Immigrants Provide a Net Gain to the US

The coming to power of Donald Trump has reignited the debate on immigration and multiculturalism in the United States. His stringent policies and the efforts to slash both legal and illegal immigration to the US have been at the forefront of controversy since he took office in January 2017,...

Naomi Wolf Talks Homophobia, Feminism and “Outrages”
Jan 08, 2020

Naomi Wolf Talks Homophobia, Feminism and "Outrages"

David Petraeus: It Doesn’t Pay to Bet Against Modern China
Dec 19, 2019

David Petraeus: It Doesn’t Pay to Bet Against Modern China

The US Empire’s Quest for Global Hegemony
Nov 14, 2019

The US Empire’s Quest for Global Hegemony

In Norway, Negative Attitudes Toward Muslims Are Still Widespread

In Norway, Negative Attitudes Toward Muslims Are Still Widespread

Nov 05, 2019

The World Happiness Report published by the United Nations in March this year identified Norway as the world’s third happiest country. The Scandinavian nation is doing remarkably well when it comes to key variables that influence well-being, such as income, freedom, trust, life expectancy,...

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

The TED website describes Kishore Mahbubani, a career diplomat from Singapore, as someone who “re-envisions global power dynamics through the lens of rising Asian economies.” This description is not just apt for Mahbubani but also for his new book, “Has the West Lost It?” The title may...

White Supremacists Are No Longer Hiding in the Shadows

White Supremacists Are No Longer Hiding in the Shadows

Oct 17, 2019

Democracy is on the decline. In 2018, the Freedom in the World report published by Freedom House recorded the 12th consecutive year of retreating global freedom. This included established democracies like the United States as well as authoritarian countries such as China and...

Is It Safe to Travel to Iran?

Is It Safe to Travel to Iran?

Iran is a country with a rich culture. Those who know about its ancient history probably agree that it shouldn’t be judged based on the events after the 1979 revolution. Indeed, there are many people across the globe who simply know Iran through the mainstream media’s portrayal of the oil-rich...

Climate Financing Can Help Developing Countries Reject Fossil Fuels

Climate Financing Can Help Developing Countries Reject Fossil Fuels

Sep 26, 2019

As Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg's speech at the UN created ripples worldwide, millions of youngsters took to the streets, protesting against climate injustice and the failure to reduce carbon emissions. Aside from Thunberg, many other youth activists, including Xiye Bastida and...

Trump Might Find Himself Accidentally at War

Trump Might Find Himself Accidentally at War

Sep 25, 2019

After Iran shot down a $220-million US unmanned aerial vehicle over the Strait of Hormuz on June 20, President Donald Trump said the United States was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate. He apparently rescinded his decision only 10 minutes before the attack was to be carried out, after his...

Talking Islamophobia With Tahir Abbas

Talking Islamophobia With Tahir Abbas

Sep 23, 2019

Driven by the rise of the far right and white nationalist movements, Islamophobia is on a rising tide, with widespread discrimination and record-high attacks on Muslims across the Western world. Norway recently avoided a tragedy when three Muslim men prevented a 21- year-old gunman from carrying...

Can Art Change the World?

Can Art Change the World?

Sep 17, 2019

Miniature painting is a genre in Persian and Indian art that has survived the passage of time. Indo-Persian miniature painting, a common heritage of the two nations, was originally an artwork adorning text that reached its climax of glory during the 15th and 16th centuries. Miniature...

Can Religious Communities Help Solve World Problems?

Can Religious Communities Help Solve World Problems?

Sep 05, 2019

People follow different paths to find meaning for their lives. For many, religion is a way of embracing spirituality. In a world plagued by loneliness, anxiety and conflict, religion can help people find peace of mind and inner calm. Since the beginning of time, humankind has resorted...

Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered

Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered

Aug 22, 2019

Malawi is one of the most impoverished nations on the planet. It is experiencing what officials describe as a “population explosion” in a society with inadequate resources. As of 2018, Malawi is the third poorest country in the world with a GDP per capita of only $342, according to the...

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