COVID-19 Drives Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia

Sep 18, 2020

For the past decade, I have been researching the impact of Islamophobia on social media. After the outbreak of COVID-19, I was commissioned, alongside my colleague Roxana Khan Williams, by the chair and independent members of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group to produce an evidenced-based...

Scientists’ Social Engagement Is Needed to Stem the COVID-19 Pandemic

Scientists’ Social Engagement Is Needed to Stem the COVID-19 Pandemic

Donald Trump: A President Against His People
Sep 14, 2020

Donald Trump: A President Against His People

Clean Water Is Crucial in the Fight Against COVID-19
Sep 14, 2020

Clean Water Is Crucial in the Fight Against COVID-19

The Skies of Post-COVID Education Are Darkening

The Skies of Post-COVID Education Are Darkening

Sep 14, 2020

In an article on Al Jazeera published on September 1, Kathleen Siddell, a freelance writer and former teacher who lives in Southern California, made a compelling case concerning the question that many parents on the West Coast (and elsewhere) were concerned about at that moment of history. She...

Will Chile Listen to Its People?

Will Chile Listen to Its People?

Sep 11, 2020

The country with the highest per capita infection rate of COVID-19 is in South America — but it isn’t Brazil. Chile, despite its high incomes and access to resources, has struggled to keep the pandemic under control and suffers from infection rates higher than the United States, which...

Did a French Far-Right Thinker Predict 2020?

Did a French Far-Right Thinker Predict 2020?

Sep 10, 2020

The year 2020 has thrown the world into disarray, with a severe pandemic creating many unforeseen challenges. The COVID-19 plague has so far infected nearly 30 million people worldwide, with the death toll climbing toward a million. With rising unemployment and sector-specific industry...

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

Sep 07, 2020

It might come as a surprise that the Gulf states have more than a passing interest in events in Belarus. Beyond growing economic ties, the political drama provides valuable lessons for the region’s monarchies and their efforts to maintain standards of living for their citizens without...

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

Aug 28, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 initially looked like a gift to autocrats around the world. What better pretext for a state of emergency than a pandemic? It was a golden opportunity to close borders, suppress civil society and issue decrees left and right (mostly right). Donald Trump in the United...

Will Millennials and Zoomers Save the Future?

Will Millennials and Zoomers Save the Future?

Aug 19, 2020

“All of you young people who served in the war. You are all a lost generation.” This famous phrase is credited to Gertrude Stein by Ernest Hemingway, who popularized it in the epigraph to his 1926 novel “The Sun also Rises.” The phrase encapsulates the feelings of a generation,...

Boris Johnson Takes Britain Back to Square One

Boris Johnson Takes Britain Back to Square One

Aug 18, 2020

Not only has UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to learn from other countries’ dealings with COVID-19, he has stubbornly refused to learn from his own experience. He is the true king of fools. It would be laughable were it not for the tens of thousands of deaths he and his government are...

Should Schools Rely on Ed Tech?

Should Schools Rely on Ed Tech?

Aug 12, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools closed their doors this spring, impacting the lives of 1.5 billion students around the world and sending teachers and school administrators scrambling to keep students connected to learning opportunities. To do this they deployed a range of old and new...

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

Aug 07, 2020

It is hard to think of impending natural hazard-related disasters in the middle of a global pandemic. But it is absolutely essential that policymakers do so. This year, due in part to climate change, scientists predict one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record. In fact, nine...

Is Europe More United Than the US?

Is Europe More United Than the US?

Aug 04, 2020

During the Trump era, America increasingly seems like a motley collection of states brought together for reasons of territorial contiguity and little else. The conservative South is ravaged by a pandemic. The liberal Northeast waits patiently for elections in November to oust a tyrant. A...

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