First Past the Post: February 19


East and South Asia

Shinzō Abe gets the New York Times profile treatment.

North America

preview of the ‘Throne Speech’ of Ontario’s new premier, Kathleen Wynne.

Latin America / Caribbean

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez is back in Venezuela after 68 days of treatment in Cuba.

60% of Colombians apparently disapprove of the reelection of president Juan Manuel Santos.  [Spanish]

Ecuador’s ruling Alianza PAIS has won two-thirds of the seats in the National Assembly.  [Spanish]

A closer look at the geography behind Ecuador’s Sunday presidential election.  [Spanish]

Sub-Saharan Africa

Welcoming Mamphela Ramphele and her new party to the fray of South African politics.


A McKinsey pope for the Vatican?

Russia and Former Soviet Union

Belarus has sentenced a border guard in retribution for the Great Teddy Bear Airlift of 2012 (pictured above).

Official results from the Armenian presidential election.

Middle East and North Africa

Hezbollah operating in Syria?

Peer Gatter on Yemen and the politics of qat.

Another day, another failure to form a Tunisian government.

All sorts of interesting polling data from Turkish politics.

Australia and Oceania

New Zealand will introduce ‘plain’ cigarette packaging.


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