With the list of mass shootings in the US only growing, it is becoming an even bigger question how all sorts of people seem to be accessing serious weapons. Turns out, attempts to track gun sales are purposely not meant to particularly possible.
Fascinating look at some dark secrets – long buried but recently revived – in Ireland’s past.
Whichever way you spell it, this Central Asian country may soon be changing its spelling and alphabet. Again. Find out why here.
Yet another example of less-than-free politics in post-genocide Rwanda. Opposition figures have been quietly going missing for years, and now are allegedly being publicly arrested. Kagame won’t live forever, and yet fewer and fewer options remain…
Some major things have been going down in Saudi Arabia in the past few days, and while the domestic repercussions are immense, the geopolitical and international implications are significant too. Saudi Arabia’s young crown prince, MbS, has conducted a purge of 11 of the most powerful senior princes, ostensibly on corruption charges. They likely were corrupt, though their money could come in handy for MbS’ other ambitious plans, if he can get his hands on it.
Is it a revolution? A coup? Certainly it’s about consolidating power into his hands, unusually, and potentially dangerously, compared to past (very old) Saudi monarchs. He is still building alliances within his extended family, but with him in control.
But that’s not all. Somehow, Iran, Yemen, Lebanon, and Hezbollah, are all involved in this too. Lebanon’s prime minister Hariri shockingly resigned -while in Riyadh – during this whole saga. But suspicions are growing that Saudi Arabia forced the issue, and are not allowing him to go back to Lebanon, though exile in France may be allowed.
Also while this was all happening, a missile was sent from Yemen towards Riyadh, which MbS publicly called “an act of war,” not from Yemen, but from Iran. This is definitely bad news for cooling regional tensions, and likely for US Middle East policy as well.
An important piece on the history and politics underlying the current violence in Myanmar.