Tag Archives: Terrorism

Dire straights | Straight pride struggles to catch on

Dire straights | Straight pride struggles to catch on

Gay activists ponder how to respond to an event which aims to outrage them “IT’S HARDER to come out as conservative than gay,” complains David Elkins, a pensioner whose T-shirt reads “It’s OK to be white, straight, and male”. Luckily he found acceptance at Boston’s first straight-pride parade. Behind him a clown with a rainbow wig and green face-paint …

FARC, the sequel | Will Colombia return to war?

FARC, the sequel | Will Colombia return to war?

A former guerrilla leader has taken up arms again IT WAS A throwback to the bad old days. In a 32-minute video released on August 29th Iván Márquez, once the number-two commander of the FARC, a guerrilla group that waged war against the Colombian state for 52 years, announced that he was taking up arms again. Appearing …

Stony ground | Why Pope Francis struggles in Africa

Stony ground | Why Pope Francis struggles in Africa

The church is growing fast there, but it is difficult terrain for a liberal pontiff A YEAR AGO President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique went to the Vatican and announced triumphantly that he had persuaded the pope to visit his country. Pope Francis retorted that he would make the trip in 2019—if he was still alive. This week …

Politics this week

Politics this week

An indicative vote in Argentina’s presidential election suggested that the opposition, led by Alberto Fernández with the country’s previous president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (no relation), as his running-mate, would handily win the actual election in October. The Argentine peso shed a quarter of its value against the dollar and its main stockmarket fell by 37%. …

Sit-in, stand-off | Is Hong Kong moving closer to the abyss that its leaders warn about?

Sit-in, stand-off | Is Hong Kong moving closer to the abyss that its leaders warn about?

Turmoil at the city’s airport may have made China’s leaders even twitchier A TEN-WEEK-OLD political crisis in Hong Kong has taken a lurch for the worse. Flash-mob protests across the territory have led to a sharp increase in violence, with hardball tactics employed both by anti-government demonstrators and police. In an unprecedented move for Asia’s pre-eminent financial …