What Is Driving the Protests in Latin America?

Nov 13, 2019

The first thing to bear in mind when looking at the recent violent demonstrations that have occurred in Latin American countries like Chile, Ecuador, Haiti and Bolivia is to resist the spell of common myths about the region. Latin America is a vast territory composed of 20 countries, from Mexico...

Examining Trump World’s Fantastic Claims About Ukraine
Nov 11, 2019

Examining Trump World’s Fantastic Claims About Ukraine

Donald Trump in Blunderland
Nov 05, 2019

Donald Trump in Blunderland

Can Iraq’s New Foreign Policy Approach Succeed?
Oct 30, 2019

Can Iraq’s New Foreign Policy Approach Succeed?

Turkey’s Syria Gamble May Be a Losing Game

Turkey’s Syria Gamble May Be a Losing Game

Oct 29, 2019

On October 22, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held a seven-hour summit in the resort town of Sochi to discuss Turkey’s incursion into northeastern Syria. Many experts and journalists are portraying the agreed deal as a success for Ankara and Moscow...

The Case Against Cats and Babies

The Case Against Cats and Babies

Oct 18, 2019

Two years ago, my wife and I went to a dog “salon” in a small French town on the other side of Geneva. The puppies were adorable, but even more were the kittens one breeder was exhibiting together with his puppies. Taking advantage of my obvious immediate infatuation with the tiny creatures,...

How Science Got Sound Wrong

How Science Got Sound Wrong

Oct 12, 2019

Neil Young was a famous rock musician in the 1970s, specializing in live performance and weird acoustic spaces, like the echo-filled iron sawdust burner I once camped in as a kid. In a recent interview for The New York Times Magazine, he claimed that digital compression technology — CD, MP3,...

Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in Poland: A Critique of Impure Reason

Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in Poland: A Critique of Impure Reason

Oct 11, 2019

It is already clear that the year 2019 in Poland will mark a record number of pride parades: 21 have already taken place and 6 further events are planned. The marches are organized not only in regional capitals but also locally, such as the march in Radomsko, a town of less than 50,000...

Sea Levels Are Rising, and So Are the People

Sea Levels Are Rising, and So Are the People

Oct 09, 2019

Look what Greta started and what she did to me! I took part in the recent climate-strike march in New York City, one of a quarter-million people (or maybe 60,000) who turned out there, along with 4 million others across all seven continents. Then I came home and promptly...

Sri Lanka Stands Up to Extremism

Sri Lanka Stands Up to Extremism

Oct 02, 2019

On July 30, a remarkable event took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, when representatives of multiple religions — Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Judaism — came together to express solidarity with the victims and survivors of the terrorist attacks that shook the island nation in...

Is the EU Alone Enough to Save the Iran Deal?

Is the EU Alone Enough to Save the Iran Deal?

Sep 19, 2019

Recently, the proclaimed “death” of the Iran nuclear deal has been presented as the reason behind the rapidly escalating tensions in the Strait of Hormuz and the basis for pessimistic speculations regarding an imminent war between Iran and the United States. Interestingly enough, hard-line...

Iran’s Destabilizing Agenda in North Africa

Iran’s Destabilizing Agenda in North Africa

Sep 18, 2019

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy is largely based on its revolutionary anti-Western rhetoric and hostility toward the US and some of Washington’s close allies in the Middle East. Since 1979, Tehran has relied on local proxies in the region, such as Lebanese Hezbollah, as well as a...

We’re Not the Good Guys

We’re Not the Good Guys

Sep 05, 2019

Headlined “U.S. Seeks Other Ways to Stop Iran Shy of War,” the article was tucked away on page A9 of a recent New York Times. Still, it caught my attention. Here's the first paragraph: “American intelligence and military officers are working on additional clandestine plans to...

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Strategic Genius, Arrogant Overreach or Something Else?

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Strategic Genius, Arrogant Overreach or Something Else?

Sep 04, 2019

President Xi Jinping, the modern-day emperor of China, clearly has a deep sense of history. On September 8, 2013, he gave a speech at Nazarbayev University in Almaty at the invitation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Xi quoted a Chinese saying — “ near neighbor is better...

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