Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?

By Sabine Fischer & Astrid Sahm

Belarus is politically deadlocked. The peaceful movement protesting against veteran ruler Alexander Lukashenko and the manipulation of the presidential election on August 9 is too strong for the state to simply suppress it by force. As long as the political leadership continues to respond with repression, the protest movement will persist and diversify. However, it lacks the institutional leverage to realize its demands. President Lukashenko...

The Extinct Race of “Reasonable Viewers” in the US

By Peter Isackson

Reporting on a defamation trial brought against Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Business Insider notes a rare but significant crack in the facade of contemporary media that could, if we were to pay attention, help to deconstruct the reigning hyperreality that has in recent decades overwhelmed public discourse in the US. To maintain its control not just of our lives but of our perception of the...

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How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

By Atul Singh

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to read. You...

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The Challenge With Jinnah’s Vision for Pakistan

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For as long as one can remember, the stunningly beautiful valley of Kashmir has been a tinder box of clashing ideologies and religious beliefs. In the not too distant past, it was known as the land of Rishis, holy seers who combined the profound philosophies of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sufism to create a uniquely syncretic spiritual tradition. Today, it is the...

By Vikram Zutshi & Rakesh Kaul