Prayuth’s Habit of Threatening Journalists

There is little doubt that the current military dictator of Thailand, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, ranks among the most odious pariahs on the international stage, who thinks nothing of simply announcing that he intends to murder journalists or anyone else who stands in his way. Here is a quick excerpt from the latest press release from […]

China’s Horizontal of Incompetence

During Vladimir Putin’s early years, his media team were very proud of spreading the concept of the “vertical of power,” the idea that the presidency had consolidated so much authority that the inconveniences of bureaucratic process would be magically dissolved by executive privilege. Of course as time wore on, and the idea of a unified […]

Ilya Ponomarev Will Fight ‘Basmanny Justice,’ Says Amsterdam

The following press release was distributed to media outlets on 17 July 2015: LONDON, 17 July 2015 – The reported move by Moscow to issue an arrest warrant against Russian opposition State Duma Deputy Ilya Ponomarev represents a familiar abuse of the legal system, says lawyer Robert Amsterdam. According to Russian media reports on Wednesday, […]

Why Armenia is Rebelling against Putin

While the world’s attention is on Greece this week, a very interesting development is taking place in the usually sleeping capital of Armenia, as citizens are taking to the streets to protest against rising electricity prices brought about by a Russian state-owned company. For years now, it is has been the policy of the Kremlin […]

Rule of Law Prevails in Zambia with Dismissal of Politically Motivated Case against Rupiah Banda

Yesterday the Lusaka High Court dismissed a politically motivated case that was brought against former President Rupiah Banda by the previous government. This case accusing him of benefitting from an oil deal with Nigeria, which was the brainchild of the late President Michael Sata and his chosen prosecutor, the currently suspended Mutembo Nchito, and was […]

Russia Will Not Save Greece

Here we are again. As I write this, Eurozone Finance Ministers are meeting with their Greek counterparts to attempt to hash out an agreement for an extension on their next loan repayment in order to keep the banks open and narrowly avoid default. Play time is over: both François Hollande and Angela Merkel telephoned Greek […]