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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.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 30, 2018

Imran's innings
Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerges as the single largest party in the National Assembly election, a mandate that is suspected to have been managed by the military establishment.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 18, 2018

Election amid hurdles
Mohamed Nasheed, frustrated by the government's attempts to target him, withdraws from the presidential race in favour of a common opposition candidate against President Abdulla Yameen.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 18, 2018

America's reporter
For Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, journalism was simply about doing the right thing.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 17, 2018

Mexican quake
The victory of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the leftist coalition led by MORENA, his new party, in the July 1 elections could possibly bring a breath of fresh air to Mexico and the region.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 17, 2018

A spring far away
Events that followed Hosni Mubarak's ouster prove that Egypt was pregnant with a revolution that was abortable. Now the military's hold over the country is real.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 17, 2018

In the lion's den
By returning to Pakistan, where he was arrested as soon as his plane landed in Lahore, Nawaz Sharif is expected to make a crucial difference to the fortunes of his party in the July 25 parliamentary election.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 04, 2018

Resetting relations
Interview with Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Nepal's Foreign Minister.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 04, 2018

American inequality
The Donald Trump administration's response to a factual report on extreme inequality and poverty in the U.S. was to attack it and to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council, which appointed the Special Rapporteur who wrote the report.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 04, 2018

The last straw
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen, caused by the war started by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in 2015, has been aggravated by the latest military assault on Hudaydah, a port city through which much of the relief supplies for the country's beleaguered population are routed.

FRONTLINE/World
Jul 04, 2018

Erdogan again
Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins a tough election to become the President of Turkey again, this time with executive powers, though for the first time in almost a decade the ruling party will face a strong opposition in the parliament.

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 20, 2018

Shooting an angel
An unarmed paramedic was among those targeted and killed by Israeli security forces in the latest flare-up in the Gaza Strip where Israeli violence has claimed the lives of 120 Palestinians since March this year.

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 19, 2018

Writing a new history
If the Singapore summit witnessed a historic agreement on the "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula, it also showed that Pyongyang will not easily negotiate its strategic autonomy away. By John Cherian

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 19, 2018

End of an era
The ruling Awami League-led alliance is confident of securing another term in power and political pundits foresee the end of Khaleda Zia's political career.

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 19, 2018

The war within
The economic nationalism of Trump, as evidenced by the tariff he imposed on Canada and Europe, goes against the world view of the G7 and questions the utility of the organisation as a globalising trade force.

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 19, 2018

March of folly
Qatar remains resilient a year after it was blockaded, but the UAE and Saudi Arabia do not want to recognise the failure of their project of isolation and intimidation.

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 05, 2018

Immigrants as outlaws
Immigrant labour is central to the U.S. economy, but the law has always criminalised them. Now, Trump has made it stricter. By VIJAY PRASHAD

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 05, 2018

Bloody tailspin
A wave of suicide attacks and threats from the Taliban ensure that people stay away from the voter registration process for elections scheduled in September even as the Donald Trump administration targets the Taliban with more lethal firearms. By JOHN CHERIAN

FRONTLINE/World
Jun 05, 2018

Maduro returns
Nicolas Maduro comes to power for a second time in Venezuela in an election boycotted by most right-wing parties at the instance of the United States. He will have his hands full to end the long-running economic crisis in the country. By JOHN CHERIAN

FRONTLINE/World
May 22, 2018

Strong-arm tactics
In the run-up to the presidential election, anyone who has dared to oppose President Abdulla Yameen has been imprisoned—the latest being two Supreme Court judges—and harassment of opposition candidates continues unabated. By R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN

FRONTLINE/World
May 22, 2018

Mahathir moment
Mahathir Mohamad makes a historic comeback as Prime Minister after the coalition led by him records a spectacular win against all odds in the general election in Malaysia. By John Cherian

FRONTLINE/World
May 22, 2018

Resisting U.S. pressure
As the United States continues to mount pressure on Venezuela with sanctions and efforts to undermine its upcoming presidential election, President Maduro calls for a national peace dialogue to circumvent further economic warfare and prevent an armed coup. By VIJAY PRASHAD

FRONTLINE/World
May 22, 2018

Dumping the deal
Against the advice and wishes of most people and countries, President Donald Trump pulls the U.S. out of the painstakingly negotiated Iran nuclear deal. By John Cherian

FRONTLINE/World
May 09, 2018

Korean detente
With the historic meeting between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea on April 27, the two countries have come closer than ever before to signing a peace treaty and ending seven decades of unremitting hostility. By JOHN CHERIAN

FRONTLINE/World
May 08, 2018

Standing by Lula
The Landless Workers' Movement, which puts ending hunger as its first priority, is in the front line of the struggle to enable jailed former President Lula da Silva to run in the October presidential election. By VIJAY PRASHAD

FRONTLINE/World
May 08, 2018

A fresh start?
Against a backdrop of accumulated grievances, highlighted by the Doklam standoff, the informal summit at Wuhan comes as an unprecedented trust-rebuilding exercise at the highest level. By ATUL ANEJA in Wuhan

FRONTLINE/World
May 08, 2018

Generational shift
Miguel Diaz-Canel, the first Cuban President to be born after the Cuban revolution, takes over the reins of power from Raul Castro, marking the end of an era. By JOHN CHERIAN

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 25, 2018

Refugees in limbo
Repatriation of the over one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is yet to begin despite the country having an agreement with Myanmar. By HAROON HABIB

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 25, 2018

Trump and a scam
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election of 2016 could lead to the exposure of a massive money-laundering fraud involving collusion between governments and corporations. By VIJAY PRASHAD

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 25, 2018

Lula in prison
The sentencing of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, considered Brazil's most popular leader, marks the end of a virtual coup by the right-wing elite and the concurrent rise of the military. By JOHN CHERIAN

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 24, 2018

Massacre at Gaza
Israeli security forces shoot at unarmed, peaceful Palestinian protesters on the Gaza-Israel border, killing nearly 40 of them. Israel's leaders try to legitimise the killings by calling the victims "terrorists". By JOHN CHERIAN

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 24, 2018

Missiles of aggression
Without waiting for independent confirmation that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the town of Douma, the U.S. with its two staunch NATO allies carries out air strikes against Syria. By JOHN CHERIAN

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 11, 2018

New equations
A European power joins the efforts of countries such as the United States and Japan to convert India into a regional military counterweight to China. By JOHN CHERIAN

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 10, 2018

Wounds of the world
Excerpts from the Nadim Makdisi Memorial Lecture at the American University of Beirut on March 14, 2018. By VIJAY PRASHAD

FRONTLINE/World
Apr 10, 2018

Toxic legacy
The U.S. invasion of Iraq, which started 15 years ago in March 2003, has resulted in untold damage, death and displacement and triggered a global refugee crisis, but Washington seems determined not to learn its lesson. By JOHN CHERIAN

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