Will Qatar Succeed in Hosting the First Carbon-Neutral World Cup?

The 22nd FIFA World Cup in 2022 will be hosted by Qatar, meaning that for the first time in history the international association football bonanza will be held in the Arab world. Football aficionados are waiting to see how a Muslim-majority country that beat the United States as host will deliver...

It’s Time to Rethink Our Approach to Medicine
May 22, 2020

It's Time to Rethink Our Approach to Medicine

The Dangers of Facing COVID-19 at Sea
May 22, 2020

The Dangers of Facing COVID-19 at Sea

Trump’s Great Disentanglement From China
May 22, 2020

Trump’s Great Disentanglement From China

Central Europe Tiptoes Into the New World After Coronavirus

Central Europe Tiptoes Into the New World After Coronavirus

May 21, 2020

Classic textbooks teach us that economic shocks typically hit either the demand or the supply sides of the economy. They usually stem from domestic developments, but sometimes they emerge from abroad. COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has...

COVID-19 Casts a Shadow Over Swedish Exceptionalism

COVID-19 Casts a Shadow Over Swedish Exceptionalism

May 21, 2020

Sweden has dealt with the global COVID-19 pandemic very differently from the other Nordic countries. All but Sweden are led by women. The female prime ministers in Denmark, Norway and Finland closed down their countries in the middle of March and have dealt with the pandemic in an open, inclusive...

Abuse in Lockdown: Gender Violence in the Philippines

Abuse in Lockdown: Gender Violence in the Philippines

May 20, 2020

On April 6, it was reported that the Commission on Human Rights was calling for stronger measures to tackle the increased rates of domestic violence incidents in the Philippines due to the lockdown measures that were implemented on March 16. The quarantine is worsening the problem of...

Indonesia’s Policy Over Travel Leads to Confusion for Eid

Indonesia’s Policy Over Travel Leads to Confusion for Eid

May 20, 2020

Indonesia has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. At the time of publishing, there have been more than 19,000 confirmed cases and over 1,200 deaths. Due to a lack of testing — just 776 people per 1 million in a country with a population of 268 million — the number of infections is...

Can US Special Operations Command Be Held Accountable?

Can US Special Operations Command Be Held Accountable?

May 20, 2020

Last October, a group of eight Apache attack and CH-47 Chinook helicopters carrying US commandos roared out of an airfield in Iraq. They raced through Turkish airspace and across the Syrian border, coming in low as they approached a village just north of Idlib province where Islamic...

The Culling of the Herd

The Culling of the Herd

May 19, 2020

You don't have to be within an eyeshot of the great plains to know about the “culling” of the herd. Where I grew up, near a small farm in New England, we kids knew all about “culling.” Across the road, on the far side of the cornfield, near the tree line, there would be a...

Has COVID-19 Launched a New Era of Deadly Pandemics?

Has COVID-19 Launched a New Era of Deadly Pandemics?

May 19, 2020

There are many theories as to how COVID-19 began. Some of them are plausible, others are nonsensical. US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have done their bit to fan such theories. Many in the world believe that the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was either released...

Vladimir Putin Keeps a Tight Grip on Power

Vladimir Putin Keeps a Tight Grip on Power

May 19, 2020

Since the beginning of 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity has dropped to its lowest point in 14 years. From February to March, Putin’s favorability dropped from 69% to 63%, and his disapproval ratings rose from 30% to 36%. While the Russian president continues to have a net...

How Raytheon Runs US Foreign Policy

How Raytheon Runs US Foreign Policy

May 18, 2020

In 2017, US President Donald Trump’s new administration found itself in a quandary. Should it continue providing weapons for use in Saudi Arabia’s murderous war in Yemen that had been raging for two years? In June 2017, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unexpectedly declared neighboring...

India’s Health-Care System Is in Shambles

India’s Health-Care System Is in Shambles

May 18, 2020

India has an abysmally low percentage of people with access to decent health care. About 300 million Indian citizens live below the poverty line and, for them, medicine is prohibitively expensive. For decades, serious medical conditions have pushed families into poverty and destitution. From 2000...

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