America's Parallel Realities: Are We All in the Wrong Movie?

Sep 10, 2020

In the early 1960s, one of the most popular series on American television was “The Twilight Zone.” This was a time when television, even in the United States, was still in black and white. Most of the show’s episodes were riveting, poignant and, in a number of cases, scary as hell —...

No Credible Alternative to the US Grand Strategy in Europe
Sep 04, 2020

No Credible Alternative to the US Grand Strategy in Europe

Discovery of Natural Gas Exposes Turkey’s Political Rifts
Sep 01, 2020

Discovery of Natural Gas Exposes Turkey’s Political Rifts

Britain Fails Its Exams
Aug 27, 2020

Britain Fails Its Exams

Monetizing Children’s Brains Means the End of Our Species

Monetizing Children’s Brains Means the End of Our Species

Aug 24, 2020

Fair Observer’s Atul Singh told me of his own friend, Pankaj, a father of three daughters. Pankaj was concerned that his daughters have been subjected to around three to seven hours a day of online classes, and he felt it was deeply wrong. I was invited by Fair Observer to write an article...

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,...

The Future Doesn’t Look Good

The Future Doesn’t Look Good

Aug 13, 2020

Let me be blunt. This wasn’t the world I imagined for my denouement. Not faintly. Of course, I can’t claim I ever really imagined such a place. Who, in their youth, considers their death and the world that might accompany it, the one you might leave behind for younger generations? I’m 76...

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...

China Closes in on the US in Science

China Closes in on the US in Science

Aug 09, 2020

China has for the first time taken the top position in the Nature Index as the biggest producer of high-quality research in chemistry. What will the future of China science look like? Quantum physics may be science on an impossibly small scale, but it is one field where China is staking a...

The Bologna Attack of 1980: Italy’s Unhealed Wound

The Bologna Attack of 1980: Italy’s Unhealed Wound

Aug 01, 2020

The clock struck 10:25 am on August 2, 1980, when a bomb exploded at Bologna’s Central Train Station. The attack plunged the city, known at the time for its left-wing politics and home to one of the oldest universities on the continent, into chaos. One of the deadliest terrorist attacks in...

How Osama bin Laden Got His Revenge

How Osama bin Laden Got His Revenge

Jul 27, 2020

It’s July 2020 and I’ve just turned 76, which, as far as I’m concerned, officially makes me an old man. So, put up with my aging, wandering brain here, since (I swear) I wasn’t going to start this piece with Donald Trump, no matter his latest wild claims or bizarre statements, increasingly...

What Has COVID-19 Done to Small Businesses?

What Has COVID-19 Done to Small Businesses?

Jul 27, 2020

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are businesses with revenues, assets or employees below a certain threshold. SMEs are important to the health of any country as they tend to form the backbone of the economy. When compared to large enterprises, SMEs are generally greater in...

The Transatlantic Slave Trade Led to the Birth of Racism

The Transatlantic Slave Trade Led to the Birth of Racism

Jul 23, 2020

The legacy of the transatlantic slave trade still lives on. It began in the 15th century and only ended in the 19th. Even today, the descendants of slaves deal with horrific racism. This led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US. Nothing in human history compares with the slave...

India Must Abandon Nehru’s Failed Non-Aligned Policy to Confront China

India Must Abandon Nehru’s Failed Non-Aligned Policy to Confront China

Jul 22, 2020

Troops from India and China have clashed this year in Ladakh and North Sikkim at the border between the two countries. Although there are immediate reasons for the clash, the deeper causes of India’s border disputes with both China and Pakistan are its post-independence historic blunders. India...

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