No sooner did the global elites leave their annual talking shop high in the Alps at Davos last week than the people spoke in Greece. In a mutiny against an untenable status quo, those who are run over have revolted against those who run things. Now righteous populism must face economic, financial and political realities if other European states don’t bend Greece’s way.
To keep up with the drama as it evolves over the coming weeks, we’ve connected WorldPost readers directly to the daily blog of Yanis Varoufakis, the self-described “erratic Marxist” who is now Greece’s finance minister. Writing from Athens, HuffPost Greece Editorial Director Sophia Papaioannou says Alexis Tsipras’ electoral victory will give suffering Greeks “space and time” to address their predicament. Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou argues that the path forward after the election is for a national referendum on a “Greek plan” for reform that will bind a now polarized nation. Rena Dourou, a deputy of the victorious Syriza party, notes that the vote was as much against the corruption of the formerly ruling political parties in Greece as it was against austerity.
Xenia Kounalaki, foreign editor of the Greek daily Kathimerini, wonders whether Spain, France and Italy will follow Greece’s revolt against austerity. Harris Ikonomopoulos views the Syriza victory as “Pyrrhic” unless its reform plans are supported by other EU states.
Writing from Tokyo, Japan’s former defense chief Yuriko Koike, says that Japan’s constitutional restrictions on using force have prevented it from taking action to free its hostages from ISIS, and argues that that must change. Writing from New Delhi, Pawan Khera examines whether President Obama’s visit to India revived the “Asian Arc of Democracy” strategy that would align India with other democracies in Asia against China.
As fierce battles flare anew in Ukraine, Alexander Motyl asks whether the war with Russia has passed a point of no return. Writing from Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spells out his worldview and says Russia will not be deterred by sanctions over Ukraine and will persist in doing “what we think is right and just.”
Writing from Rome, Sebastien Maillard explains in this month’s “Following Francis” why the Pope is so focused on Asia, where China may one day have the largest Christian population in the world. Writing from Managua, Father Ernesto Cardenal — the famous “liberation theologist” scolded by Pope John Paul II during the Nicaraguan revolution — calls Pope Francis “a real revolutionary.” In this week’s “Forgotten Fact,” we look at the unsolved terror attack in 1994 that has become the center of a current political storm in Argentina following the murder of the prosecutor in the case.
In an essay, Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji argues that “Islam is completely compatible with secularism.”
WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones reports that the victory over ISIS in Kobani came at such a grim cost that Syrians find it barely worth celebrating. She also profiles an escaped ISIS child soldier who is now speaking out. His message: “Don’t join the Islamic State.”
President Barack Obama outlines his plan for reviving the American middle class. Nobel laureate Joe Stiglitz slams “the stupid politics” that are preventing demand stimulus policies that would revive the global economy. Scott Malcomson ponders whether “globalization causes war” because of the disruption, dislocation and political reaction it engenders. WorldPost China Correspondent Matt Sheehan reports that Greenpeace sees “resolve” in the Chinese government to fulfill its plans to cut coal production in the fight against climate change, but the “rustbelt” city of Tangshan is paying the price.
In an interview with Alain Elkaan, Tom Stoppard talks about his new play on consciousness, “The Hard Problem.”
Finally, Nicolas Berggruen and Arianna Huffington mark The WorldPost’s first anniversary and note the availability of our new app “WorldPost Voices” and our revamped navigation bar at the top of the page, which links you to HuffPost international editions.
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