If the US remains a world player, it will still be faced with five empires. Bernard Henri Levy, the French intellectual and provocateur, recently said that, in the wake of the US withdrawal into itself, the world stage would feature five empires. These would be Russia, Iran, Turkey, Islamic extremism and the commercial might of Read More
Theresa May wants flexibility in EU talks, which her Euroskeptic backbenchers do not currently allow. Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton explains. British Prime Minister Theresa May has decided to call an early election before the practical outworking of her Brexit strategy becomes obvious to voters. She wants to be free to modify her strategy, Read More
From its founding, the United States has been a nation made by wars. On successive days recently, I saw two museum shows that caught something of a lost American world and seemed eerily relevant in the age of Donald Trump. The first, “Hippie Modernism,” an exploration of the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s (heavy Read More
Poverty is no less than a nightmare, but in places like India the key problem is mindset. According to an article in The Huffington Post, almost 385 million children worldwide lived in extreme poverty as of 2013. The article further outlines that India alone has more than 30% of children living in extreme poverty — the Read More
The Indonesian capital’s new governor has got some work to do. In Indonesia, the election of Jakarta’s governor took place smoothly and peacefully this week. Anies Baswedan, former minister of education and culture, defeated the incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is known colloquially as Ahok. In a vote that saw mass polarization among Indonesians, the result must Read More
The World This Week
By failing to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Republicans have put into question their ability to govern the US. On March 22, a terror attack in Westminster left at least four dead and more than 40 injured. Khalid Masood, a 52-year old who had spent time in prison for violence, became the...
Africa This Month
Climate change, droughts, floods, growing populations, civil strife, slowing economies and flailing states are putting lives of millions at risk. As these authors have pointed out earlier, Africa’s landscape is on uncertain ground as the global economy experiences a downturn. Of course, some...