A Modi-fied India Has Weakened on the World Stage

Jun 11, 2021

Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, has completed seven years in office. At the same time, his autocratic leadership has brought the simmering discontent in the foreign policy establishment out in the open. Some members of the Forum of Foreign Ambassadors of India signed an open letter...

Does the World Need to Contain China?
Jun 11, 2021

Does the World Need to Contain China?

ProPublica Reveals the US Is a Tax Haven
Jun 10, 2021

ProPublica Reveals the US Is a Tax Haven

How the Radical Right Bullied Professors in 1920s Austria
Jun 10, 2021

How the Radical Right Bullied Professors in 1920s Austria

They Are Coming for Us

They Are Coming for Us

Jun 09, 2021

Quoting its favorite source for everything we need to know about the world, The New York Times clarifies the burning question of UFOs: “American intelligence officials have found no evidence that aerial phenomena witnessed by Navy pilots in recent years are alien spacecraft.” This is The...

Growing LGBTI+ Hate Shows the UN’s Need to Adapt

Growing LGBTI+ Hate Shows the UN’s Need to Adapt

Jun 09, 2021

Since February, security forces have arrested at least 24 people in Cameroon for alleged same-sex conduct or gender nonconformity. In Uzbekistan, videos showing the abuse, humiliation and beatings of gay men have been circulated around social media groups. In Poland, the...

The Next Surge of Trumpism

The Next Surge of Trumpism

Jun 09, 2021

I went to a birthday party recently. The celebrants greeted each other with hugs on the patio. After an outdoor barbeque dinner, we stood shoulder to shoulder around the island in the kitchen, eating cake from small paper plates. We sang “Happy Birthday.” Ordinarily, an event like that...

The World Needs a People’s Vaccine

The World Needs a People’s Vaccine

Jun 07, 2021

A recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that worries about the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States are at their lowest level since it began. Only half of Americans are either “very worried” (15%) or “somewhat worried” (35%) about the virus, while the other half are “not very worried”...

The Madison Avenue Brain of a “Guns Right” Judge

The Madison Avenue Brain of a “Guns Right” Judge

Jun 07, 2021

The most memorable three words of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, may well be: “Aux armes, citoyens.” Composed in the immediate aftermath of the French Revolution and five years after the ratification of the US Constitution, the anthem’s lyrics dramatically recreate the...

What Planet Will Our Children and Grandchildren Inherit?

What Planet Will Our Children and Grandchildren Inherit?

Jun 07, 2021

Let me start with my friend and the boat. Admittedly, they might not seem to have anything to do with each other. The boat, a guided-missile destroyer named the USS Curtis Wilbur, reportedly passed through the Straits of Taiwan and into the South China Sea, skirting the Paracel...

Democracy Is Down but Not Out

Democracy Is Down but Not Out

Jun 04, 2021

Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarussian dictator, snatches a dissident from midair. Military strongman Assimi Goita launches another coup in Mali. Benjamin Netanyahu escalates a military conflict to save his own political skin in Israel. In the United States, the Republican Party launches a...

Global Solidarity Brings Hope to Palestinians After Decades of Oppression

Global Solidarity Brings Hope to Palestinians After Decades of Oppression

Jun 03, 2021

If there is one thing Palestinians are known for, it is that we are extremely patriotic. We decorate our homes with Palestinian merchandise and paintings, we continue to dress in traditional patterns, and even though many of us have never even seen Palestine, we continue to identify ourselves as...

Antony Blinken’s Sales Pitch

Antony Blinken’s Sales Pitch

Jun 03, 2021

After his meeting with the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, during his visit to Israel following last month’s ceasefire, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken explained his goals: "As I told the president, I'm here to underscore the commitment of the United States to...

Understanding Racism in All Its Forms

Understanding Racism in All Its Forms

Jun 03, 2021

Twenty years ago, Amnesty International's “Racism and the Administration of Justice” report warned that “unchecked racism can lead to tragedy on a massive scale.” Last week, as we remembered George Floyd and pondered over the meaning of his death a year ago, another aspect of unchecked...

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