First Past the Post: February 18


East and South Asia

The Shahbagh protests in Bangladesh (pictured above) have effected legal reform — the state will now be able to appeal a life sentence into a death sentence.

Will Mehmood Khan Achakzai be the caretaker prime minister in Pakistan?

Narendra Modi seems likelier than ever to lead the BJP’s 2014 campaign in India’s general elections.

North America

Time‘s penance in looking back on the anti-war Iraqi protests exactly one decade later.

Latin America / Caribbean

Newly reelected Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has revolutionary plans.  [Spanish]

Marina Silva is starting a new Brazilian political party.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Mali will hold (much delayed) presidential elections on July 7.

Which African leaders are savviest on Twitter?

Are Swaziland’s elections meaningless?


Reexamining the iron closet.

Continuing conflict in Kosovo.

The 2014 Paris mayoral race is in full swing.

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi pays homage to bribery.

Russia and Former Soviet Union

Polls in Armenia are now open.

Middle East and North Africa

Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman’s trial is underway.

Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett are both less than enthusiastic about the haredim parties.

Equal rights for Saudi women?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.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