How Osama bin Laden Got His Revenge

July 27, 2020

It’s July 2020 and I’ve just turned 76, which, as far as I’m concerned, officially makes me an old man. So, put up with my aging, wandering brain here, since (I swear) I wasn’t going to start this piece with Donald Trump, no matter his latest wild claims or bizarre statements, increasingly...

Meet the Guru Hunter

August 11, 2019

On our first meeting, via video link, Be Scofield was somewhere on the East Coast of the United States. She wouldn’t say where exactly, but it was rural and peaceful. Her wood cabin, where she lay on a bed munching blue corn chips from a bag, was dimly lit. The scarf that’s always wrapped...

The Lost Generation of Syrian Children

March 16, 2017

Syria’s children will be a lost generation suffering not only from a life of violence and war, but a life of bleak opportunities. As the Syrian War marks its sixth year, the humanitarian crisis has become worse than ever. Those paying the highest price of the conflict are children. With no...

Survival Sex: A Violent, Dangerous Game

November 21, 2016

At the fringes of the sex industry in the north of England, men and women are selling sex to survive. Any local pizza parlor, on any given day. Bright lights, cheap plastic, the smell of frying grease. Men hanging around the cramped tables, coddling beer bottles, chatting. The owner lets a woman...

Mental Health as Foreign Policy: Trauma in the Arab World

November 04, 2016

The US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the response to the Islamic State. This series instead focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. In this final part, Ryan J. Suto discusses addressing the human...

The World This Week: 15 Years After 9/11

September 11, 2016

The effects of the 9/11 attacks live on today from the formation of the surveillance state to the rise of Islamic State, and how Obama’s successors deal with the legacy of September 11 will define this century. The attacks of September 11, 2001, were a turning point in world history. That...

How the Pain of 9/11 Still Stays With a Generation

September 11, 2016

Even indirect exposure to the terrorist attacks of September 11 has left a profound and deep impact on those too young to remember a world before that. The September 11, 2001, attacks were the worst acts of terrorism on American soil to date. Designed to instill panic and fear, the attacks were...

The World This Week: Thanksgiving, Climate Change and Argentina

November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving is a good time to remember that the vast majority of Americans migrated to the New World and that climate change is real. This week, Americans celebrated Thanksgiving. In a time-truncated society where people get a mere 15 days off and where distances are gargantuan, this national...

Refugees, War and Our Future

September 14, 2015

The refugee crisis is an opportunity to support the stateless and set up the necessary infrastructure in a world of unprecedented climate challenges. We turn our attention to Europe, compelled by shocking images of refugees’ deaths. To the stories of the stateless having identification...

Questioning Sandra Bland’s Unexplained Death

August 11, 2015

A detailed look at the Sandra Bland case raises tens of questions about her arrest and death. On July 10, the vibrant #BlackLivesMatter activist Sandra Bland was pulled over after changing lanes without using her turn signal. She was threatened and arrested by a police officer. Three days later...

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