Month: July 2018

Zimbabwe

Is Zimbabwe’s election really a new start? What makes this election extraordinary is principally that Robert Mugabe isn’t standing and won’t win it. Also, that although Chamisa has complained about long queues at polling stations, the 75% turnout, openly held rival candidate rallies  and lack of systematic violence suggests that this poll is as close …

Cambodia

Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen wins a landslide election victory. Many congratulations to Hun Sen, the Cambodian Prime Minister who has already been in power for 33 years but is so popular with his electorate that his party has just won another thumping great majority with a massive turnout of 82 per cent. How does …

Pakistan

Imran Khan, Pakistan, Democracy Pakistan is celebrating its 2nd ever peaceful transfer of power through an election – or it will be, if everything stays on track after Imran Khan’s general election victory. The dweller’s guide certainly doesn’t want to cast any shadow over this achievement, but we have to be very careful before we …

South Sudan

South Sudan power sharing More good news from Africa this week as South Sudan’s warring (mainly Dinka and Nuer) factions sign a power sharing agreement to end the 5 year civil war that has made the world’s newest country also its poorest. President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar – who had been allies …

Kuwait

Sondos Alqattan on human rights in Kuwait Sondos Alqattan has got everyone talking about human rights in Kuwait. Sondos is a social media superstar with 2.3 million followers on Instagram. (How do you do it Sondos? I mean apart from talking about cosmetics and pandering to the widespread racism of Kuwaiti society?) There are about …

Ethiopia

More good news for Ethiopia Ethiopia Shall Rise The updates on this blog are mainly satirical and contemptuous. How wonderful then, that in the space of just two weeks there have been two good news stories from Ethiopia, a country which the Guide originally dismissed as one of the world’s most flawed regimes. Here is …

Jersey

The British Empire, alive and well in 2018, just off the South Coast The news yesterday that the cost of living has risen by almost 5% on the island of Jersey this year, might ignite you with complete indifference or even a degree of schadenfreude. Why, after all, should we mere mainland UK dwellers shed …

North Korea

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows, Mr. Trump. (Shakespeare. The Tempest) North Korea Slavery- a reminder… Now that the leader of ‘the free world’ has befriended such strange bedfellows as Vladimir Putin   and Kim Jong-un   and now that he thinks these are his besties while Nato and the EU are his new enemies, …

Nauru

A Tragedy of Self-Abuse The headline of today’s Guardian article reads: ‘What is happening on Nauru should shock the conscience of every Australian.’  It’s an excellent piece and you can read it here. It tells the story of the abuse that is happening on Australia’s prison island for refugees, but which is largely kept hidden …