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In 2014, Lamya Haji Bashar was a 15-year-old woman in Kocho, a sleepy Yazidi farming village in northern Iraq. On Sunday, August 3, 2014, her life changed forever when ISIS swept through the region.

ISIS fighters killed her neighbors and friends, entire families, women and children. Thousands of Yazidis fell victim to mass executions and disappeared into mass graves. And thousands of Yazidi women and girls were sold into slavery. The UN would later recognize ISIS as the perpetrator of a genocide against the Yazidi community.

Bashar herself was sold as a modern-day slave to ISIS. She escaped and is now sharing the brutal truth of violence against women.…  Seguir leyendo »

In Israeli politics, the old saw goes you can be dead—or dead and buried. Thursday’s statement by the Israeli attorney general that Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu will be indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust is likely going to put Netanyahu’s political career in the latter box. It’s almost certainly the beginning of the end of his political career.

However Bibi’s story plays out — and it will take time — you can take this to the bank: Netanyahu will make this fight (and likely) exit as painful, prolonged and destructive as possible.

Here are some key takeaways:

Netanyahu will go down fighting

If anyone thought that Netanyahu would use his speech to the nation following news of the indictments to put country over party and go quietly into the night, they don’t know Netanyahu.…  Seguir leyendo »

En Bolivia hay un pulso entre el gobierno interino presidido por Jeanine Áñez y el expresidente Evo Morales.

Morales pretende regresar al poder mediante una triquiñuela sin mucho sentido.

La norma constitucional dice que los parlamentarios deben aprobar la renuncia del presidente.

Como este trámite no se ha hecho y Morales tenía la mayoría en ambas cámaras, compuestas por 130 diputados y 36 senadores, supuestamente el expresidente ha cursado la orden de que no acepten su renuncia.

Sin embargo, Áñez, la presidente interina, ha acusado a Morales y a otros funcionarios ante los tribunales bolivianos por graves violaciones de la ley electoral y otros delitos.…  Seguir leyendo »

According to a congressional aide and an administration official, the Trump administration has requested an approximate 400% increase in the amount South Korea contributes to the maintenance of United States forces in Korea — the «Special Measures Agreement,» CNN reported on Thursday. (Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has refused to confirm this figure, simply saying, «we have asked for a significant increase in the cost-sharing for our deployed troops.») After last year’s talks ended with a one-year agreement, rather than the longer agreements successfully negotiated nine times starting in 1991, it was expected that the talks would be difficult — but this increase is not the start of a serious negotiation.…  Seguir leyendo »

In 2006, Prince Andrew invited Jeffrey Epstein to the 18th birthday party of his daughter Beatrice. Andrew didn’t know, he claims, that an arrest warrant had been issued for Epstein earlier that year for sexual assault of a minor — because Epstein had never mentioned it to him. (Even though the British royal family have numerous staff who vet guests.)

It hadn’t been reported in the British press. How was a Prince to know?

That is just one of the excuses Prince Andrew offered the British people on Saturday night. In an extraordinary BBC TV interview recorded on Thursday, the Queen of England’s second-born son attempted to defend his relationship with the convicted sex abuser.…  Seguir leyendo »

Shelina Begum and husband Mohammed Raqeeb stand at the Royal Courts of Justice in London in September.

The tussle between parents of a terminally ill child and a hospital that wants to withdraw life support is a heartbreakingly familiar one.

Tafida Raqeeb, a 5-year old girl whose blood vessels ruptured in her brain in February, is the latest in a line of well-known cases like Charlie Gard, Alfie Evans and Isaiah Haastrup. Unlike in these cases, Tafida’s parents won a rare victory in early October: They were allowed to transfer her to a hospital in Italy that has agreed to keep her on life support because Tafida does not meet their criteria for switching it off (which is being diagnosed as brain dead, and Tafida has not been).…  Seguir leyendo »

El resultado electoral de España en las elecciones recientes es el siguiente: el Partido Socialista (PSOE) pierde poder, el Partido Popular (PP) se consolida como segunda fuerza y VOX, la extrema derecha, se afianza como la tercera opción. La extrema izquierda se mantiene en el fondo y la agrupación de Ciudadanos se desinfla.

Estas elecciones se dieron porque el señor Pedro Sánchez no lograba pactar con la extrema izquierda, manifestando en plena campaña que: “Ni antes, ni después, el PSOE pactará con el populismo. Este país no se sentiría tranquilo con Podemos en el gobierno. España no se merece a Podemos controlando el CNI, con el apoyo directo o indirecto del independentismo.…  Seguir leyendo »

Hay o hubo recientemente manifestaciones populares en Hong Kong, México, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, París, Cataluña y otras naciones, regiones o ciudades.

