Is Chanel Nº5 France’s Greatest Cultural Export?

October 29, 2021

When it comes to soft power, culture plays a crucial role in shaping attitudes and behavior, delivering more efficient and lasting results than other tools in the influence arsenal. American values were not enough to turn the course of the war in Afghanistan. All the science that supports COVID-19...

Macron Enriches French Vocabulary and Impoverishes Political Thought

March 03, 2021

France appears to be living through a strange transitional period that could be described as the waning of the Fifth Republic. It contains no sense of what a sixth republic might look like or why it might even be necessary. But today’s republic, with its unique electoral system, has achieved a...

Brazil vs. Argentina: Will Football Rivals Clash Over Politics?

January 20, 2020

Pelé, Di Stefano, Maradona, Ronaldo, Neymar, Messi: Brazil and Argentina have produced some of the best football players in history — and currently. All the elite Europeans teams have Brazilians and Argentinians in their cast. The national teams are also the biggest rivals in the world’s most...

Meet the New IMF, Same as the Old IMF

December 04, 2019

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has changed. Gone are the days when it would use its lending powers to strong-arm countries into adopting a slate of “free market” reforms that put the interests of investors before those of the people — or so it claims. The IMF truly has progressed...

Who’s the Liar: Ilhan Omar or Mike Pompeo?

May 06, 2019

Mike Pompeo wants Americans to understand two essential things: what he and John Bolton have to say about Venezuela is true and his skillset includes the art of lying, cheating and stealing. The US-supported coup attempt in Venezuela has failed. Even US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recognizes...

The National Ecosystem: Radical Right and Biodiversity

March 14, 2019

The national ecosystem must be preserved and remain pure — free from those who do not belong. While the significance of preserving and caring for the natural environment in radical-right thought might surprise some, it is thoroughly rooted in the importance some of these actors attach to the...

Macri Walks on Thin Ice in Argentina

February 26, 2019

To receive further financial aid from the IMF, the Argentine government has to enforce drastic and unpopular measures ahead of the October elections. The International Monetary Fund recently approved the second review of Argentina’s three-year stand-by agreement. In doing so, $7.6 billion was...

Move Left America: A New Message Is Coming

February 01, 2019

The ugly underbelly of capitalism for the wealthy has been exposed like never before by Trump and his cabal. It is time once again to take stock of the shocking level of disinterest among the political and corporate classes in the well-being of the lower classes in America. First, despite...

Frustration in Iran Leads to Fallout Online

January 18, 2019

Iranian youths want to speak their mind and express their frustration, but are doing so in counterproductive ways. Iranian society is divided more than ever. Social fragmentation stems from a range of issues, including foreign policy failures, widespread corruption, a lack of transparency,...

Trump Turns the G20 into the G19

December 07, 2018

On everything from climate to trade to the international order itself, the failure of the White House’s powers of persuasion were on full display at the G20. “Get me outta here.” At the recent G20 meeting in Argentina, Donald Trump was on the world’s stage when he muttered this aside to...

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