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 …

Nicaragua

Nicaragua lives down to its bad name   The Dweller’s Guide To The Planet disqualified Nicaragua as a bad regime. This is what the entry had to say: “The Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega was elected President in 2006. He has been there ever since. He persuaded the National Assembly to change the constitution in 2014 …

Spain

  Franco’s grave. Should it be removed or let be? Because of questions over Catalan and judicial impartiality The Dweller’s Guide To The Planet classes Spain’s regime as not quite bad enough to disqualify it but as not quite good enough to count as entirely free and fair. Now the new Socialist government plans to …

Ethiopia

At the beginning of July The Dweller’s Guide To The Planet didn’t have anything very good to say about Ethiopia. This is from the entry: “The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has been in power since 1991 and holds every seat in Parliament. There were pretend elections in 2015, but it was hardly worth …