Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

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Under Gaza’s Shadow, Syria Faces a New Welter of Conflict

The scale and ferocity of the conflict in Gaza and the unspeakable suffering of its civilians have rightly provoked the world’s outrage. But in Syria, a steep escalation of violence that has forced the flight of tens of thousands more people in what remains the world’s largest displacement crisis is taking place largely unnoticed outside the region.

Syria, too, desperately needs a halt to the violence. But instead, the more than 12-year-long war there grows more intense, now along five fronts in a kaleidoscope of conflict.

Syrian government and Russian forces are fighting armed opposition groups in the northwest; ISIS is stepping up its attacks across the country; Turkey is attacking Kurdish-led forces in the northeast; the Kurdish-led forces are fighting local tribes; and the United States and Israel are hitting back against forces linked to Iran.…  Seguir leyendo »

A demonstrator protesting the government of President Michel Temer in São Paulo, Brazil. Credit Nelson Almeida/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

A year after the farcical impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil has again plunged into a crisis. President Michel Temer’s already tenuous political support evaporated within hours after recordings of his conversation with Joesley Batista, an agribusiness mogul, surfaced. In a secretly recorded conversation in March, Mr. Batista told Mr. Temer the various ways he endeavored to obstruct justice. Some of Mr. Temer’s main allies in Congress, including Aecio Neves, the senator who narrowly lost the 2014 presidential election to Ms. Rousseff, were also recorded requesting bribes from Mr. Batista.

The current crisis did not come as a surprise. The notoriously corrupt practices of Mr.…  Seguir leyendo »

With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attending the ASEAN Regional Forum this week, it is an opportune moment to examine U.S. efforts to engage with Burma (also known as Myanmar). When President Obama was inaugurated, many in the international community were particularly enthusiastic about a return to U.S. multilateralism to address global problems. Nowhere was this more necessary than in the case of Burma, where a brutal military dictatorship has for decades both oppressed its people and failed to yield power, despite losing democratic elections in a landslide in 1990.

Many observers of the nascent administration, myself included, applauded Clinton's announcement in early 2009 of a full review of U.S.…  Seguir leyendo »