Most researchers and experts believe that populist parties and politicians peddling “alternative facts” will ultimately disappoint their supporters. Researchers and policy analysts fear the rise of an era in which expert evidence and advice are no longer considered to be of value. They find it extremely disturbing that post-factual election campaigns have been successful in Read More
Iranian-Americans are some of the most successful immigrant communities in the US. Iranian-Americans are “one of the most successful immigrant groups in our country’s contemporary history,” said the newly elected US President Donald Trump in a statement released marking the Iranian New Year, or Nowruz, in March. It was a halfhearted gesture considering his ensuing Read More
The Grenfell Tower fire exposes deep inequality in Britain. “Sometimes there is a news story that has a power that reaches beyond the material facts.” This is how British comedian-turned-activist Russell Brand opens his Trews segment on the Grenfell Tower disaster. “The image of a burning tower is loaded with significance, both modern and ancient,” Read More
In Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has his work cut out for him. King Salman’s appointment of his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as crown prince at the expense of his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, could prove to be a mixed blessing for a country in transition that faces significant challenges of its own Read More
Within the first five months in the White House, the Trump administration has begun to degrade the US stance on human rights. Even before President Donald Trump took the oath of office in January 2017, Human Rights Watch (HRW) declared him a threat to human rights, citing his US presidential campaign as a “vivid illustration of politics of intolerance.” Despite Read More
The World This Week
In North Kensington, a tower block on fire brings into stark focus increasing inequalities of the UK’s Thatcherite state. This week, two unconventional young men took charge in Europe. After his victory at the presidential polls, the 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron led La République en Marche, his...
Africa This Month
Eastern African famine is cause for concern as southern Africa’s bountiful harvests offer hope — as does the containing of an Ebola outbreak in a remote part of the continent. Much of Africa’s modern story has been told through the lens of fragility, famine and conflict. These three elements...