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Departures Podcast with Heidi Tworek

Having gone through the tumultuous experience of this past election in the United States, with provocative propaganda, disinformation, fake news, and pervasive and extreme distrust, many feel like we’re experiencing an unprecedented moment. But arguably, we’ve been here before. This week we are joined by Prof. Heidi Tworek, author of “News from Germany: The Competition […]

Departures Podcast with Tobias Harris

Up until his recent resignation due to health concerns, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cast a long shadow as one of the most remarkable global statesman, shaping the country’s alliances and leadership position in an extremely difficult and threatening region of the world. Journalist and author Tobias Harris, author of “The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and […]

Departures Interview with Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen discusses Trump’s hospitalization, his new book, and why America needs to prepare to change in order to survive.

Departures Podcast with Barry Buzan

For many years now, China and Japan have not enjoyed very good relations. In fact, highly volatile and emotional issues of territory, history, and identity have escalated dangerously. But are these historical issues largely a political construction, and do in fact the two nations have more in common in terms of interests and history than […]

Open Letter to ICJ on Venezuela Sanctions

Over the course of my 40 years practicing international law, I’ve had some experience working in countries where the rule of law is painfully absent or impaired, and yet, today I note with sadness that we are witnessing a similar erosion of integrity taking place in the United States. Below we are publishing the full […]

Departures Podcast with Vincent Bevins

In the 1950s and 1960s, the United States engaged in a relentless anticommunism crusade which included the sponsorship of mass killings, coups, and installations of authoritarian regimes across much of the global South, from Indonesia to Brazil. In his fascinating new book, “The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped […]

Departures Podcast with Michel Paradis

In 1942, Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle led an audacious one-way bombing raid to hit targets in Japan which many thought impossible. With nowhere to land their planes, eight American airmen who were captured afterward by Japanese troops in occupied Chinese territory, and later subjected to trials and death sentences. In his fascinating new book, […]

Open Letter to President Magufuli and Chief Justice Juma

Today Robert Amsterdam published an open letter to President John Magufuli and Chief Justice Ibrahim Hamis Juma regarding an alleged plot by the government to collude with the National Electoral Commission to block the candidacy of Mr. Tundu Lissu. The letter warns of a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday 26 August in which the authorities […]

Tanzanians Are Tired of Living in Fear of Magufuli, so Tundu Lissu is Standing Up to Challenge Him

Podcast – special edition. Ever since he returned to Tanzania three weeks, opposition presidential candidate Tundu Lissu has been confronted by one obstacle or threat after another. The day he landed at Dar es Salaam international airport, the police attempted to block any media or groups from gathering to welcome him. It didn’t work. Unknown […]

Open Letter to the Tanzania Police Force Regarding Attacks against Tundu Lissu

Today Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Partners LLP has published an open letter addressed to the Tanzanian Police Force regarding the situation of his client, the opposition presidential candidate Tundu Lissu. In the letter, Amsterdam writes: “we strongly demand that as a presidential candidate, Mr. Lissu is afforded the same security and protective measures ensured […]