Duterte’s Barter Initiative For Mindanao Offers a Glimpse of The Advantages of Federalism

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has just signed Executive Order No. 64 which creates the Mindanao Barter Council (MBC). The MBC will oversee and regulate legal transactions and commerce in a localised barter economy as opposed to the traditional cash economy. For a region of The Philippines like Mindanao that has been economically […]

Indian Media Denies Sri Lanka Political Agency by Projecting a Zero-Sum Mentality on Others

Sri Lanka is in the midst of a serious political crisis after President Maithripala Sirisena abruptly sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with former political rival (and former President) Mahinda Rajapaksa. According to Sirisena and his supporters, the proximate causes of Wickremesinghe’s dismissal were personal, cultural and class differences that Sirisena called irreconcilable. Furthermore, […]

Erdogan’s Staunch Independence Pays Off: Turkey to be Granted Sanctions Waiver Over Iranian Oil

While today’s headlines have been dominated by the long awaited moment when the US has officially re-imposed all pre-2015 sanctions against Iran as well as new Trump era sanctions, the far more crucial story in respect of immediate global developments surrounds the question of ‘which eight countries will receive sanctions […]

The Xinjiang-Lahore Bus Service is a Golden Opportunity to Expand Human Connectivity Between China and Pakistan

This month will witness the inauguration of a luxury bus service that will transport passengers between the Chinese city of Kashgar in Xinjiang province to Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s province of Punjab. According to Muhammad Anwar, the CEO of the company that operates the service, bookings have already been made […]