Merck’s Gesture to Save Humanity

By Peter Isackson

The media announced last week what appears to be a major breakthrough in pandemic news. It could be a turning point in the history of a pandemic that will soon celebrate its second birthday. “In the not-too-distant future,” according to MarketWatch, “you may be able to walk into a doctor’s office, get tested for SARS-CoV-2, and walk out with pills or a prescription if you...

China’s Policy of Illusory Security Is Destined to Fail in Afghanistan

By Bilal Rahmani

Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, China has been transformed into a paranoid state fanatically motivated by ensuring security at any and all cost. This obsession stems from the desire to maintain the physical security of the Chinese mainland, to safeguard Beijing’s investments abroad and to protect the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership from criticism, both external and internal. This security complex is the...

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Germany Lacks Political Courage to Welcome More Afghan Refugees

Germany Lacks Political Courage to Welcome More Afghan Refugees

By Kiran Bowry

Since the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan in August, debates in Germany have flared up whether the country should grant access to more Afghan refugees. In the run-up to the general election in September, German politicians faced a dilemma. How should they address this contentious issue among an electorate that,...


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The Interview

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has waxed and waned for several decades. The roots of it stem far beyond the most recent clashes in May that once again brought death and disaster to the region. The question arises: How far back do we look for an explanation of the current violence? Do we start with the 1967 conflict that resulted in Israel occupying...

By Abul-Hasanat Siddique & Avi Shlaim