How Tolerant Is Russian Society?

Sep 30, 2019

Russia has published the full results of opinion polls regarding xenophobia, including attitudes toward LGBTQ people in 2018 and the first half of 2019. If we supplement it with data on hate crimes, a clearer picture of the level of tolerance in Russian society today emerges. This information is...

Without Free and Fair Elections, Afghanistan’s Economy Will Not Recover

Sep 25, 2019

Afghanistan’s presidential election, scheduled for September 28, will hopefully bring the 9.6 million registered voters to the polling stations, 35% of them women. The election is essentially a rematch between the current president, Ashraf Ghani, and his chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, plus...

Repression Is No Longer Enough to Stem the Anger of Iran’s Minorities

May 09, 2019

Disregarding the vital role of Iran’s non-Persian minorities can only divide and weaken the opposition, leaving it with insufficient support to challenge or overthrow the current regime.  Throughout history, dictators and authoritarians have expended great efforts in presenting their nations...

Without Ethnic Minorities, Regime Change in Iran Will Remain a Distant Hope

Apr 04, 2019

Iran’s history shows that its ethnic minorities have always been the Achilles’ heel for any regime. On February 1, 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from exile and, 10 days later, 2,500 thousand years of monarchy came to an end. Although the majority of those who started the...

America: A Third World Country without Malaria

Oct 09, 2018

Avaricious elites, their self-serving courtiers and entrenched interest groups have ripped up the social contract in America, making lives of millions worse. Three years ago, Pablo Pardo of El Mundo remarked to this author that he found America fascinating. The reason he gave was revealing. He...

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