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Timor-Leste: A teenage nation

TL is a teenage nation—and I’m not referring to the post-independence population boom that fills the capital streets with boys and girls in school uniforms. It’s a nation with plenty of problems, a nation who still doesn’t really know who it is, but also a nation that is just beginning to scratch the surface of its potential.

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Vote With Your Feet; Leave The Country

Our options go beyond choosing the lesser of two evils.

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A Week In Turkey After The Failed Coup

I arrived in Turkey a week after dissenting military officers briefly hijacked fighter jets, bombed government buildings, took over media stations–and ultimately were defeated by massive and bloody resistance from pro-government civilians. Over two hundred people died in the early hours of July 16th, mostly around Istanbul. The international press was filled with articles that

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The Primaries: A Cause for Concern and for Hope

This is the year of the fringe candidate. Probably a good thing, if, like me, you believe that the status quo is not working for the majority. But there are all kinds of outsiders. There is Bernie Sanders. There is also Donald Trump. I am often a critic of my birth nation. Yes, the United

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Rafael Correa: from candidate for change to president for life

Once a darling of the Ecuadorian left, the president’s power-grabs and policy reversals have hollowed out his support from the social movements that first brought him to power

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When Politics Mean More Than Human Lives; Saudi Arabia Bombs Yemen

This week a coalition of Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia bombed targets across Yemen in an attempt to reverse recent gains by Shiite rebels. The Saudi’s also announced that 150,000 soldiers had been deployed in anticipation of a possible ground invasion. It’s all part of a familiar recipe. It has become so familiar that

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Ecuador launches new digital currency – but most residents know little about it

Bill passed last July gives Central Bank authority to create digital dollars, but opinions divided along party lines amid concerns of a presidential power grab

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How Do You Wear Your Politics?

I was advised not to discuss politics when visiting Liberia. Let old wounds heal, they said.

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