Es imposible obtener un mínimo común denominador que explique qué sucede en el planeta.

En algunos lugares las manifestaciones son a favor de la libertad y en otros, como en Chile o en México, son, opino, contra las instituciones democráticas y contra la propiedad, ya sea pública o privada.

Supongo que hay que creerles a Maduro y a Diosdado cuando dijeron que se estarían cumpliendo los planes del Foro de Sao Paulo.

Pero eso, de ser cierto, no sería el único factor desencadenante de la crisis que se vive en la región.…  Seguir leyendo »

Todos los días escribimos y escuchamos miles de historias personales sobre sueños y logros de metas. Algunas historias son felices, otras no tanto. Muchos de estos relatos terminan con finales felices. Otros, desgraciadamente, culminan en tragedias.

Las naciones —al fin y al cabo— son un conjunto de personas que pueden llegar a abrazar un anhelo común o un sueño de nación que, de cumplirse, podría reivindicar años de opresión, olvido, descuido social, discriminación e invisibilidad milenaria de grupos vulnerables como los indígenas, por mencionar uno.

Esto pasó en Bolivia. Los indígenas bolivianos, que representan el 41% de la población, por muchos años han vivido una especie de ciudadanía de segunda categoría.…  Seguir leyendo »

Todavía nos falta saber mucho sobre lo que sucedió en Bolivia. Pero una cosa es clara: Evo Morales, quien renunció a la presidencia el domingo pasado bajo una gran presión —algunos dicen que fue un golpe, otros que la restauración de la democracia— hubiera podido dejar su cargo de mandatario después de casi 14 años en el poder como un personaje aún reverenciado por la mayoría de los bolivianos. Pero se rehusó a aceptar los límites democráticos de su poder.

Morales trató de mantenerse en el mando contra de la voluntad de su pueblo. Ahora su legado está en ascuas, como también el futuro de Bolivia.…  Seguir leyendo »

El reciente viaje a México del presidente electo de la Argentina, Alberto Fernández, después del contundente triunfo en primera vuelta sobre Mauricio Macri, es muy relevante para América Latina y el Caribe. En la tradición argentina quien asumía la presidencia realizaba su primer viaje al exterior a Brasil. En este caso, apenas seis días después de las elecciones Fernández decidió visitar a Andrés Manuel López Obrador. El presidente de México lo recibió con los brazos abiertos dejando bien claro que hoy existe una afinidad política progresista como nunca antes tuvieron estos dos países, lo que permite avizorar un nuevo eje regional de norte a sur.…  Seguir leyendo »

Las recientes elecciones en Bolivia y las denuncias de fraude por parte de la oposición, que perdió el 20 de octubre por poco más de diez puntos de diferencia y le permitió a Evo Morales lograr su cuarto mandato consecutivo, muestran que ningún proceso electoral es perfecto como se lee en los manuales.

Cada país tiene su sistema electoral con enormes diferencias sin que se pueda aseverar que uno es mejor que el otro. En algunos se accede a la presidencia por un voto, en otros como Estados Unidos hay un colegio electoral que es más importante que el llamado “voto popular”; a veces hay segunda vuelta y en los sistemas parlamentarios todo es aún más complejo.…  Seguir leyendo »

In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with thousands of students in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. Khamenei said his country has outmaneuvered the United States in the four decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran’s rulers should be watching the chaos breaking out in Iraq carefully because they could be next. Unlike previous outbreaks of violence in Iraq, the current troubles are unrelated to Sunni-Shia problems. The riots include youths and working-class people of all religious confessions. The root cause of the discontent is poor governance by the Shiite ruling elites and the ayatollahs who abate and fund them.

When the United States and its coalition allies toppled the primarily Sunni regime of Saddam Hussein in 2003, it was assumed that the majority Shiite population would opt for a democratic form of government, and that is what most Iraqis probably did desire no matter what their religious persuasion might be.…  Seguir leyendo »

Leo los titulares de matutinos chilenos con la noticia de que a excancilleres les preocupa la imagen país después de la cancelación del Apec, donde se anticipaba acabar la guerra comercial entre EEUU y China, y la Cop25, con Chile liderando la lucha ambiental.

