What the “Deal of the Century” Means for Israel and Palestine

Mar 26, 2020

On January 28, US President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he hailed as the “deal of the century.” This is the latest attempt by the US to mediate between the Israelis and Palestinians and end the seven-decade-old...

Talking African Literature With Chigozie Obioma
Mar 05, 2020

Talking African Literature With Chigozie Obioma

In India, Women Entrepreneurs Are Still Outliers
Feb 11, 2020

In India, Women Entrepreneurs Are Still Outliers

Can Telling Stories Through Data Help Fight Misinformation in India?
Jan 23, 2020

Can Telling Stories Through Data Help Fight Misinformation in India?

Immigrants Provide a Net Gain to the US

Immigrants Provide a Net Gain to the US

Jan 16, 2020

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”

Naomi Wolf Talks Homophobia, Feminism and "Outrages"

Jan 08, 2020

The year 1990 witnessed several revolutionary changes, one of which was the release of “The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women,” written by Naomi Wolf. The “Beauty Myth” highlighted how male dominance is maintained by holding women to certain standards of beauty, and...

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

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

Dec 19, 2019

The US and China are the two biggest economies in the world. Over the decades, the two countries have been opponents, friends, frenemies and rivals. The US joined the European powers in the exploitation of China, opposed the spread of communism and fought Mao Zedong's young nation in Korea. This...

The US Empire’s Quest for Global Hegemony

The US Empire’s Quest for Global Hegemony

Nov 14, 2019

Making sense of US foreign policy under President Donald Trump is a daunting task. Since his inauguration in January 2017, Trump has made an array of decisions that have been nothing short of provocative, enraging US allies and adversaries alike. Trump’s critics believe he is barely cognizant...

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

Oct 23, 2019

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?

Oct 15, 2019

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...

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