INDONESIA. The BLASPHEMY of Indonesia’s Law on “blasphemy”

by Lydia Verniory – Human Rights Lawyer. Foreign Relations Expert. Senior Consultant, former United Nations It all began when Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, was sentenced last year to two years in prison for what the local judicial authorities call ‘blasphemy’.   He had cited a verse from the Qur’an which he said… Read More

LATIN AMERICA. Brazil – Between Cooperation and Deterrence

By Evan Ellis – Assistant Professor of National Security The title was inspired by the PhD thesis of LTC Oscar Medeiros Filho of the Brazilian Army Strategic Studies Center, and used with his permission. From October 12-14, 2017, I had the opportunity to travel to Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, as part of a delegation from the U.S. Army War… Read More

PANAMA. Now there has been a change in investigative reporting

Robert Jensen Revelations about the widespread use of shell companies and offshore banking by politicians and business figures have challenged the traditional model of investigative reporting. It could be the new way investigative reporting is done. UT News The “Panama Papers” — 11.5 million files, 2.6 terabytes of digital information in what one newspaper called… Read More

ITALY. Mafia. Investigation Sparks Dozens of Arrests.

    CLAUDIO LAVANGA ROME — Politicians, public servants, professors and businessmen were among dozens of people arrested near the Italian city of Naples Wednesday accused of being part of a corruption and bid-rigging ring linked to the powerful Camorra local Mafia. A former mayor of Pompeii was among those targeted in early-morning raids in… Read More