Uncertainty Looms Over Taliban Talks

Jul 22, 2019

The intra-Afghan conference held in Qatar on July 7-8 is the latest development in the ongoing peace talks convened since January, which have been led by the US special envoy for reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad. Yet it remains unclear what the Taliban's post-peace settlement vision, policies,...

Why Is Dubai So Rich?
Jul 22, 2019

Why Is Dubai So Rich?

The World After Climate Change
Jul 22, 2019

The World After Climate Change

Donald Trump: The Biggest Coward of Them All
Jul 22, 2019

Donald Trump: The Biggest Coward of Them All

In the Hyperreal World of US Education, Art Must Be Innocuous

In the Hyperreal World of US Education, Art Must Be Innocuous

Jul 22, 2019

One of the deepest features of any culture concerns the general approach to problem-solving. Some cultures, before defining the actions intended to solve any complex problem, privilege the idea of engaging in research. Others prefer contradictory public debate. And many cultures rely on guidance...

Telling a Story Through Photography

Telling a Story Through Photography

Jul 21, 2019

Photography is the art of discovery and observation. It is about finding the unexpected in ordinary settings and capturing the beauty and wonders of life at specific moments in time. Giving new perspectives to what otherwise might be missed, or considered banal, is one of the missions of...

Climate Change: A Contrarian View

Climate Change: A Contrarian View

Jul 20, 2019

We are inundated these days with ominous news on the extent and pace of climate change and the associated predictions of the looming catastrophe it carries with it — the ubiquitous planetary cry of the next generation who will soon inherit the Earth. A rallying cry seemingly to “save human...

What’s Really Behind China’s Falling GDP?

What’s Really Behind China’s Falling GDP?

Jul 20, 2019

The headlines grabbed attention: “China’s economy grows at slowest rate in nearly 30 years,” noted the Financial Times in a typical example. China’s GDP growth in the second quarter had slowed to 6.2%, the smallest gain since 1992, back when the country’s economy was first shifting into...

Morocco Is Not the Next Algeria or Sudan

Morocco Is Not the Next Algeria or Sudan

Jul 19, 2019

In an article published last month with the title, “Could Morocco see the next uprising, after Sudan and Algeria?” the BBC demonstrated a misunderstanding of Moroccan society by conflating civil unrest and public dissatisfaction over the kingdom’s leadership with the overall stability of the...

Google and Our Collective AI Future

Google and Our Collective AI Future

Jul 19, 2019

The pace of change in the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning arena is already breathtaking, and it promises to continue to upend conventional wisdom and surpass some of our wildest expectations as it proceeds on what appears at times to be an unalterable and pre-ordained course....

From Africa to Europe and Beyond, Democracy Is in Crisis

From Africa to Europe and Beyond, Democracy Is in Crisis

Jul 19, 2019

Democracy is in crisis across the globe. The problem of understanding what “the people” want or whose authority they will accept has become a dilemma for both the new democracies with their fragile economies that emerged in the period of European decolonization following World War II and the...

The Hidden Gems of Morocco

The Hidden Gems of Morocco

Jul 19, 2019

For many people, July 6 marked the passing of just another Saturday. But to over 1 billion people, it was of tremendous significance as it was the 25th UN International Day of Cooperatives. Over 12% of humanity contribute to one of the 3 million cooperatives on the planet. Cooperatives not only...

Let’s Meet the Real Boris Johnson

Let’s Meet the Real Boris Johnson

Jul 18, 2019

Boris Johnson is on course to become the next British prime minister. But, according to The Economist, he could be a dangerous leader.

Is There Really a Right Side of History?

Is There Really a Right Side of History?

Jul 18, 2019

In a stimulating and insightful article published this week on Fair Observer, researcher and author Rejeanne Lacroix examines a surprising paradox that helps illuminate the contradictions of a world that is clearly undergoing a confused historical transition from what appears to be a principle of...

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