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British Labour Party Leader Loses No Confidence Vote

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In the latest example of the political backlash growing out of last week’s Brexit vote, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, lost a no-confidence vote among Labour’s Members of Parliament, but he says he will not leave office even as his position seems to become more and more precarious: LONDON — Britain’s […]

Turkey Apologizes To Russia For Downing Jet

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Turkey has issued a formal apology to Russia over the November 2015 downing of a Russian jet that had briefly strayed into Turkish airspace.

One Major Step Closer to Peace in Colombia

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The final major piece of the negotiations between the FARC and the Colombian government appears to be in place.

Why Didn’t The Brexit Vote Require A Supermajority For ‘Leave’ To Win?

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Given the consequences of a Brexit, one wonders why the referendum didn’t require more than just a simple majority to pass.

Brexit Vote Setting Off Infighting In Britain’s Labour Party

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The outcome of the Brexit vote continues to reverberate throughout British politics. Already, of course, we’ve seen the outcome of the vote bring an abrupt and somewhat unexpected end to David Cameron’s time as Prime Minister, a move that could sweep pro-Brexit MP Boris Johnson into Downing Street. Now, there are signs that the vote […]

Info on the Panama Canal Expansion

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A nice set of inforgraphics:  Weekly Chart: Panama Canal Trade before and after the Expansion

Scotland and the Aftermath of the Brexit Vote

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Is Scotland next?

What’s Next with the Brexit?

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A British political scientist lays out some of the political and institutional factors that will be relevant going forward.

Britain Votes To Leave European Union, Cameron Resigns As Prime Minister

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By a narrow margin, British voters have chosen to send their nation, themselves, and indeed all of Europe into uncharted waters.

With The Future In The Balance, British Voters Head To The Polls In ‘Brexit’ Vote

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Voters in the United Kingdom are headed to the polls in a vote that will have widespread consequences.

Murder Of Jo Cox, MP Looking Increasingly Like It Was Politically Motivated

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The murder of Jo Cox, MP is looking more and more like a politically motivated assassination, and that’s causing some in Great Britain to look inward.

Jo Cox, Member Of British Parliament, Murdered In Northern England, Possible ‘Brexit’ Connection

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A freshman Member of Parliament was murdered today, and there may have been a political motive.

‘Leave’ Takes The Lead In Latest ‘Brexit’ Polling

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With just over a week to go, the latest polling shows voters in the United Kingdom leaning toward leaving the European Union.

Zika Virus Concerns Lead To Calls To Postpone or Move 2016 Olympics

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Concerns about the Zika Virus are leading some doctors to call for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be moved or postponed.

Plagiarism Plague in Russia

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Via Slate:  The Craziest Black Market in Russia.  Apparently, a lot of Russians are paying for dissertations: In the past few years alone, there have been credible allegations of dissertation plagiarism made against Russia’s minister of culture, the governor of St. Petersburg, and the head of the country’s top federal investigating authority. Just in the past […]

Obama’s Visit To Hiroshima Brings Reflection, But No Apologies

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President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima left just the impression it should have.

Obama Announces End Of U.S. Arms Embargo Against Vietnam

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On his trip to Hanoi, President announced the latest sign that the Vietnam War is finally something both nations have manged to put behind them.

The Horror of War and the Challenge of Peace in Colombia

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If Colombia makes peace, the post-conflict era will be rife with challenges.

Twitter War between Head of OAS and President of Venezuela

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This is amazing, amusing, and very Twenty-First Century, via the BBC:  Venezuela Maduro OAS: Latin American ‘traitor’ row escalates The head of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has accused the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of being “a traitor”. In a series of Twitter posts addressed directly to Mr Maduro, Mr Almagro also […]

Egyptian Airliner With 66 On Board Crashes In Mediterranean Sea

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An EgyptAir jetliner with 66 on board disappeared from radar just before beginning its decent into Cairo.

Same Sex Marriage in Colombia

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Via the BBC: Colombia legalises gay marriage Colombia’s top court has legalised same-sex marriage, making the country the fourth in Latin America to do so. Civil unions had previous been legal. The rest of the region:   Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have previously legalised same-sex marriage. […] In Mexico, gay marriage is legal in the capital […]

Brazil’s President Impeached

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With just a few months to go before the nation takes center stage, Brazil’s President is now facing impeachment: BRASÍLIA — Brazilian legislators voted on Sunday night to approve impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, the nation’s first female president, whose tenure has been buffeted by a dizzying corruption scandal, a shrinking economy and spreading disillusionment. After […]

‘Panama Papers’ Claim Prime Minister Of Iceland As First Victim

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One down. How many more to go?

Putin Announces Start Of Withdrawal Of Russian Forces From Syria

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To the surprise of many, Russia’s President announced that Russia would begin winding down its six month old intervention in Syria.

Placing Trump in Comparative Perspective

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I would highly recommend the following from Pippa Norris:  It’s not just Trump. Authoritarian populism is rising across the West. Here’s why.  (Norris is an expert on comparative politics and elections). It is a long piece (for a newspaper column/blog post), but is worth a read.  Not to encourage skipping the essay, I will post […]

Kim Jong Un Orders North Korean Nukes Placed On ‘Standby’

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More saber rattling from Pyongyang.

