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when Russian President Vladimir Putin told the The Financial Times in a much publicized interview that “liberalism is obsolete.”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 Death of Liberalism Has Been Proclaimed Before
Jul 15, 2019

The Death of Liberalism Has Been Proclaimed Before

Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste
Jun 25, 2019

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

Australia’s Own Brand of Radical Populism
Jun 20, 2019

Australia’s Own Brand of Radical Populism

Which Country Has Meddled with the Most Elections?

Which Country Has Meddled with the Most Elections?

Jun 13, 2019

Even though most Americans might find it hard to believe, the US was not the first country to have an election meddled with by an intrusive foreign power. In the US, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let's face it, when it comes to election meddling, it’s...

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...

A War with US Will Destroy Iran’s Reformist Movement

A War with US Will Destroy Iran’s Reformist Movement

Jun 04, 2019

The portrayal of the United States as a hostile adversary has helped hard-line conservatives to maintain their position within Iran's political system over the past 40 years. In the first week of May, the Trump administration accelerated the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group to the...

Without Fundamental Reforms to the Education System, Indians Will Not Innovate

Without Fundamental Reforms to the Education System, Indians Will Not Innovate

Jun 03, 2019

The education system, with terrible teaching that programs Indians to focus on tests, must change and put a focus on learning instead. In 2018, Apple’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak, visited India and made some fascinating observations on the country. He was humble enough to admit he knew little...

Inside the Wacky World of American Yoga

Inside the Wacky World of American Yoga

May 31, 2019

“Namaste, brother” says Chaitanya, a pudgy, rosy-cheeked man from Charlotte, North Carolina, smiling broadly at me and my friend Alison. He wears a sleeveless orange tank top and white cotton balloon pants. He tells us the moniker was bestowed on him after an elaborate naming ceremony conducted...

Following Russia Would Lead Europe Back to 1914

Following Russia Would Lead Europe Back to 1914

May 24, 2019

Vladimir Putin’s divide-and-conquer strategy has attracted a dyspeptic band of right-wing populists, euroskeptics and neo-Nazis, who will likely capture a large share in the European Parliament elections this week. Europe is voting in the much-anticipated elections this week to elect a new...

Like Ancient Greece, Modern Society Is Still Enthralled by Demagogues

Like Ancient Greece, Modern Society Is Still Enthralled by Demagogues

May 23, 2019

Judging by the success of populist parties around the world, their demagoguery works. In thinking about the rise of populism against centrist politics today, it is interesting to remind ourselves that similar divisions occurred in Ancient Greek philosophy. Aristotle, who lived in the 3rd...

How the Swedish Radical Right Hijacked Human Rights

How the Swedish Radical Right Hijacked Human Rights

May 16, 2019

It can be difficult to separate the alleged watchdogs of freedom from the bloodhounds of the populist radical-right discourse.  On June 6, 2017, Sweden’s national holiday, charges were filed with the Swedish international prosecution office against “a number of individuals in key positions...

The US Policy against Iran Is Strategically Illogical

The US Policy against Iran Is Strategically Illogical

May 14, 2019

The Trump administration remains seemingly undecided on what its goals on Iran really are. Hostility between the United States and Iran has evolved ever since Washington withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — the nuclear deal agreed between the Iranians and the P5+1...

How Deep Democracy Makes Health Services Healthier

How Deep Democracy Makes Health Services Healthier

May 14, 2019

Despite the incredible work that it does, the high demand for NHS services means the system is under constant pressure. A recent commentary in The Lancet by Helen Epstein discusses research that identifies health improvements and longevity in countries that have transitioned to democracy. The...

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