Can Humanity Withstand the Assault of Deepfakes?

Nov 05, 2019

In early 2019, Foreign Affairs took a detailed look at the social and potentially political implication of the emergence of a phenomenon called “Deepfakes,” the result of recent advances in digital technology. The article describes the kind of manipulation of images and sound that now...

Donald Trump in Blunderland

Nov 05, 2019

There can be no question about it: Donald Trump is Lewis Carroll’s Queen of Hearts. “Off with his head!” was the president's essential suggestion for — to offer just one example — a certain whistleblower who fingered him on that now notorious Ukrainian phone...

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Strategic Genius, Arrogant Overreach or Something Else?

Sep 04, 2019

President Xi Jinping, the modern-day emperor of China, clearly has a deep sense of history. On September 8, 2013, he gave a speech at Nazarbayev University in Almaty at the invitation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Xi quoted a Chinese saying — “ near neighbor is better...

The Radical Right Makes a Comeback in Sri Lanka

Aug 12, 2019

Opposition to the postwar liberal world order seems like the new back to normal, as it is based on a natural impulse to shut out the feared “other” in order to be safe, rather than recklessly open and vulnerable. Neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky notes why this back to normal is natural and...

CNN Declares Saudi Arabia Redeemed and Ready to Lead

Jun 06, 2019

Saudi Arabia hosted a triple summit to consolidate and unify the policy of Arab nations in building opposition to Iran. CNN applauds its convergence with Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Reporting on the emergency summit Saudi Arabia organized to rally other Arab nations to its increasingly...

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