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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn addresses the media, Berlin, Germany, Dec. 3, 2014 (AP photo by Michael Sohn).

Ethiopia’s Suspenseless Elections Obscure Ruling Party Rivalries

By Charles Schaefer
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Ethiopia’s elections Sunday look like a foregone conclusion: a one-sided victory for the longtime ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front. Amid the stifling of opposition and signs of internal rivalries, most Ethiopians remain focused on the country’s economic boom. more


Mexico’s Energy Reforms Must Address Indigenous Concerns

By Alexis Arthur
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President Enrique Pena Nieto has touted the potential for unprecedented levels of investment in Mexico’s overhauled energy sector. Yet the energy boom could negatively impact Mexico’s indigenous communities. New government laws, critics say, give preferential treatment to private development over community rights. more

Latin America Weighs Risk and Rewards of Shale Revolution

By Paul Shortell
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Latin America faces difficult choices as it looks to expand its nascent shale gas and oil industry. With approximately one-fourth of the world’s recoverable shale oil and gas reserves, the region is poised to reap the benefits of fracking, but it must weigh those against local resistance and environmental risks. more

Middle East Nuclear Race More Rhetoric Than Reality

By Jessica C. Varnum
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In the run-up to the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, alarmists are again warning of an imminent race to nuclear weapons capabilities in the Middle East in the guise of peaceful nuclear programs. But the logic of chain-reaction proliferation in the Middle East is critically flawed. more

Morsi Sentence Latest Sign of Politicized Justice in Egypt

By Sahar Aziz
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When Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison last month, legal experts rightfully questioned the impartiality of the judges. The judicialization of politics is nothing new in Egypt, but the use of ordinary courts to do the government’s dirty work of eliminating opposition is. more