Politics

Denounce Guinea’s Coup—and Incumbent Leaders’ Abuses of Power
China, Human Rights, Politics

Denounce Guinea’s Coup—and Incumbent Leaders’ Abuses of Power

Coming on the heels of successful coups in neighboring Mali and Chad, and an unsuccessful attempt in Niger, the coup has revived fears of military governments. Doumbouya wants to be seen as a defender of democracy against one-man rule, paraphrasing in his first televised public address sentiments of the late Ghanaian military strongman-turned-President Jerry Rawlings: “If the people are crushed by their elites, it is up to the army to give the people their freedom,” Doumbouya said. On Sept. 5, Guinea’s controversial President Alpha Condé was deposed from power by an elite military group led by Col. Mamady Doumbouya that was established in 2018 to battle growing terrorist threats in the region. On Sept. 5, Guinea’s controversial President Alpha Condé was deposed from power by an elite mi...
China and the United States Could Sabotage EU Emission Efforts Again
China, Environment, Politics

China and the United States Could Sabotage EU Emission Efforts Again

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has made clear that reducing greenhouse gas emissions faster represents an unavoidable priority. The commission has said its flagship project, the European Green Deal, aims to reconcile the economy with the planet, so Europe’s “ man on the moon ” moment paves the way for European global leadership on green matters. However, despite a high level of domestic undertaking, the ambition and success of European green policies increasingly depend on other countries’ commitments to reduce carbon emissions. If Brussels aspires to be a catalyst for international action, diffusing its policies to third countries, it needs to convince others to follow its lead toward a more sustainable future. One big way to do that is the Carbon Border Adjustment Me...
How Filibusters Moved from Piracy to Congress
China, Politics

How Filibusters Moved from Piracy to Congress

The two meanings of “filibuster”—legislative and expeditionary—may seem coincidental. Conceptually, they are deeply linked. Both are coercive strategies employed by weak groups that can nevertheless cause outsized harms. Both undermine democracy and protect injustice—and were deeply linked to racism. And both have a legacy that includes not only the damage they have directly caused but the paths they foreclosed. Discussions of the filibuster occasionally mention in passing that the word has another meaning. Historian Robert May noted earlier this year in the Hill that the word is derived from the Dutch vrijbuiter, which translates directly to “freebooter” and more loosely to “pirate.” And indeed, in the 1800s, the word “filibuster” became attached to illegal, pirate-like expeditions by Am...
America’s Hollow Africa Policy
China, Human Rights, Politics

America’s Hollow Africa Policy

The first Nigerian Windows on America center opened in March in Lekki, Lagos; since then, the U.S. Consulate General has established four other centers, mostly in universities. Meanwhile, China’s Confucius Institutes, created to promote Chinese language and culture, have been established at Nigerian universities for more than a decade. Chinese firms in Nigeria have recruited alumni from the institutes, further enhancing China’s socioeconomic standing. The institutes have also created a pathway for young Nigerians to go to China for studies on scholarships and to get jobs. The unstated but no less important aim of the centers is to create cultural inroads with Nigerian youth to counter China’s influence—especially the influence it exerts through its Confucius Institutes. In recent months,...
CCP interference must stop, world must join ha ds to stop it
Environment, Human Rights, Politics

CCP interference must stop, world must join ha ds to stop it

The report revealed many facts about the CCP's deep penetration in India. But as a long-term researcher and reminder of CCP's global penetration, I am not surprised by what CCP did in India. Let's take a look at how severe the penetration of CCP is in very and South America. For example, parliament buildings in at least seven countries in Africa are built by CCP.  These parliamentary facilities use operating systems and data systems provided by China. China's control over them is obvious. This report is not only about the CCP’s infiltration in India. This report also drew a map of the footprint of the CCP's global penetration. It is not only a wake-up call to the world about the CCP’s in-depth penetration of the entire world but also a prescription to solve the problem. After r...
Biden Needs to Bolster the Power of Exiles
China, Human Rights, Politics

Biden Needs to Bolster the Power of Exiles

To counter this anti-democratic surge, the U.S. government needs to do more than simply support existing democracies. It needs to bolster individual democrats, many of them in hiding or on the run. Countless Afghan human rights defenders, feminists, journalists, writers, and intellectuals have risked their lives and abandoned homes and families to escape life under the Taliban. Exiles are pouring out of Myanmar, Russia, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. They all need support, and investing in them should be high on Biden’s democracy agenda. Myanmar, whose fledgling democracy was once the pride of the Obama administration, has reverted to junta rule. In Hong Kong, China has crushed the local democracy movement. In Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko’s regime has gone house to house targeting civil socie...
Afghanistan’s Hazaras Get Mixed Messages From the Taliban
China, Politics

Afghanistan’s Hazaras Get Mixed Messages From the Taliban

The drawings suggested an innocence so at odds with her life and surroundings. On May 15, a series of bomb explosions had ripped through Fatima’s school, the Sayed ul-Shuhada high school, killing over 80 young women from the Hazara community. Fatima was one of the only girls in her class who survived the blast. As I sat in the Khawaris’ house in Dasht-e-Barchi, the Hazara district in western Kabul, in June, Fatima smiled as she flipped through her sketchbooks, which were full of meadows, farmhouses, portraits of herself and her family, and the Kabul skyline. Twelve-year-old Fatima Khawari’s parents tried their best to keep her away from the war and violence that had blighted their own childhoods. Like so many in Afghanistan’s Hazara Shia community, they had endured a campaign of persecut...
China Is Disrupting the Ocean’s Blue Carbon Sink
China, Environment, Politics

China Is Disrupting the Ocean’s Blue Carbon Sink

A landmark study recently published in the scientific journal Nature underscores that “marine sediments are the largest pool of organic carbon on the planet,” with an estimated volume on the order of seven trillion metric tons— more than three times the cumulative anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions since 1750. These carbon sequestration zones are subject to both a major existing threat (bottom trawl fishing) and an emerging one (seabed mining for polymetallic nodules). China plays a massive role in both activities. The ocean covers 71 percent of the world’s surface, but less than 10 percent of the seafloor has been mapped using modern sonar, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Wide-ranging salt marshes, mangroves, seagrass beds, and the ultra-deep abyssal...
Can the United States and China Cooperate on Climate?
China, Human Rights, Politics

Can the United States and China Cooperate on Climate?

If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here . Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: U.S. climate envoy John Kerry urges climate cooperation in China, India imposes a lockdown in Kashmir , and Ethiopia’s aid blockade exacerbates a humanitarian crisis. Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: U.S. climate envoy John Kerry urges climate cooperation in China, India imposes a lockdown in Kashmir, and Ethiopia’s aid blockade exacerbates a humanitarian crisis. If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here. Kerry Seeks Cooperation in China As the impacts of climate change become increasingly clear, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry traveled to China this week to urge climate action and see if both countries...
The 100-year-old fiction that predicted today
China, Politics

The 100-year-old fiction that predicted today

While Zamyatin dazzled and goaded his readers with radical ideas and angular, ultra-modern prose, Čapek sought to befriend his. Claiming "I am interested in everything that exists," he wrote more than 3,000 articles, as well as novels, stories, plays, screenplays and children's books. His short columns, or feuilletons, read like precursors of Orwell in their chatty, companionable tone; their witty aphorisms; their celebration of ordinary lives and the natural world; their criticism of snobbery and elitism; their hatred of dehumanising abstractions; and their fascination with language. A dozen years before Orwell's landmark essay Politics and the English Language, Čapek was describing the relationship between bad writing and dangerous politics: "The cliché blurs the difference between truth...