Feb 12, 2014

Chinese villagers attack polluting factory, police

Villagers in southwestern China infuriated by a factory that was polluting the environment smashed its offices and equipment, and later clashed with police, underscoring the potential for such concerns to trigger violent unrest. Residents of Baha, a village in Yunnan province, said Wednesday that ...

Ahead of World Cup, inequities ignite ire in Brazil

Oct 20, 2013

Ahead of World Cup, inequities ignite ire in Brazil

by Dom Phillips

The night of June 30 was one of intense drama in Rio de Janeiro. Inside the newly refurbished Maracana stadium, still slick with plaster dust, a gladiatorial atmosphere turned to celebration as Neymar scored Brazil’s second goal in a 3-0 victory over Spain in ...

Oct 15, 2013

Myanmar police urge vigilance after bomb blasts in Yangon

Police urged vigilance after several small bombs exploded in and around Myanmar’s largest city in recent days, reportedly killing two people and injuring three others. No one claimed responsibility for the blasts and it was not immediately clear if they were related. Small explosions ...

South African strikes spur fears of fresh violence

Aug 27, 2013

South African strikes spur fears of fresh violence

Tens of thousands of builders halted work and aircraft technicians disrupted air traffic Monday in the latest strikes to hit South Africa, fanning fears of new violence. Around 90,000 construction workers embarked on an indefinite strike demanding a 13 percent pay increase, against employers’ ...

Brotherhood has spectacular fall from grace

| Aug 19, 2013

Brotherhood has spectacular fall from grace

Just two years ago, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood won the country’s first free elections, but now many in the country call its supporters terrorists. It is a spectacular fall from grace for the Islamist movement, which saw its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, become the first president ...

Bloodshed shows lack of U.S. leverage

| Aug 15, 2013

Bloodshed shows lack of U.S. leverage

by Nicolas Revise

Egypt’s latest bloodshed has underlined what experts say is the weakened influence of the United States, which turned a blind eye to a coup while advocating a return to democracy. The United States has struggled to develop a coherent approach to Egypt since veteran ...