Trending Theme: The EU Condemns Poland’s New Law for Manipulating Judicial Independence

The European Commission has requested the European Court of Justice to freeze a new Polish law that would allow judges critical of the government’s changes to the judiciary to be dismissed. Poland’s eurosceptic Law and Justice Party (PiS) changed the process of appointing judges in 2018, when it allowed the lower house of parliament, which it controls, to choose the members of the council that appoints judges ...

Trending Theme: Lebanon Announces a New Hezbollah-Backed Government

Protests and political deadlock have been prevalent in Lebanon after Mr. Saad Hariri resigned as Prime Minister in October in response to mass protests over corruption and mismanagement. Last month, the Hezbollah and its allies chose university professor Hassan Diab as the new Prime Minister, who has after a month, elected a cabinet, filled with some technocrats but primarily political elites ...

Trending Theme: Protests Surge in Iraq

Iraqis have been protesting their political system since October, decrying the government for corruption, poor public service provision, and lack of job opportunities. Demonstrations have surged following the assassination of Iran’s military official, General Suleimani, as they fear that attention will be diverted from meeting the demands they have been protesting for ...

Trending Theme: China Offers Diplomatic Support to Myanmar

On January 17, 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Burmese counterpart, President Win Myint. The two-day meeting is an effort on behalf of Beijing to establish diplomatic ties with Myanmar as the international community increasingly accuses the Southeast Asian country of a genocide that forced nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslims out of the country ...