The US should not fear China’s ambitious infrastructure projects. It should jump onboard. The first freight train shipment from Britain to China began its journey in April following the first freight rail shipment from China to Britain in January. Traveling from one end of the vast Eurasian landmass to the other, this achievement is one of the Read More
Just days after wooing President Trump, policy differences have emerged among Gulf states. Cracks have appeared in a Saudi-led, US-backed anti-terrorism alliance just days after US President Donald Trump ended a historic visit to Riyadh. The issues stem from Qatar’s long-standing policy differences with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) about Iran and Read More
The only real solution to nuclear security is to strengthen the existing Nonproliferation Treaty. At the end of March, roughly 120 nations concluded the first round of negotiations on a new treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Visibly absent from the conference were the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and Read More
For Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, fame and fortune went together like a gin and tonic. Ernest Henry Shackleton, the eldest son of tenant-farming parents, was born on February 15, 1874, at Kilkea House, County Kildare, Eire. He was the oldest male and, therefore, the “elder statesman” of eight sisters (one older than him) and one Read More
Trump’s version of making up with Muslims apparently involves selling $110 billion-worth of arms to the most reactionary Muslim country on the planet. Conservatives used to love to lambaste Barack Obama for traveling abroad and “apologizing” for US conduct. Mitt Romney popularized the argument during one of the presidential debates in 2012. The “apology tour” became an Read More
The World This Week
The American social contract has withered gravely, making Trump far less accountable than Nixon for his many misdeeds. This has been a momentous week. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was re-elected with 57% of the vote. As per Al Jazeera, many saw the Iranian election as a referendum on...
Africa This Month
Despite economic shocks and political turmoil, the jettisoning of a shady nuclear deal and the launch of a malaria vaccine are great news for Africa. In the March edition of Africa This Month, the authors warned about the risk of famine in parts of the continent. This month, the Famine Early...