A Focus on Violence Creates Blind Spots in Assessing the Far-Right Threat

January 14, 2022

In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Madrid (2004) and London (2005), many Western governments developed countering violent extremism (CVE) strategies, with the UK's PREVENT scheme, launched in 2007, being considered the world’s first of this kind. What these CVE programs (more recently...

The Year to Protect People and the Planet
January 13, 2022

The Year to Protect People and the Planet

Former Austrian President Heinz Fischer Talks to Fair Observer
January 12, 2022

Former Austrian President Heinz Fischer Talks to Fair Observer

Amy Wax and the Breakdown of America’s Intellectual Culture
January 12, 2022

Amy Wax and the Breakdown of America’s Intellectual Culture

Is Afghanistan Going to Break Apart?

Is Afghanistan Going to Break Apart?

January 10, 2022

After the shambolic US withdrawal, Afghanistan faces an existential problem: Its very existence as a state is now in question. Most people forget that Afghanistan is a patchwork of disparate ethnic groups and remote villages. Unlike Germany or Japan, it is not and has never been a nation-state....

What Does the Future Success of the Euro Depend On?

What Does the Future Success of the Euro Depend On?

January 10, 2022

The first euro banknotes and coins came into circulation 20 years ago. Although the exchange rates of almost all participating countries had already been fixed two years earlier, only the introduction of the euro marked Europe’s irreversible economic integration. For after the creation of the...

Can a Non-Lethal Eco-Terrorism Strategy Pay Off?

Can a Non-Lethal Eco-Terrorism Strategy Pay Off?

January 07, 2022

In 2025, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is hit by a killer heatwave. The astronomical temperatures resulting from solar radiation kill 20 million people. In the wake of this climate disaster, a new movement arises in India: an eco-terrorist network called the Children of Kali. The Hindu...

Proscribing the Far Right: Is Spain Doing Enough?

Proscribing the Far Right: Is Spain Doing Enough?

January 07, 2022

Proscription, the listing of some groups or organizations as terrorists, has become a crucial counterterrorism initiative adopted by liberal democratic governments. Despite the criticism proscription has caused due to it occurring at the discretion of individual states, it has proved to be an...

Justice in the US Is an Art Form

Justice in the US Is an Art Form

January 06, 2022

On any given day, US media will offer an abundance of reports on the sometimes strange workings of its justice system. This first week of January has proved to be rich in examples, with the high-profile cases of Ghislaine Maxwell and Elizabeth Holmes complemented by a host of stories about smaller...

For Vladimir Putin, Survival Is All That Matters

For Vladimir Putin, Survival Is All That Matters

January 05, 2022

In a recent article on Fair Observer titled, “Making Sense of Vladimir Putin’s Long Game,” Atul Singh and Glenn Carle make the case that Russia’s president has an overarching plan to bring back the tsarist empire. They contend that Putin has thought deeply about strategy and tactics...

The Role of Animals in National Socialist Propaganda

The Role of Animals in National Socialist Propaganda

January 05, 2022

Circulating on Telegram channels lately has been a 12-second video of a Chihuahua puppy snuggling up to a tiny, chirping chick, eventually resting its head upon the chick and falling asleep. The caption reads, “Love Animals, Hate Antifa.” If such a politicized caption to an innocuous video...

How the Legal Landscape Is Changing for War Crimes

How the Legal Landscape Is Changing for War Crimes

January 05, 2022

War crimes, genocide, torture, forced disappearances, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law have been characteristic of conflicts in the Arab world since even before they were codified in law. These crimes still occur in many Arab countries, most notably in...

Has Britain Achieved a Post-Racial Politics?

Has Britain Achieved a Post-Racial Politics?

January 05, 2022

The most closely guarded secrets of the British government are currently being reviewed by Priti Patel, the home secretary, or minister of the interior, as she would be described in most countries. It is her duty to receive the reports of the secret services: MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. Patel has to take...

Paranoia and the Perils of Misreading

Paranoia and the Perils of Misreading

January 04, 2022

In the summer of 2021, genocide scholar Dirk Moses published an article in the Swiss online journal Geschichte der Gegenwart (History of the Present) titled, “The German Catechism.” He argued that Germany’s sense of its special obligation to Jews after the Holocaust has become a debilitating...

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