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Answering the Call for Justice | Eduardo Gonzalez | Episode 34

The Pandora Papers provide the most comprehensive look yet into the sprawling transnational networks that allow corrupt public officials and economic elite to launder and hide their illicit assets everywhere from the British Virgin Islands to Washington, D.C. The investigation shows that wealthy countries need to do far more to clean up the fiscal paradises they provide for kleptocrats, including by regulating professional enablers such as trust companies in South Dakota in the United States and real estate agents in London. U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation this week to do just that on the national-level. The global scale of the problem that the 11.9 million leaked confidential files from 14 financial service providers implicating public figures from over 90 countries demonstrates there is also the urgent need for a new international institution to hold kleptocrats and their professional enablers accountable.

Middle East Braces for U.S. Withdrawal Aftermath

The Middle East needs to get prepared for dealing with the dire aftermath of US withdrawal from the region. The tragic scenes, at Kabul Airport, of Afghan people clinging to the wheels of the American warplanes to escape Taliban’s hell are nothing compared to the miseries expected to emerge after the US withdrawal from Syria and Iraq, which may happen sooner than we expect. Unfortunately, the future of the Middle East region appears to be dark and messy. Yet, there still a chance for Middle East countries to take a unified action to minimize the scale of unforeseen damages.

The Brewing Egypt-Ethiopia War is an International Security Threat

It would be a delusion to assume that the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia, over the building and filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), has not, yet, escalated into a state of war. Egypt and Ethiopia have already been engaged in war-level conflicts, since Ethiopia announced its intention to build the dam on the upstream of the Blue Nile, in 2009. Although, it is not a traditional war, in the form of deploying tanks and fighter jets against each other; it may get to the point soon. Should a military conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia erupts, it will not only affect the security of Africa but also the security of the Middle East and the stability of Europe.

The Curious Case of the Three-Legged Wolf – Egypt: Military, Islamism, and Liberal Democracy

This book is the first publication to introduce “reverse nonviolent action” as a new theory within the socio-political field of nonviolent action and strategies. Through studying the curious case of Egypt during and after the waves of Arab Spring revolutions, the author proposes an insider’s answer to Arab Spring’s academic and political most complicated questions. This is the first Arab Spring related study to analyze the strategic choices made by the military institution, official and non-official Islamists, and the young liberal democratic activists to employ violent aggression, nonviolent strategies, and reverse nonviolent action to achieve social change and win political power.