Earlier this week, on the one year anniversary of his inauguration, 100,000 protesters gathered in Tahrir square with chants calling for Morsi to leave. Demonstrators are calling for early presidential elections after what has been a divisive year in Egypt, and one of protest and turmoil the world over. A few weeks ago when I mentioned the protests in Turkey I expected a boiling point and a calming of the waters. Supporters of and protesters against Erdogan continue to clash. For more, read The Turkish Spring – Collective Betrayal and Unmet Expectations by Samuel Ramani.
A month ago, worlds away, protest in Brazil exploded over what began with a relatively simple act of civil disobedience against an act of the government – raising bus tariffs. Protests soon grew and became more complex. Demonstrations are still occurring daily and they are no longer about bus fares. Instead corruption, runaway capitalism (high World Cup expenditures) and higher taxes are the rallying cries for the hundreds of thousands of Brazilians taking to the streets. Thus far protests have been sometimes peaceful, and other times violent, but in either case, like in the instance of Turkey, these protests show no sign of stopping. The most recent protest on Wednesday had a crowd of 50,000.
In the United States the NSA scandal continues and the hunt is now on for whistleblower Edward Snowden who is most likely still in a Russian airport. He was seeking asylum in Ecuador earlier this week, a fact that has strained relations between them and the USA, even though the plan has since unravelled. For a look into the international implications of the NSA scandal check out Live and Let Spy: The International Implications of Edward Snowden by Harry Mcalevey.
At home in Canada Prime Minister Harper has been rapidly losing support amidst a series of scandals. The latest in blunders exposed by the media is a 15% increase in communications staff since 2006, which wouldn’t be so bad hadn’t the PM already been slammed for frivolous use of taxpayer money on conservative advertising. Although some of our writers think Harper just needs time to regroup, The Path to Victory: How the Tories Will Win in 2015 by M. Satti, others think its time for Harper to step down: A Honourable Exit: It’s Time for Harper to Walk Away by Eli Vincent Zivot.
In Dubai, human rights concerns over workers have led to widespread international criticism for the last several years. Yet, of late, international coverage has stopped. Why? Read Are Human Rights Economically Viable? The Case of The United Arab Emirates by Hiba Ganta for a scathing criticism of international hypocrisy. For more on international issues, take a look at how international conferences might succeed where IO’s fail to deal with chaos that has global political implications: When International Conferences Make Up for the Shortcomings of International Organizations by Catherine Ador.
That’s all for now readers,