The Indian Government Is Not Letting a Pandemic Go to Waste

Oct 19, 2020

Indian culture venerates tools of trade. Indeed, a special day in the festival calendar is dedicated to worshiping them. In this context, tractors and farm implements are considered almost sacred. Burning a tractor is one of the most symbolic forms of protest. Members of the main opposition party...

A Ballot That Could Redefine the Rules of Chile’s Democracy
Oct 09, 2020

A Ballot That Could Redefine the Rules of Chile’s Democracy

Donald Trump, COVID-19 and America’s Love of Conspiracy
Oct 08, 2020

Donald Trump, COVID-19 and America’s Love of Conspiracy

Are We in Denial About Our Digital Consumption Habits?
Oct 06, 2020

Are We in Denial About Our Digital Consumption Habits?

Juliette Greco: Snatching Dignity From the Jaws of the Absurd

Juliette Greco: Snatching Dignity From the Jaws of the Absurd

Oct 02, 2020

Did you have to be a thinker, a philosopher, to help epitomize and pioneer an existentialist ethic in 1950s Paris? Or could you live the ethic of absurd aloneness in a mad and bad world but still maintain dignity and humanism in the face of despair? And still create something defiant, though...

What Turkey Stands to Gain From Its Natural Gas Discovery

What Turkey Stands to Gain From Its Natural Gas Discovery

Oct 02, 2020

Turkey's first natural gas discovery was undoubtedly breaking news. As the world focused its attention on the escalation between Ankara and Athens in the eastern Mediterranean over natural resources and maritime borders, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement on August 21 that marked...

The Time to End Sex Discrimination

The Time to End Sex Discrimination

Sep 30, 2020

In human rights circles, there are few more important events than the annual opening of the new session of the United Nations General Assembly. Critically, the high-profile event brings together governments, UN agencies and civil society actors, fostering cross-sector collaboration and providing...

Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?

Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?

Sep 29, 2020

Belarus is politically deadlocked. The peaceful movement protesting against veteran ruler Alexander Lukashenko and the manipulation of the presidential election on August 9 is too strong for the state to simply suppress it by force. As long as the political leadership continues to respond with...

Trump at the UN: A Failure to Lead

Trump at the UN: A Failure to Lead

Sep 28, 2020

True to himself, US President Donald Trump completely failed to address any of the issues confronting the global community in his keynote speech to the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations. Instead, he used the platform to criticize China, to excoriate Iran, to boast of how big and...

What the Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Means for America’s Political Future

What the Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Means for America’s Political Future

Sep 21, 2020

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18 has shaken the judiciary at a moment that could test the foundations of American legislature. Justice Ginsburg was a leftist — or “liberal,” in American parlance — mainstay in her 27 years on the court and...

COVID-19 Drives Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia

COVID-19 Drives Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia

Sep 18, 2020

For the past decade, I have been researching the impact of Islamophobia on social media. After the outbreak of COVID-19, I was commissioned, alongside my colleague Roxana Khan Williams, by the chair and independent members of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group to produce an evidenced-based...

Scientists’ Social Engagement Is Needed to Stem the COVID-19 Pandemic

Scientists’ Social Engagement Is Needed to Stem the COVID-19 Pandemic

The global COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the unpreparedness and inability of many countries to effectively manage complex risks and ensure community resilience. An important dimension of this dangerous flaw is the sharp divide between those who rely on science to shape policies and actions, and...

Nord Stream 2: Leverage Against Russia?

Nord Stream 2: Leverage Against Russia?

Following the poisoning of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent from the Novichok group, the possibility of using Nord Stream 2 to put pressure on Russia has been widely discussed. Specifically, there are calls to abandon the project, to impose a moratorium or to...

Donald Trump: A President Against His People

Donald Trump: A President Against His People

Sep 14, 2020

In less than two months from now, Americans would have elected their next president. One can only hope that they have elected their 46th president, not reelected their 45th for another four-year term. Electing Donald Trump was nothing short of shooting oneself in the foot with a .45-caliber...

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