America Is a Nation in Darkness

Jul 13, 2020

As America’s 2020 Independence Day fades from memory, many things are clearer. Americans love to go to beaches and bars as their petri dishes of choice, masks are a better idea than they were before Independence Day, there will never be a national pandemic response as long as Trump is president,...

Global Pandemic Exposes Gender Inequality
Jul 13, 2020

Global Pandemic Exposes Gender Inequality

COVID-19 and Populism: A Bad Combination for Europe’s Banks
Jul 13, 2020

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

Getting Qatar’s Tourism Sector Back on Track After COVID-19
Jul 13, 2020

Getting Qatar's Tourism Sector Back on Track After COVID-19

Deutsche Bank Regrets Its “Association” With Jeffrey Epstein

Deutsche Bank Regrets Its “Association” With Jeffrey Epstein

Jul 10, 2020

Deutsche Bank looms over vast swaths of the European economy as a financial powerhouse. It carries a reputation, even among its German customers, of being the schoolyard bully in the nation’s prestigious banking industry.  The New York Times, in an article by Matthew Goldstein, has...

A New Hysteria Around History in the US

A New Hysteria Around History in the US

Jul 09, 2020

In its report on US President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July weekend in the shadow of Mount Rushmore, the Associated Press characterized his speech as “a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day.” While Trump himself “zeroed in on the desecration by some...

Should Hezbollah Be Disarmed?

Should Hezbollah Be Disarmed?

Jul 09, 2020

Amid Lebanon’s ongoing anti-government protests, various demonstrators have held signs demanding “No weapons but legal weapons. 1559, make it happen.” This is a clear reference to Hezbollah, a hybrid organization, political party, social movement and a regional player with global...

The City on the Hill Has Lost Its Shine and Its Bounce

The City on the Hill Has Lost Its Shine and Its Bounce

Jul 08, 2020

In a dramatic headline, Yahoo News expresses its surprise if not dismay that a “staggering 62 percent of Americans no longer see America as Ronald Reagan's 'shining city on a hill.'” Yahoo and YouGov published their poll to give an idea of the mood of the nation on this year’s Fourth of July...

Has Putin Won the Vote on Constitutional Amendments?

Has Putin Won the Vote on Constitutional Amendments?

Jul 08, 2020

On July 3, the Russian central election commission announced the results of the nationwide vote on constitutional reforms, the biggest shake-up of the constitution since it was adopted in 1993. According to official data, 77.92% of voters, or 57.7 million people, cast their ballots in favor of the...

Modi’s Fantasy Versus Xi’s Reality

Modi's Fantasy Versus Xi's Reality

Jul 07, 2020

By banning TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expanded its ongoing military confrontation with China to include trade. While it will keep his voters happy, the brewing stand-off has exposed the yawning gap between global geopolitics and Modi’s propaganda....

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

Paraguay’s current president, Mario Abdo Benitez, was elected in April 2018. When he was sworn into office in August that year, it represented a second consecutive five-year term in power for the conservative Colorado Party, following the right-wing presidency of Horacio Cartes. At 48, Abdo...

Did COVID-19 Originate in China?

Did COVID-19 Originate in China?

Jul 07, 2020

For months, as the COVID-19 disease was spreading and hundreds of thousands of people were dying across the world, accusations amplified by the media flew across borders in a global blame game. They raised three great destabilizing questions: Which nation was responsible for bringing COVID-19 into...

Don’t Allow the Buffalo in India to Be Cowed Down

Don’t Allow the Buffalo in India to Be Cowed Down

Jul 06, 2020

Italy has a mere 400,000 buffaloes. Yet the country guards them as precious national wealth. The celebrated mozzarella cheese is made from buffalo milk. Italians use this iconic cheese in salads, pizzas, pasta and more. Such is the status of this cheese that “mozzarella di bufala” enjoys legal...

In Sierra Leone, COVID-19 Could Make Maternal Mortality Worse

In Sierra Leone, COVID-19 Could Make Maternal Mortality Worse

Jul 06, 2020

Six years ago, Sierra Leone was fighting Ebola, an infectious disease that devastated the country for almost two years. Today, like most countries around the world, the West African nation is in the midst of fighting another disease: COVID-19. The Ebola outbreak not only killed thousands of...

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