Global Pandemic Exposes Gender Inequality

Jul 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic lays bare a global crisis of gender inequality. While women have achieved considerable success in their fight for equality, they continue to face violence, discrimination and exclusion globally. Women are now disproportionately bearing the costs of the pandemic, surfacing...

If a Statue Offends My Sister, It Also Offends Me
Jul 02, 2020

If a Statue Offends My Sister, It Also Offends Me

Black Lives Matter Shines the Spotlight on the Shadow of Slavery
Jun 30, 2020

Black Lives Matter Shines the Spotlight on the Shadow of Slavery

America Can’t Afford to Sideline Domestic Abuse
Jun 30, 2020

America Can’t Afford to Sideline Domestic Abuse

When History in the US Finally Becomes Something to Think About

When History in the US Finally Becomes Something to Think About

Jun 26, 2020

With their focus on the present and occasionally on the future (for the visionaries and innovators), Americans have never been enamored of history as a subject of study. They have preferred simply to ingest the simplistic myths transcribed in textbooks produced in Texas that offer them that...

How Will COVID-19 Shape Our Society?

How Will COVID-19 Shape Our Society?

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...

Gone With the Wind: On the Pitfalls of Symbolic Politics

Gone With the Wind: On the Pitfalls of Symbolic Politics

Jun 19, 2020

A few days ago, Quaker Oats announced it would retire its 130-year-old brand of pancake syrup and breakfast foods, Aunt Jemima. The company acknowledged that the Aunt Jemima character was based on a racial stereotype. In the aftermath of the decision, other companies, among them Mars Food,...

Black Lives Matter Protests Are Not the Cultural Revolution

Black Lives Matter Protests Are Not the Cultural Revolution

Jun 19, 2020

In their effort to transform their discomfort with the current #BlackLivesMatter protests into a superficially sophisticated critique, right-wing “intellectuals” in the United States and Europe have latched onto a dubious historical analogy. When former congressman Newt Gingrich,...

It’s Time for #MeToo to Address Structural Racism

It’s Time for #MeToo to Address Structural Racism

Jun 17, 2020

The impact of the #MeToo movement has no doubt been useful in getting us to speak about the traumas we experience in various spaces. But there is more to be done. Every institution, ranging from private to public, which includes professional, religious, political, educational and social...

How Social Media Is Changing Our World

How Social Media Is Changing Our World

Jun 17, 2020

Social media platforms started out humbly, existing simply as a way to connect with old friends, share photographs and inform your social network of changes in your life. However, as social media continues to grow, the effect and influence it has on the world at large are undeniably far more...

Sweden Leads the Way on Uighur Rights

Sweden Leads the Way on Uighur Rights

Jun 16, 2020

Article 1 of the UN Refugee Convention defines a refugee as “someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.” In...

Remembering Germany’s Dark Colonial History

Remembering Germany’s Dark Colonial History

Jun 16, 2020

Germany is the great latecomer in Western Europe. For much of its history, Germany was a territorial space occupied by dozens of autonomous political entities — kingdoms, principalities, duchies, margraviates, free cities. It was not until 1870 that Germany was united. By then, the world...

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

Jun 15, 2020

While celebrating the contribution of refugees, we must acknowledge the importance of all who are driven from their homelands not only by fear and terror, but also by desperate need. Human bridges and personal connections have been built by great movements across the globe as people escape war and...

Marriage Equality Is Still a Dream for India’s LGBTQ Community

Marriage Equality Is Still a Dream for India’s LGBTQ Community

Jun 12, 2020

On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in a landmark decision, Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India, decriminalizing consensual sexual intercourse between consenting adults of the same sex. More than a year and a half later and on the...

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