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 23, 2019

Sudan: A chance for peace
Sudan's opposition groups fighting for democracy have agreed to a power-sharing deal with the ruling military council, but civilian leaders warn that it is only a first step and their guard cannot be lowered.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 22, 2019

Hong Kong: Protests against "extradition Bill"
Massive street protests against an "extradition Bill" rock Hong Kong, forcing the government of China's Special Administrative Region to suspend its tabling in the Legislative Council.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 08, 2019

Drones of war
Yet another crisis looms over the Persian Gulf, with Iran shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone over its territorial waters and the U.S. trying to force the Iranians to the negotiating table.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 08, 2019

The killing of Morsi
The death of former President Mohamed Morsi while in the custody of the state is reflective of the state of affairs in the country. The government deals harshly with all who are critical of it and it has the media totally under its control.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 08, 2019

A new bonhomie
China and Russia make it clear that they are ready to use their growing economic and diplomatic strength to prevent the U.S. escalating the situation in the Persian Gulf.

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 18, 2019

Close encounters
U.S. and Russian warships record a near-collision in the North Pacific region near China's coast at a time when Russia-China relations reach an "unprecedented level" in terms of their economic ties, including arms deals, and joint military exercises.

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 18, 2019

Staying power
In key national elections, Presidents Joko Widodo and the ANC's Cyril Ramaphosa are re-elected in Indonesia and South Africa, and the coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha is confirmed as Prime Minister in Thailand.

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 18, 2019

Elusive spring
The interim military council in Sudan, which seized power in a coup overthrowing President Omar al-Bashir in April, cracks down on peaceful pro-democracy protesters in Khartoum who were demanding the promised civilian rule, leaving at least 100 dead.

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 08, 2019

Stirring the fire
War clouds are looming again on the horizon, with the Trump administration issuing threats and orchestrating "psychological warfare" against Iran.

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 07, 2019

Being inhuman
Denmark's right-wing government rejects the asylum pleas of an elderly Afghan woman with dementia and now seeks to deport her, even as Europe is gripped by a deeply racist attitude to immigration.

FRONTLINE/World
May 07, 2019

Beyond accountability
A report by Amnesty International details the horrific war crimes committed by the U.S. in Raqqa, Syria. Yet, as in similar incidents earlier, the U.S. can be expected to sabotage further investigations.

FRONTLINE/World
May 07, 2019

March of the Right
Benjamin Netanyahu's win for a fourth consecutive term in office could accelerate the process of turning Israel into a full-fledged Jewish state in which Palestinians may have no rights at all.

FRONTLINE/World
May 07, 2019

Choking Iran
India toes the U.S. line by agreeing to stop Iranian oil imports, but the move may impact its economy and hurt a long-time ally that has been devastated by floods.

FRONTLINE/World
May 07, 2019

Attack and aftermath
Two weeks after the deadly Easter Day bombings, there are more questions than answers in the island nation. But a determined civil society is rallying round to commence the process of healing.

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 23, 2019

Assault on media freedom
The Trump administration is looking to extradite Julian Assange on minor charges and then level more serious accusations attracting longer jail terms or even the death penalty.

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 23, 2019

Eviction drama
The drama around Julian Assange's arrest is not about bringing him to justice but about moving the narrative away from the war crimes and corruption exposed by WikiLeaks.

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 23, 2019

A new chapter
The landslide win of the Maldivian Democratic Party in the parliamentary election is unprecedented, yet it is no guarantee that there will not be trouble for the new government.

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 23, 2019

A Rajapaksa eyes the presidency
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother, may be preparing to contest the presidential election.

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 23, 2019

People's power
Anti-government protests in Sudan have led to the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir after more than 30 years in power, but the protest will not end until the military gives up its hold on power to a civilian government.

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 10, 2019

Joining forces
Russia and China both have stakes in Venezuela and are unwilling to let the U.S. drive an agenda that goes against their interests.

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 09, 2019

Brexit imbroglio
Despite holding many debates and votes on Brexit, the U.K. Parliament seems unable to find a way out of the deadlock and avoid a disastrous no-deal crash out of the European Union.

FRONTLINE/World
Mar 26, 2019

Arab Spring moment?
Algeria faces its moment of truth, with civil society and the opposition protesting against the government and the power behind it, Le Pouvoir.

FRONTLINE/World
Mar 26, 2019

Racist terror
The March 15 terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand was made possible by the country's lax gun control laws, but the pattern fits in with a wide global trend.