United States Putting ‘Advisers’ On The Front Lines In Nigeria’s War Against Boko Haram

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The U.S. is poised to send troops to the front lines of yet another war we have no reason to be involved in.

China, U.S. Agree On North Korea Sanctions That Are Unlikely To Accomplish Anything

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Can anything restrain the North Koreans besides direct action by China? That’s unclear, but the new round of sanctions pending at the U.N. seem unlikely to accomplish much of anything.

United Kingdom Sets ‘Brexit’ Referendum Vote For June 23rd

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Britons will go to the polls in June to decide the future of their country’s relationship with the rest of Europe.

If you Want to Feel Better about our Presidential Candidates…

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…read up on Peru’s options:  An Alleged Killer, a Plagiarist, and a Jailed Ex-Leader’s Kid: Meet Peru’s Presidential Field. As I tell my students:  one of the great reasons for studying Latin America is that you really can’t make this stuff up.

A Primer on the Brexit Debate

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Via The Economist: A background guide to “Brexit” from the European Union

Obama to Visit Cuba

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The futility of US policy towards Cuba is obvious to anyone who gives it even a passingly objective assessment.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali Dead at 93

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The godfather of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine has passed.

U.S. To Resume Commercial Air Travel To Cuba

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Another step forward with regard to the American-Cuban relationship.

China’s Economy Appears To Be Slowing Significantly, And That Could Have A Huge Impact

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China’s economy is still growing, but it’s most recently reported growth rate is slower than the nation has seen in quite some time.

Sanctions Against Iran Partially Lifted As Compliance With Nuclear Deal Is Confirmed By IAEA

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Another hopeful step forward, thanks to diplomacy.

Clinton Calls for More Sanctions on Iran

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Via The Hill:  Clinton calls for new sanctions on Iran Hours after the U.S. dropped sanctions on Iran as part of the nuclear deal, Democratic primary front-runner Hillary Clinton called for new sanctions on the nation for its ballistic missile program. Clinton on Saturday praised President Obama for securing the safe return of four U.S. citizens […]

Guatemala Inaugurates President

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Via the BBC:  Jimmy Morales inaugurated as new Guatemala president Guatemalan former TV comedian Jimmy Morales has been inaugurated as the country’s new president. He was elected in October after huge anti-corruption demonstrations that led to the prosecution of a former president and vice-president. Mr Morales has no previous experience in government. In his inaugural […]

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian, Four Others, Freed By Iran In Prisoner Exchange

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Good news for Jason Rezaian and four other Americans, and another example of how diplomacy can help resolve disputes that seemed irresolvable.

Economic Crisis Continues in Venezuela

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Via the BBC:  Venezuela economy: Nicolas Maduro declares emergency The Venezuelan government has announced a 60-day economic emergency to deal with the country’s worsening crisis. President Nicolas Maduro will govern by decree for two months. The edict includes tax increases and puts emergency measures in place to pay for welfare services and food imports. The […]

Drug Lord Chic?

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Via the BBC:  ‘El Chapo’: LA company cashes in on drug lord’s shirt A US shirt maker says its shirts are flying off the shelves after Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was pictured wearing one. The distinctive patterned blue and grey number is seen in a picture of Guzman shaking hands with US […]

Iran Frees US Prisoners

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Via the BBC:  Jason Rezaian and three other US prisoners freed in Iran Iran has released Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and three other Iranian-American prisoners as it anticipates the lifting of international sanctions. Rezaian, 39, was convicted of espionage in Iran last year. Iranian state TV named the other three as Saeed Abedini, Amir […]

Taiwan Elects First Female President

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Via the BBC:  Tsai Ing-wen elected Taiwan’s first female president Tsai Ing-wen has been elected Taiwan’s first female president. Ms Tsai, 59, leads the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that wants independence from China. In her victory speech, she vowed to preserve the status quo in relations with China, adding Beijing must respect Taiwan’s democracy and […]

W.H.O. Declares 2014 Ebola Outbreak Officially Over

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The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola Outbreak that began in 2014 to be officially over.

Quick Release Of American Sailors Shows The Value Of Diplomacy

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Ten American sailors detained by Iranian forces late Tuesday were released early today, something that seems to clearly demonstrate the value of diplomacy.

U.S., South Korea Hint At Military Buildup In Response To Nuclear Test

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The United States and South Korea are hinting at increased military cooperation in the wake of last week’s North Korean nuclear test.

Experts Cast Doubt On North Korean Claim That It Tested Hydrogen Bomb

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Experts are casting doubt on North Korea’s claim that it tested a thermonuclear device earlier this week.

North Korea Claims To Have Detonated Hydrogen Bomb In Nuclear Test

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The North Koreans claim to have made a major advance in their nuclear weapons program, but there are many reasons to be skeptical.

Tensions Rise Between Saudi Arabia And Iran In Wake Of Saudi Executions

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The execution of a prominent Shi’ite cleric has led to a rapid deterioration of the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Iraq/ISIS Updates

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Via CNN:  Ramadi has been taken back from ISIS, Iraqis say Iraqi troops have retaken the city of Ramadi from ISIS, the country’s military said. Troops have raised the Iraqi flag on top of the government compound in central Ramadi, military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasoul said Monday. Ramadi, in Anbar province, about 110 kilometers […]

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