What Is Driving the Protests in Latin America?

Nov 13, 2019

The first thing to bear in mind when looking at the recent violent demonstrations that have occurred in Latin American countries like Chile, Ecuador, Haiti and Bolivia is to resist the spell of common myths about the region. Latin America is a vast territory composed of 20 countries, from Mexico...

Why Does Transphobia Still Exist?
Nov 13, 2019

Why Does Transphobia Still Exist?

Is The Economist’s Influence Waning?
Nov 13, 2019

Is The Economist’s Influence Waning?

When Trump Calls World Leaders
Nov 13, 2019

When Trump Calls World Leaders

The Strained Saudi-Emirati Alliance

The Strained Saudi-Emirati Alliance

Nov 12, 2019

Since 2011, geopolitical influence in the Middle East has shifted toward wealthy Gulf states. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar's ambitious foreign policy agendas have shaped the region, as has the division between them.

The Indian Supreme Court’s Verdict on the Ayodhya Dispute

The Indian Supreme Court’s Verdict on the Ayodhya Dispute

Nov 12, 2019

I recently reviewed commentaries on the Indian Supreme Court's decision regarding the right to the title (ownership) over a piece of land in Ayodhya where the Babri mosque was built under the Mughal rule of Zahiruddin Babur more than 400 years ago. It is a spot that Hindus believe was the exact...

Turkey’s Plan in Syria: Squash Dreams of Kurdish Autonomy

Turkey's Plan in Syria: Squash Dreams of Kurdish Autonomy

Nov 12, 2019

As the Arab Spring morphed into a bloody civil war in Syria in 2011, there was an opportunity for the country’s Kurdish movement to establish, develop and consolidate an autonomous administration. Kurds in Syria have been under long-time oppression by the government of both Hafez al-Assad and...

Elizabeth Warren’s Grudging Acceptance of Billionaires

Elizabeth Warren’s Grudging Acceptance of Billionaires

Nov 12, 2019

Although direct rivals for the Democratic presidential primaries, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been working in some respects like a wrestling tag team. The media prefer to ignore the most serious implications of their strategy for the party itself and US society as a whole, but with...

Examining Trump World’s Fantastic Claims About Ukraine

Examining Trump World’s Fantastic Claims About Ukraine

Nov 11, 2019

In fantasy sports, participants draft their own dream teams out of the rosters of existing players. That’s what Donald Trump has done with Ukraine. He and his advisers have created a fantasy team involving a number of key players, including the Ukrainian president, the former US ambassador...

The Death and Life of Great Korean Cities

The Death and Life of Great Korean Cities

Nov 11, 2019

Mumbai Needs To Come Together to Prevent Annual Flooding

Mumbai Needs To Come Together to Prevent Annual Flooding

Nov 11, 2019

This year was an unusually wet one for Mumbai, the commercial capital of India. Until mid-September, the city received rainfall of 2,366 mm, which is 26% more than the usual average of 1,800 mm. This is an ominous trend of extreme weather events, a phenomenon the  frequency of which is rising...

Has MBS Emerged Intact After His Crimes?

Has MBS Emerged Intact After His Crimes?

Nov 11, 2019

It was first reported and initially denied by Saudi authorities. Then it was acknowledged as a “rogue” operation gone wrong. For the past year, every honest observer has clearly understood that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), ordered and most likely even stage-managed...

Chile Protests and the Rise of Political Risk in Latin America

Chile Protests and the Rise of Political Risk in Latin America

Just as it seemed that the leftist “pink tide” had finally receded across Latin America, a wave of social movements are shaking market-friendly governments in the region. While certainly a reflection of the polarized political climate on a global scale, the recent convulsions across the...

How to Reboot an Infected Nervous System

How to Reboot an Infected Nervous System

Nov 09, 2019

Yes, the world seems less trustworthy every day. Politics is corrupted, science is corrupted, the law is corrupted, etc. Worst of all, education and the news are corrupted, so we can’t even know what’s true. It’s like John Wanamaker said a hundred years ago, “I know 30% of my ad budget is...

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