FRONTLINE/World
Mar 12, 2019

Refusing to yield
Political mobilisation defines the Venezuelan government's current strategy as it resolutely battles economic sanctions by the United States and its allies and the world waits for Washington's next move.

FRONTLINE/World
Mar 12, 2019

Crown of thorns
President Muhammadu Buhari beats anti-incumbency feelings to win a second term, but the state of the economy and the law and order situation in the country mean that he is facing a tumultuous four years.

FRONTLINE/World
Mar 12, 2019

Elusive deal
Talks between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un break down at the summit meeting in Hanoi, but there is hope that the two leaders will continue with productive dialogue.

FRONTLINE/World
Feb 27, 2019

Palace intrigue
The Thai King bars his sister from contesting the March elections quoting royal tradition, but he does not seem to be constrained by the fact that he is only a "constitutional monarch".

FRONTLINE/World
Feb 26, 2019

‘The coup is over'
Venezuelan leader Jorge Arreaza says that his government prefers negotiations and peace and wants the permanent coup efforts directed by the United States and its allies to end.

FRONTLINE/World
Feb 26, 2019

Celebrating a milestone
Forty years after the Islamic Revolution, the Republic of Iran has considerably expanded its diplomatic footprint and soft power.

FRONTLINE/World
Feb 13, 2019

Creeping coup
In an abortive bid to overthrow the elected government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, the U.S. recognises Juan Guaido as the "interim" President and orders that revenue from its sale of Venezuelan oil be diverted to the puppet regime.

FRONTLINE/World
Feb 12, 2019

Nuclear muscle flexing
The United States' seemingly reckless withdrawal from a 1987 missile treaty with Russia, its push for a Space Force and the expansion of its military budget are part of a policy to exert power against the world.

FRONTLINE/World
Feb 12, 2019

Perilous truce
The U.S. and the Taliban reach a tentative agreement that could finally end the war in Afghanistan, but the Afghan government of President Ashraf Ghani is clearly unhappy.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 29, 2019

‘Ceasefire' and beyond
The official-level trade negotiations that followed the truce on the U.S.-China tariff wars have not made headway, but the two sides are willing to stay engaged. However, vulnerabilities abound.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 29, 2019

Against all odds
Venezuela braves the challenges posed by a hostile opposition backed by the United States and right-wing governments in the region as Nicolas Maduro is sworn in for a second term.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 29, 2019

Fragile polity
An opposition candidate is elected President amid cries of electoral fraud which has serious implications for political stability.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 29, 2019

Historic defeat
Well before Brexit day, March 29 at 11 p.m., the toll the issue is taking on the United Kingdom has been sharp, enduring and devastating.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 16, 2019

Destroying government
In his two years in office, President Donald Trump has eroded public faith in several state institutions. What remains to be cut down to size is the judiciary.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 16, 2019

The pacifist Constitution
INTERESTINGLY, radically overhauling Japan's pacifist Constitution was a long-cherished dream of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's maternal grandfather, Nob

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 16, 2019

For military muscle
Japan increases its military spending steeply to keep pace with China's growing military might and avoid a trade war with the U.S.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 16, 2019

Free and fair?
Critics believe that the ruling alliance swept the December 30 elections in Bangladesh by using the government machinery to its advantage.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 16, 2019

Daunting challenges
Sheikh Hasina returns to power with a landslide victory in the parliamentary election in Bangladesh, but the challenges before her are manifold.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 16, 2019

On the rampage
President Jair Bolsonaro goes about trampling on the rights of indigenous communities, casting aside environmental laws and tinkering with the education system in order to "free" Brazil from the clutches of socialism.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 02, 2019

Polarising tactics
Within days of stepping down as Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resorted to divisive rhetoric in the meantime, is made the Leader of the Opposition.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 01, 2019

Tweet revenge
The series of resignations of senior officials from the White House gives President Donald Trump a handle to malign his opponents and glorify himself.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 01, 2019

U.S. troops, about-turn
In a bid to take the diplomatic option to end the Afghan war, the United States decides to recall half of its troops from Afghanistan.

FRONTLINE/World
Jan 01, 2019

OUT OF SYRIA
Damascus is spared regime change as President Donald Trump orders the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria in a significant concession to the U.S.' estranged NATO ally, Turkey, which demanded that Washington discontinue its backing of the Kurdish militia. By John Cherian

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 18, 2018

Anchor for the U.N.
The nomination of the Fox News anchor Heather Nauert as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations can only mean that there are powerful people behind the scenes who want to use her as a front and run U.S. foreign policy without any interference.

