First Past the Post: January 10


East and South Asia

Tensions continue to heat up between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir border.

Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying has survived an impeachment hearing.

Trouble for Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra with two months to go in his reelection bid.

The fight over rare earth metals.

North America

No one knows what will happen with the ominously looming debt ceiling fight in February, but some people are certainly anxious about the signature (pictured above) of likely U.S. treasury secretary nominee Jack Lew.

Remembering the 100th anniversary of former U.S. president Richard Nixon’s birth.

One Log Cabin Republican quits over the LGBT group’s attacks on U.S. defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

Latin America / Caribbean

Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice rules that president Hugo Chávez need not re-take the oath of office.

The three worst countries in which you could be born in Latin America. [Spanish]

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva may be investigated in an ongoing vote-buying scandal.


Violence in Tana delta puts Kenya on edge.


John Sfakianakis shares reflections in Foreign Policy on the economic depression in Greece.

The Swiss Central Bank is engaged in an edgy strategy to maintain the Swiss franc’s value.

The United States tells the United Kingdom to stop edging toward a potential exit from the European Union.

The latest on the Lower Saxony state elections.

Klaus Wowereit’s days are numbered as Berlin mayorDer Spiegel argues.

Middle East

Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections will probably be in April.  Maybe.

Youssef Makhioun will lead the Salafist and incredibly conservative Al-Nour Party, which currently holds the second-largest number of seats in Egypt’s parliament, into those elections.


Maplecroft charts political risk and hot spots in 2013.

The world’s population may decline in coming years.

The always-insightful World Elections gives us the top 10 elections of 2012.

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