Kenya and China’s One Belt One Road

Images and Text by Austin Rose In the coming weeks, the White House will take the battle to renovate and upgrade the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to the Senate. The newly empowered entity, renamed the  International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC), would go toe to toe with the many tendrils of China's economic foreign policy … Continue reading Kenya and China’s One Belt One Road

How One Activist Thinks the US Can Help Solve Bahrain’s Problems

Maytham Al Salman by @BahrainRights on Twitter By Matthew Petti BEIRUT―"I'm not part of the opposition, and I never was," says Bahraini activist Maytham Al Salman. "I would characterize myself as a Bahraini being, looking for peace and stability." But his own government disagrees. When we meet at the Beirut offices of Bahrain Interfaith, where … Continue reading How One Activist Thinks the US Can Help Solve Bahrain’s Problems

Tax and Protest in Jordan

by Matthew Petti Protests in Amman, Jordan, 2018, Matthew Petti A coalition of organized labor and civil society in Jordan led a successful mass movement this week, forcing the government to revoke an unpopular tax law and the Prime Minister to step down. After the Jordanian monarchy attempted to impose new income taxes as part of … Continue reading Tax and Protest in Jordan

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: A Look from Israel

By Evan Drukker-Schardl We Americans can be forgiven for complaining about the political whiplash that has bombarded our news cycle in recent months. We dealt with a disorganized White House plagued by scandals and investigations, over inflated reports of the nuclear war threat from North Korea, protests against immigration, taxes, healthcare issues, and even a … Continue reading Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: A Look from Israel