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Nigeria: an election under fire

Feb 6, 2015

Nigeria: an election under fire

by Gwynne Dyer

Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan, and his rival, Muhammadu Buhari, in the Feb. 14 presidential election have had good luck in cheating death in assassination attempts. But the combined effects of the presidencies of both over the past three decades have not been so lucky ...

How the West's policies are losing Ukraine

Feb 6, 2015

How the West's policies are losing Ukraine

by Leonid Bershidsky

Ukrainians fighting against eastern separatists and Russian forces are bitter about all the supportive Western rhetoric not materializing into weapons and reinforcements. The long-game strategies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama could yet give rise to an anti-Western backlash.

Feb 6, 2015

Limiting the Security Council's veto power

by Gareth Evans

In the lead-up to the commemoration of this year's 70th anniversary of the U.N., the French government is again pursuing the idea of getting the five permanent members of the Security Council to agree to refrain from using their veto power when dealing with ...