COVID-19 and Populism: A Bad Combination for Europe’s Banks

Jul 13, 2020

As Germany takes over the EU’s rotating presidency, Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the bloc is facing a triple challenge: the coronavirus pandemic — in retreat but still requiring constant vigilance — the EU’s steepest-ever economic downturn and political demons waiting in the wings,...

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face
Jul 09, 2020

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

The Wirecard Debacle Calls for a Rethink
Jul 01, 2020

The Wirecard Debacle Calls for a Rethink

Who’s the Dealer and What’s the Deal?

Who’s the Dealer and What’s the Deal?

Jul 01, 2020

The verdict is in. Contrary to what some have maintained, what COVID-19 has provoked is not just another recession in the eternally recurring cycles of capitalism. Not even a Great Recession, like the one the world began wading through 12 years ago. This time, it is clearly our second Great...

How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Economy?

How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Economy?

Jun 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to...

For Capitalism, System Change Is Absolutely Necessary — But Is It Possible?

For Capitalism, System Change Is Absolutely Necessary — But Is It Possible?

Jun 25, 2020

Spencer Bokat-Lindell, a staff editor at The New York Times, explores the meaning behind the messaging put forward by major enterprises in the wake of the anti-racism protest movement that arose after George Floyd was killed in police custody. That political leaders and figures in the world of...

COVID-19 Puts the Brakes on the “World’s Fastest City”

COVID-19 Puts the Brakes on the “World’s Fastest City”

Jun 15, 2020

Dubai — memorably called the world’s fastest city by author and analyst Jim Krane — was already traveling in the slow lane when COVID-19 arrived. The Gulf city-state is one of seven that make up the United Arab Emirates. It had survived the crash of 2009 and thrived anew on...

Hospitals Once Offered Charity — Now They Demand It

Hospitals Once Offered Charity — Now They Demand It

Jun 11, 2020

The New York Times describes HCA Healthcare as “one of the world’s wealthiest hospital chains” whose profits over the past two years have exceeded $7 billion.” But these are troubled times and HCA’s executives now understand that sacrifices must be made. The Times reports that...

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Jun 10, 2020

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is grappling with COVID-19, an unresolved war in Yemen and collapsed oil prices. At the same time, recurrent purges of opponents of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) are harming the country’s foreign investment climate. Within this context, the ambitious Vision...

Is the COVID-19 Bailout Another Scam on American Taxpayers?

Is the COVID-19 Bailout Another Scam on American Taxpayers?

Jun 07, 2020

A young Karl Marx once famously wrote that history repeats itself “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” At the height of the 2008-09 economic recession, Barack Obama’s administration unveiled an $832-billion stimulus package aimed at stabilizing the...

The New Normal Is Nothing New

The New Normal Is Nothing New

Jun 05, 2020

The phrase “the new normal” has been around, according to CBS News, since the end of World War I. Its use has escalated since the 2008-09 financial crisis and implies that life will never go back to the way it was, although one hardly notices any changes in the way financial markets do...

Can the US Help Central Asia Reclaim the Silk Road?

Can the US Help Central Asia Reclaim the Silk Road?

Jun 03, 2020

Everyone likes a snappy pop-cultural title with which to approach international politics and strategy because it makes relatable what is often viewed as an opaque process of the elites. Rudyard Kipling’s “Great Game” was a chessboard and originally referred to the various schemes and...

The Challenges Facing the Eurozone

The Challenges Facing the Eurozone

Jun 01, 2020

The current public health crisis has become a major challenge for European economies. It particularly affects countries in the southern part of the eurozone, as they are still suffering from the effects of the euro debt crisis of 2009-12. In the absence of a convincing fiscal policy response from...

Load More