Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought

Jul 16, 2019

Mainstream discussions over the future of liberalism rose once again ahead of the G20 Summit in Osaka, when Russian President Vladimir Putin told the The Financial Times in a much publicized interview that “liberalism is obsolete.” This viewpoint is especially appreciated by those united in a...

The US Educational System’s War on History
Jul 15, 2019

The US Educational System’s War on History

What Sotheby’s Tells Us About the Art Market
Jul 15, 2019

What Sotheby’s Tells Us About the Art Market

Image of Dead Immigrant Child Torches America
Jul 15, 2019

Image of Dead Immigrant Child Torches America

The Death of Liberalism Has Been Proclaimed Before

The Death of Liberalism Has Been Proclaimed Before

Jul 15, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent designation of liberal values as “obsolete” may sound familiar. This is not the first time the death of liberalism has been announced. As George Dangerfield’s classic study put it, the early years of the 20th century saw the “strange death” of...

Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste

Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste

Jun 25, 2019

The notion of purity and pollution underpins personal habits, social mores, public health challenges and India’s resilient caste system. This is the last of a three-part series.  This final piece of a three-part series examines the Indian psyche and how it effects society and everyday lives....

What If Michael Jackson Had Lived?

What If Michael Jackson Had Lived?

Jun 21, 2019

Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009, has become one the most castigated figures in recent history. What if he’d lived to see it? What if, on June 24, 2009, the paramedics had arrived at Michael Jackson’s home in Los Angeles at 12:24pm — two minutes earlier than they actually did...

US Education’s Discomfort with Teaching History

US Education’s Discomfort with Teaching History

Jun 21, 2019

A parent in Tennessee discovers that her daughter’s introduction to the Civil War includes asking to think like a slaveholder. Everyone knows that the most prominent founders of United States — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison — were slaveowners. Americans also know that...

Rosy Image of US Equality Glosses Over Systemic Racism

Rosy Image of US Equality Glosses Over Systemic Racism

Jun 21, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Dr. Tsedale Melaku, a critical race and gender scholar at the City University of New York.  The United States thrives on being a multicultural and diverse society that guarantees individual freedoms and rights to all its citizens....

The Dismal State of #MeToo in India

The Dismal State of #MeToo in India

Jun 17, 2019

A dismissed case of sexual harassment in Bollywood shows just how behind India is in its journey toward gender equality. The past days have seen a whirlwind of accusations and emotions surrounding the #MeToo movement in India that are truly representative of the abysmal state of women’s...

Cleaning India with the Indian Notion of Hygiene

Cleaning India with the Indian Notion of Hygiene

Jun 14, 2019

More than constructing toilets, India needs to change the way its people think, behave and act when it comes to personal and public hygiene. This is the second of a three-part series. Indians have some of the most elaborate cleaning rituals in the world. It has roots in a peculiarly Indian sense...

The University at Buffalo Talks to Fair Observer

The University at Buffalo Talks to Fair Observer

Jun 13, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Satish Tripathi, the president of the University at Buffalo. A member of the Association of American Universities, the University at Buffalo (UB) is the largest and most comprehensive public research university in the State University of...

Belarus Understands the Diplomatic Power of Sport

Belarus Understands the Diplomatic Power of Sport

Jun 11, 2019

It seems Minsk is becoming a fixture on the international sporting calendar despite the widely condemned human rights situation in Belarus. The second edition of the European Games is set to kick off on June 21 in Minsk, Belarus. Events covering 15 different sports, from archery to sambo, will...

The Authoritarian Quest for a Sovereign Internet

The Authoritarian Quest for a Sovereign Internet

Jun 05, 2019

The next steps by the likes of China and Russia toward segmentation of the internet, and the way private companies respond, will make or break the World Wide Web. On February 12, the Russian State Duma passed a bill to create a “sovereign” internet, demanding independence from global servers...

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