December 14, 2012

South Korean elections, Mario Monti press conference and Julian Assange statement feature in the penultimate week of 2012

By Jasper Wenban-Smith, international editor of ForesightNews. A round up of world news in the week ahead from journalist resource ForesightNews. Monday 17 December Monday marks two years since Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation, an act of protest that that inspired millions to challenge the status quo across the Middle East. Two years on, despite regime change in […]

June 29, 2009

Kirchners On the Ropes

I waited and waited and waited last night for Argentine strong-man Nestor Kirchner to speak. Just after midnight, I joined the general flow of people towards the door. All was quiet at campaign HQ. That boded ill for the country’s ruling party. Things, obviously, had not gone well at the mid-term polls. The scene couldn’t […]

March 31, 2009

Chávez’s cheque book diplomacy

Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s president and media phenomenon, is well known for his antics at home. For those out of touch with his singular leadership style, check out YouTube for his Sunday show Aló Presidente. Now attention is being drawn to his activities outside Venezuela’s borders. Chávez likes to cast himself as the modern day Simón […]

January 24, 2009

Cristina’s air mile bonanza

Cristina Kirchner, Argentina’s illustrious president, travelled to Cuba this week. The local press are giving her a hard time. First she got ill and had to postpone the trip. Her doctor says she’s suffering from stress and heat exhaustion. The country’s taxi drivers are convinced to a man that she was having some (more?) plastic […]