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· April, 2012

Stories about International Relations from April, 2012

21 April 2012

Egypt: Should the Grand Mufti Have Gone to Jerusalem?

On April 18 Ali Gomaa, the Egyptian grand mufti and one of the highest religious authorities in the Islamic world, visited Jerusalem for the first time. The visit is controversial...

20 April 2012

Video: Better Aid and Development Discussions Through Islam Crash Course

An ongoing discussion over at the Uncultured Project has been the relationship between the lack of knowledge on what Islam is about and how aid and development organizations relate to...

19 April 2012

Panama: Italian Scandal Rocks Martinelli Government

Links between Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli and Italian citizen Valter Lavitolla have placed the Panamanian government in the eye of the story, following the arrest of the Italian at the...

Cuba: Absent at the Summit of the Americas

Cuba: What Did Pope Benedict XVI Leave Behind?

Two weeks after Pope Benedict XVI left the island, Cuba returns to normalcy. Elaine Diaz offers a review of the different conversations and debates after the Pope's visit that have...

18 April 2012

North Korea Timeline in Storify

Somalia: Hands Off Somalia

Argentina: Bloggers React to Announcement of Nationalization of Oil Company YPF

The announcement of the nationalization of the oil company YPF, controlled by Spain's Repsol, and the transfer of 51% of its shares to the Argentinean government, sparked many reaction on...

Macedonia: Ethnic Tensions Rise Following Murders at Smiljkovci

17 April 2012

Colombia: Free Trade Agreement with U.S. to Take Effect on May 15

Nigeria: Was Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's Candidacy Symbolic?

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, the only African and woman running for the World Bank presidency, has lost the race to Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-American physician. Should this have...

Serbia: May 6 Parliamentary Vote Roundup

16 April 2012

Iran's “Electronic Curtain” Animated by U.S. State Department

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau for International Information Programs has released a short animation about Iran's "electronic curtain" on YouTube.

Brazil: Homage to the Victims of the Amazon in Washington, D.C.

President Dilma Rousseff's official visit to Washington, D.C. attracted around 100 people to the Brazilian embassy in an act of solidarity with the Amazonian victims. Learn a little more about...

15 April 2012

Colombia: Explosions near the US embassy in Bogotá

Armenia: The mob rules

Cuba: Uproar Over Ozzie Guillen's “Love” for Fidel Castro

Across digital and mainstream media, in the United States and Cuba, Miami Marlins baseball team manager Ozzie Guillén's comments on Fidel Castro unleashed a searing debate between baseball fans, political...

14 April 2012

Armenia: Support for Georgi Vanyan

Following the cancellation last week of a festival of Azerbaijani films in Armenia amid threats of violence, alternative voices online comment on the campaign targeting the organizer, peace activist Georgi...

13 April 2012

Russia: Proposed NATO Hub in Ulyanovsk Sparks Protests

RuNet Echo

A wave of online indignation has since spread to the streets, leading to hunger strikes and anti-NATO marches in Ulyanovsk and Moscow, in response to a transport hub that will...

Guinea-Bissau: Coup d'Etat and the Angolan Military Mission

At nightfall on April 12, the military started yet another coup d'etat in Guinea-Bissau. In recent weeks, allegations of "generalized fraud" in the presidential elections, and the announcement of the...