India Is on a Solar Mission

Feb 23, 2021

Globally, the short-term changes in pollution levels associated with COVID-19 lockdown measures highlighted the importance of investment in renewable energy sources more than ever. India's National Solar Mission was set as one of the policy initiatives under the National Action Plan on Climate...

The Magnanimous Gesture of Mohammed bin Salman
Feb 15, 2021

The Magnanimous Gesture of Mohammed bin Salman

Is China the New Champion of Globalization?

Is China the New Champion of Globalization?

Myanmar: What Comes Next for Minority Groups?
Feb 10, 2021

Myanmar: What Comes Next for Minority Groups?

Is There New Hope for Human Rights in Bahrain?

Is There New Hope for Human Rights in Bahrain?

Feb 09, 2021

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a Bahraini human rights activist, was arrested on the night of April 9, 2011. During the arrest at his family home in Bahrain, he was brutally assaulted and his jaw broken in four places. On June 22, barely two months after his arrest, he was sentenced to life in prison after...

Tunisia: The Pending Goals of the Revolution

Tunisia: The Pending Goals of the Revolution

Feb 04, 2021

A decade after the Arab Spring, Tunisians have made significant progress in the field of democratization with respect to the constitution and the guarantee of public and private freedoms. However, economic performance remains modest, and many of the demands of the Tunisian Revolution are still...

The Nation-State vs. The Climate

The Nation-State vs. The Climate

Jan 28, 2021

For the past year, many commentators have assumed that once the COVID-19 pandemic fades away, the world’s governments will understand that another global task awaits them: addressing the consequences of climate change. COVID-19 has already upset those calculations, at least in terms of timing....

Addressing the Fragile Limits of Female Autonomy

Addressing the Fragile Limits of Female Autonomy

Jan 27, 2021

On October 22, 2020, the United States co-sponsored a Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family. However, despite its name, this declaration states that “in no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning.” While it doesn’t...

Is US Democracy Still Exportable?

Is US Democracy Still Exportable?

Jan 22, 2021

On Inauguration Day 2021, the nation’s capital looked like it has just experienced a coup, not successfully survived one. Streets were blocked off, barricades were up, and armed police and National Guard were everywhere. The inauguration itself took place in front of a deliberately minimal crowd...

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

Jan 21, 2021

Americans like to rate their presidents. In fact, presidential rankings have become something of a cottage industry in political science, ever since the eminent Harvard historian Arthur Schlesinger Sr. started the tradition in the late 1940s. In Germany, we don’t do that, at least not in a...

The World Must Not Forget Yemen

The World Must Not Forget Yemen

Jan 21, 2021

In 2020, 24.3 million people, or 80% of the population in Yemen, were at risk of hunger and disease, with 14.4 million in acute need of assistance. A political solution is necessary to end the war and achieve lasting peace. This may take time. The international community must provide the...

Welcome to The Economist’s Technological Idealism

Welcome to The Economist’s Technological Idealism

Jan 19, 2021

Every publication has a worldview. Each cultivates a style of thought, ideology or philosophy designed to comfort the expectations of its readers and to confirm a shared way of perceiving the world around them. Even Fair Observer has a worldview, in which, thanks to the diversity of its...

2021 Is the Year to Make Peace With Our Planet

2021 Is the Year to Make Peace With Our Planet

Jan 12, 2021

It's time we all make peace with our planet — you and me, parents, professionals, leaders and the upcoming generation. All of us have to make 2021 the Year of Peace. Here's why: We’re at war with our planet. Even if we declare a truce today and start to live more sustainably, it will take...

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs

Jan 12, 2021

The one thing the city of Shenzhen — whose nearly 13 million people comprise the industrial engine of China’s Guangdong province — seems unwilling to reimagine is its name. The name Shenzhen, which loosely translates to “irrigation ditch” or “drainage dump,” is the only piece of the...

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