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 18, 2018

Battle of alliances
The 11th parliamentary election is crucial for both the Mohajote, led by Sheikh Hasina's Awami League, and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, led by Khaleda Zia, and its allies which had boycotted the previous election.

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 18, 2018

Passage to peace?
The Kartarpur corridor initiative of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan brings a glimmer of hope for bilateral ties, though it has not yet been followed by any concrete moves to restart the stalled dialogue process.

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 18, 2018

Big power tussle
Tensions escalate between the United States and China following the U.S.-orchestrated arrest of the Huawei top executive in Canada.

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 04, 2018

Shaky start
The new government headed by President Solih has the unenviable task of handling coalition partners and delivering development as promised, even as it manages relations with India and China.

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 04, 2018

‘We need to put aside past hurts'
Interview with Mohammed Waheed Hassan, former President of the Maldives.

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 04, 2018

‘We have the best team in an emerging democracy'
Interview with Ahmed Naseem, former Foreign Minister and currently Minister in the President's Office.

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 04, 2018

Yellow fury
Anger against the Emmanuel Macron government over its decision to increase taxes on fuel from January 1 erupts on the streets across France in the form of the Gilets Jaunes, or yellow vests, uprising, mainly of citizens, that the parties of the Right and the Left have lent support to.

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 04, 2018

Rocky road to Brexit
The E.U. may have finally approved the terms of both the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration on the U.K.'s future relationship with it, but it is a bittersweet victory for Prime Minister Theresa May and her colleagues. The U.K.'s future looks as uncertain as ever.

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 04, 2018

The Irish backstop
Undoubtedly the government's decision to hold a general election last year has been a key factor responsible for the current mess. The government's ga

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 04, 2018

Hawk in control
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, known for his warmongering, is eager to manufacture evidence to start wars against governments that he does not favour.

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 04, 2018

A ‘secret' exposed
Plans are apparently afoot to kick WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he had sought asylum six years ago, and extradite him to the U.S.

FRONTLINE/World
Dec 04, 2018

Humanitarian crisis
The Houthi rebels agree to peace talks with the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, but the continued siege of the Hudaydah port puts Yemen in imminent danger of a famine-like situation.

FRONTLINE/World
Nov 20, 2018

Democrats' dilemma
In the recent midterm election, the Senate remained Republican and the House went to the Democrats, but will the Democratic Party be able to lean on an honest politics that stands for something and not just against someone in the next presidential election?

FRONTLINE/World
Nov 20, 2018

Democracy in peril
As Mahinda Rajapaksa's brazen attempt to usurp power backfires, Sri Lanka is seeing a renewed discussion on democracy at various levels of polity and civil society.

FRONTLINE/World
Nov 20, 2018

Arm-twisting tactics
The unilateral sanctions imposed against Iran by the United States kick in, but major European Union countries are looking for alternative ways of trading with Iran.

FRONTLINE/World
Nov 20, 2018

Russian initiative
Even as the Taliban gains military and political momentum, serious efforts led by Russia are under way to get it to the negotiating table.

FRONTLINE/World
Nov 20, 2018

A new beginning
The Maldives gets a new President from the coalition of parties that defeated Abdulla Yameen in the September presidential election, but the real test for the grouping will be in the parliamentary election due early next year.

FRONTLINE/World
Nov 08, 2018

Constitutional coup
The island nation passes through a political crisis as President Maithripala Sirisena sacks Ranil Wickremesinghe and appoints his rival and two-time President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and suspends Parliament to give Rajapaksa time to muster a majority.

FRONTLINE/World
Nov 07, 2018

Riyadh's mea culpa
Saudi Arabia admits that Jamal Khashoggi was killed within the consulate's premises, but the Crown Prince denies any direct role in what was a "premeditated murder". Turkey is demanding the identity of the mastermind behind the killing.

FRONTLINE/World
Nov 07, 2018

March of migrants
Thousands of migrants from Central America march towards the U.S. seeking a new life in the "land of opportunity", even as the U.S. government continues to pursue its policy of rigid borders.

FRONTLINE/World
Nov 07, 2018

Change that fuels fears
Sri Lanka has entered a hugely uncertain phase of its post-civil war politics in which the disillusionment of young voters can result in their radical alienation from politicians, political institutions and democratic processes.

FRONTLINE/World
Nov 07, 2018

Brazil in the abyss
The extreme right-winger Jair Bolsonaro wins the presidential election in Brazil and has indicated his willingness to play up to the designs of the United States under Donald Trump in order to regain influence in the region.

