Is The Economist’s Influence Waning?

Nov 13, 2019

In an important article published by The New Yorker on one of the most confusing labels used to describe today’s civilization, Indian writer Pankaj Mishra deconstructs and disambiguates the range of meanings associated with the word “liberalism” by delving into the history and cultural...

Germany, 30 Years After Reunification
Nov 09, 2019

Germany, 30 Years After Reunification

Russia Needs a New National Idea
Nov 05, 2019

Russia Needs a New National Idea

In Norway, Negative Attitudes Toward Muslims Are Still Widespread
Nov 05, 2019

In Norway, Negative Attitudes Toward Muslims Are Still Widespread

Fearing a Labour Victory, Britain’s 1% Threaten to Go on Strike

Fearing a Labour Victory, Britain’s 1% Threaten to Go on Strike

Nov 04, 2019

Halloween has passed, the date at which British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised Brexit would be finalized. The suspense continues and will shortly attain a new level of intensity as the British electorate prepares for what will certainly be the most hyperreal UK general election in the...

Emmanuel Macron Promotes “le Startupisme”

Emmanuel Macron Promotes “le Startupisme”

Oct 31, 2019

Bloomberg offers its readers a look at a typically French phenomenon: a government’s economic cheerleading around the promotion of a simplistic idea that makes its traditionally stale policies appear more modern and dynamic than they actually are. One of the classic ploys is to borrow...

New Cracks in the Global Far Right?

New Cracks in the Global Far Right?

Oct 31, 2019

In a remarkable confluence of events, the right-wing national leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel find themselves, at least for a brief historical moment, besieged by criticism and stark political dangers. In the US, President Donald Trump is facing a more serious...

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

The TED website describes Kishore Mahbubani, a career diplomat from Singapore, as someone who “re-envisions global power dynamics through the lens of rising Asian economies.” This description is not just apt for Mahbubani but also for his new book, “Has the West Lost It?” The title may...

Russia Turns Trump’s Middle East Blunder to Its Advantage

Russia Turns Trump’s Middle East Blunder to Its Advantage

Oct 23, 2019

The Americans call the five-day halt to Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria a ceasefire, while the Turks prefer to call it a pause. The Kurds call the incursion something else. For them, and for American soldiers who fought with them in the war against the Islamic State (IS), as well...

Aleksandr Dugin’s Ideology Echoes Through the Alt-Right

Aleksandr Dugin’s Ideology Echoes Through the Alt-Right

Oct 22, 2019

Francis Fukuyama famously proclaimed the triumph of liberal democracy in his 1992 seminal classic, “The End of History and the Last Man.” He argued that the legitimacy of liberal democracy had become unrivalled after defeating oppressive political ideologies such as fascism and communism....

Peter Handke’s Nobel Win: The Banality of Hypocrisy

Peter Handke’s Nobel Win: The Banality of Hypocrisy

Oct 21, 2019

Nobel Prizes are not what they used to be. This is particularly true when it comes to literature. Who, for instance, still remembers that the late Dario Fo, characterized as the “acerbic, anarchic clown of a dramatist,” received the Nobel Prize in 1997? Or, going back into a distant past, who...

Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in Poland: A Critique of Impure Reason

Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in Poland: A Critique of Impure Reason

Oct 11, 2019

It is already clear that the year 2019 in Poland will mark a record number of pride parades: 21 have already taken place and 6 further events are planned. The marches are organized not only in regional capitals but also locally, such as the march in Radomsko, a town of less than 50,000...

The NY Times’ Ruthless Assault on Russians

The NY Times’ Ruthless Assault on Russians

Oct 10, 2019

The New York Times should really be called “The New Cold War Times.” It has consistently focused on reporting the most intimate thoughts (i.e., prejudice and propaganda) of an intelligence community that owes its historical existence to the golden age of post-World War II Soviet communism....

Far-Right Terrorism Is Now Britain’s Fastest Growing Problem

Far-Right Terrorism Is Now Britain’s Fastest Growing Problem

Oct 09, 2019

In September, the highest-ranking counterterrorism officer in Britain, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, declared the far-right to be the fastest growing terrorist threat to Britain. According to the Met, in the last year, a quarter of all terrorism related arrests were of...

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