A esta élite política parece preocuparle un espejismo fabricado solo para el exterior y lejos de la realidad. Este no es un oasis en Latinoamérica, solo hablamos de un excelente slogan publicitario que se está cayendo a pedazos frente a nuestros ojos desde hace 14 días: desde que comenzó el feroz estallido social de un país OCDE, en vías de desarrollo y con cifras envidiables para cualquier vecino de la región: casi 25 mil dólares per cápita, crecimiento constante en las últimas décadas y una postal que ha sido imán para inmigrantes con tal alcanzar el sueño chileno.…  Seguir leyendo »

US military vehicles after withdrawing from a key base in northern Syria.

They are good at dismay, the Europeans. Their cheek-clutching horror at US President Donald Trump’s abandonment of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was worthy of Munch’s «The Scream.»

But to have reacted with surprise at this much-telegraphed decision reveals a staggering level of naivety. Worse still, their failure to anticipate the behavior of America’s mercurial President reveals both cowardice and stupidity — not among the tiny number of special forces from the United Kingdom, France, Denmark and elsewhere, who were sent to help with the defeat of ISIS, of course. But certainly among the leaders of wealthy western nations that have the greatest strategic interest in what happens in the Middle East.…  Seguir leyendo »

Protesters demanding freedom for Prof. Dilmurat Ghpur and Prof. Tashpolat Tiyh in Munich, Germany, on February 2.

Sometime after he disappeared in 2017, Tashpolat Tiyip, a Uyghur leader, Communist Party member and the president of Xinjiang University, was reportedly sentenced to death in a secret trial

Apart from a leaked government film that accused him of ethnic «separatism,» the Chinese state has provided no explanation for the geography professor’s detention. Like hundreds of other Uyghur intellectuals, the government has made him disappear.

Tiyip was given a two-year suspended death sentence in September 2017. And as that deadline nears, Amnesty International has issued a statement warning that his execution may be imminent. More than 1,000 scholars from around the world have signed a petition from the American Association of Geographers asking the government of Chinese President Xi Jinping to stay Tiyip’s execution and release him.…  Seguir leyendo »

A Thai soldier guards bags of methamphetamine pills in this file photograph.

The Sam Gor syndicate and its leader, Tse Chi Lop, stand accused of running what is arguably the biggest drug-trafficking operation in Asia’s history.

They have lived largely in the shadows, with Tse allegedly running his multibillion dollar operation from Hong Kong, Macao and southeast Asia until his identity was revealed last week in an investigative piece published by Reuters.

It has been hard to watch and wait while the case against Tse has developed, knowing that he is believed to be the driving force behind the recent Asia Pacific synthetic drug surge that has ruined countless lives.

But he has been named, and the region and the world have taken note.…  Seguir leyendo »

By any stretch of the imagination, Justin Trudeau, the steward of the family brand, had a humiliating election night.

Not only was Trudeau’s Liberal Party forced by voters to accept a demotion to a minority government — grabbing just 157 of 338 seats in the House of Commons — but about two-thirds of the country voted against him. His party’s share of the popular vote clocked in at just 33.1 % — less than the 34.4% earned by the rival the Conservative Party of Canada and its leader Andrew Scheer. (Despite receiving a greater percentage of the vote, the Conservative Party picked up 36 fewer seats than the Liberals.)

In order to have won a second majority, the Liberals would have had to hit or exceed the magic number of 170 seats.…  Seguir leyendo »

Dear Kurdish soldiers,

You don’t know me, but I have known of you for most of my adult life. When my military husband and I quickly married, knowing he was deploying to the Middle East to be part of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, I feared what he and his Special Operations unit would face when they arrived.
How bad would the fighting be? How long would they be gone? Would he survive?

Months later, he returned and recounted to me what he could about his experience. I asked how he had made it through. He replied, «We had help. We had the Kurds.»

He told me stories of how the Kurdish people in Northern Iraq supported the troops, advised them, stood by them, fought shoulder to shoulder with them in combat, and became allies and friends.…  Seguir leyendo »

With a single stroke, President Donald Trump has effectively brought a newly resurgent and potent triad—Syria, Russia and Iran—to the very doorstep of their declared enemy, Israel, and given aid and comfort to Israel’s longtime and persistent foe, Hezbollah, in Lebanon.

The ceasefire and agreement with Turkey that Trump vaunted Thursday as «a great day for civilization,» had already been demonstrated to be a potentially epic challenge to one corner of the world—Israel. It was a reality only highlighted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo breaking off from Vice President Pence’s group in Ankara and taking a plane directly to Jerusalem to reassure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Friday morning.…  Seguir leyendo »