FRONTLINE/World
Oct 24, 2018

Strengthening old ties
India signs a crucial defence purchase deal with Russia despite warnings from the U.S., reaffirming military and economic ties with its old strategic ally.

FRONTLINE/World
Oct 24, 2018

Closure of sorts
The judgment in the August 2004 grenade attack case, in which 19 accused were sentenced to death and 19 to life imprisonment, reveals the dark side of Bangladesh's politics and leaves many of the survivors unhappy.

FRONTLINE/World
Oct 24, 2018

Journalist silenced
The cold-blooded murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul turns the international spotlight on Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, but Saudi Arabia warns against any action against the kingdom.

FRONTLINE/World
Oct 10, 2018

The endgame?
The Syrian government claims that the conflict in the country is nearing an end as its troops prepare for an offensive against the last rebel stronghold, in Idlib province, and Israel, despite its aggressive posturing, seems to be lying low following the downing of a Russian military plane.

FRONTLINE/World
Oct 10, 2018

War of words
India abruptly cancels the proposed Foreign Ministers' meeting between India and Pakistan, raising the spectre of violence along the LoC and renewed insurgency in the Kashmir Valley.

FRONTLINE/World
Oct 10, 2018

The Iran obsession
Donald Trump uses the U.S.' presidency of the United Nations Security Council to launch a heavy-handed attack on Iran and the nuclear deal signed with that country in 2015.

FRONTLINE/World
Oct 10, 2018

Return of hope
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins a historic mandate in the presidential election, but managing a host of challenges will be key to a successful presidency.

FRONTLINE/World
Sep 26, 2018

Tango with Trump
The two-plus-two talks held in New Delhi after India agreed to sign the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement with the United States constitute a major diplomatic gain for the embattled Trump administration, but India stands to lose the goodwill it enjoys in the Asian region.

FRONTLINE/World
Sep 26, 2018

Venezuela next
Reports that U.S. officials and Venezuelan commanders had conversations about regime change in Venezuela point to the latest instance in a series of covert attempts at destabilising that country.

FRONTLINE/World
Sep 26, 2018

A born-dead accord
In the 25 years after the "historic" Oslo accord was signed under the aegis of the U.S., Israel systematically undermined its stated goal of a full-fledged Palestinian state. Now the Trump administration is making blatant attempts to dismantle the two-state solution.

FRONTLINE/World
Sep 26, 2018

Falling out
The anti-India sentiment in Nepal, which heightened after the Madhesi blockade in 2015, is leading the Himalayan country to take steps to wean itself off its dependence on India and get closer to China. But the Indian government seems unperturbed.

FRONTLINE/World
Sep 12, 2018

Tough test
Prime Minister Imran Khan's promise of a "naya Pakistan" will have to be put on hold in view of a paucity of funds coupled with the United States' threat to veto an emergency IMF bailout.

FRONTLINE/World
Sep 11, 2018

Trading blows
Even as bilateral tensions seem to be building up between Turkey and the U.S., many observers of the region are of the view that the standoff is "a storm in a teacup". By John Cherian

FRONTLINE/World
Aug 29, 2018

Mugabe's man wins
Emmerson Mnangagwa, once Robert Mugabe's right-hand man and a fixture in Zimbabwean politics since independence, retains the presidency and promises a new beginning for the country.

FRONTLINE/World
Aug 29, 2018

Reality of racism
The appearance of white-supremacist groups in the public sphere, emboldened by the success of Trump, combined with the casual racism in society has hardened race relationships in the U.S.

FRONTLINE/World
Aug 29, 2018

Diktat diplomacy
The United States is piling the pressure on India to whittle down its oil imports from Iran and retreat from the Chabahar port project.

FRONTLINE/World
Aug 29, 2018

Third World Marxist
Samir Amin (1931-2018) saw himself as one among those shaping a movement for emancipation and egalitarian development across the Third World.

FRONTLINE/World
Aug 01, 2018

Legalising racism
Israel's Nation-State Law draws widespread condemnation as it reduces Palestinians and other minorities to second-class citizens and gives the state a constitutional basis to claim Palestinian land.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 31, 2018

Trump and the Russian hand
While there are many conventional reasons why Hillary Clinton lost in 2016, including racist voter suppression and misogyny, investigation into the Russian interference is ongoing and much of the public record is circumstantial and inconclusive.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 31, 2018

Diplomatic assault
Donald Trump hectors NATO allies to increase military spending, rakes up Brexit in London, and gives a clean chit to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

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