First Past the Post: February 4


East and South Asia

Bhutan booming.

Indian president Pranab Mukherjee will back tougher laws against sexual assault and rape.

Why India doesn’t need a new rape law.

The Philippine economy may have grown at 6.5% in 2012.

Japanese finance minister Tarō Asō is looking to the 1930s in the United States as precedent for fiscal stimulus.

Japan’s government gears up for the fight over the next chair of the Bank of Japan, to be selected in April.

North America

New York City remembers Ed Koch, mayor in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne gives the Ontario Liberals a boost into a three-way tie in Canada’s largest province.

Latin America / Caribbean

Paraguayan presidential third-party candidate Lino Oviedo has died in an airplane accident.  [Spanish]  English story here.

Fidel Castro (pictured aboveemerged to vote in Sunday’s Cuban parliamentary elections.

Rafael Correa has a smooth path to reelection as Ecuador’s president.

What John Kerry means as U.S. secretary of state for Latin America.


A closer look at Swazi elections later this year.

An Ethiopian editorial weighs in against former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s kind words for Il Duce.

Ghanaian president John Dramani Mahama is not a liberal on gay rights.


More on a potential Cyprus bailout.

More on why Cyprus could be a problem.

Socialist opposition leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba has called on Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy to resign.

Silvio Berlusconi pledges to revoke an unpopular local property tax in the Italian election campaign.

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair talks to Andrew Marr.

Árni Páll Árnason, former minister of economic affairs, will succeed Icelandic prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir as leader of the Social Democratic Alliance.

But the center-right Independence Party leads polls in advance of Icelandic elections.

France’s gay marriage bill moves closer to passage.

Should Georgia’s parliament select the next president?

Middle East

Why Qatar is backing the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Yair Lapid thinks he can oust Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister.

Checking in on the latest in Egypt’s political struggle.

A new twist in the generational saga surrounding the Saudi succession.


Australian prime minister Julia Gillard’s Labor Party is behind in polls.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *