When Will Boris Johnson Be Committed?

Jan 22, 2021

The UK has finally cast off all its shackles and is ready to assert its freedom under the creative leadership of Boris Johnson, the man who made Brexit happen. Things are a little complicated for the moment, but once COVID-19 can be tamed, British creativity will find its cruising speed. Brexit...

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective
Jan 21, 2021

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

The Line: Mohammed bin Salman’s Green Blockbuster
Jan 14, 2021

The Line: Mohammed bin Salman’s Green Blockbuster

2021 Is the Year to Make Peace With Our Planet
Jan 12, 2021

2021 Is the Year to Make Peace With Our Planet

Will the Pandemic Revitalize Ideas of the Global Common Good?

Will the Pandemic Revitalize Ideas of the Global Common Good?

Two decades into the 21st century, humanity is faced with a plethora of unprecedented global crises. After SARS-1, multiple novel avian influenza strains, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the current COVID-19 pandemic is by far the most severe and widespread public health crisis in at least...

Will Bolsonaro Leave Trumpism Behind to Embrace a Biden-led US?

Will Bolsonaro Leave Trumpism Behind to Embrace a Biden-led US?

Dec 16, 2020

Joe Biden’s victory in the US election is distressing news for Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's right-wing populist president who admires Donald Trump. Five days after the American media called the race in Biden’s favor, Bolsonaro was yet to congratulate the Democrat. Since Brazil became a democracy...

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions

Dec 15, 2020

While the international community’s attention is consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a myriad of crisis, from the wars in Syria and Yemen to the Middle East peace process, Brexit and a severe global economic downturn, climate change continues to wreak havoc on societies around the world,...

Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World

Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World

Dec 14, 2020

Joe Biden was not elected for his positions on foreign policy and national security. Few US presidential candidates are. In his debates with outgoing President Donald Trump prior to the election, those issues were hardly discussed. So, the success or failure of the Biden presidency will not be...

Live Free or Die: America vs. Science

Live Free or Die: America vs. Science

Dec 11, 2020

A few days ago, the testimony of a nurse from South Dakota made international headlines. In a tweet, Jodi Doering recounted the harrowing experience of having to deal with patients dying from COVID-19 complications while denying that the virus is real: “The ones who scream at you for a magic...

Welcome Back, America?

Welcome Back, America?

Nov 13, 2020

America may well be divided about Donald Trump, but the rest of the world isn’t. The soon-to-be-former president has gotten high marks in the Philippines and Israel, a passing grade in a couple of African countries and India, and dismal reviews pretty much everywhere else. US allies in...

Trump, Biden and the Climate: A Stark Choice

Trump, Biden and the Climate: A Stark Choice

Oct 30, 2020

While the economy and COVID-19 may dominate discussions around the coming US election, environmental issues and climate change, mainly due to the recent wildfires in the state of California, may also be a differentiating factor between the two presidential candidates. Back in January 2017, in my...

Indigenous Communities Can Counter Naxals and Protect Forests in India

Indigenous Communities Can Counter Naxals and Protect Forests in India

Oct 15, 2020

On the night of July 11, Naxalites blew up 12 buildings in the forest department’s field office-cum-quarters in the Berkela forest area of Pashchimi Singhbhum district in Jharkhand, India. Naxalites are Maoists who have fought a bloody insurgency against the Indian state in some rural and forest...

As Climate Change Worsens, How Far Will We Tip?

As Climate Change Worsens, How Far Will We Tip?

Oct 15, 2020

Although there are still those who deny it, the countdown for the planet under the threat of global warming began some time ago. If we were to seek an official starting point, it would probably be in the late 18th century, at the beginning of the industrial age. We now receive confirmation of...

Do Romance Novels Offer an Outdated Model of Feminism?

Do Romance Novels Offer an Outdated Model of Feminism?

Oct 10, 2020

I am one among a relatively small number of men who for some time have been fascinated by romance novels. As is well known, romance novels are among the most popular genres in contemporary literature. The field represents a vast market, likely to have substantially grown over the past several...

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