Is America Really the “Land of the Free”?

Aug 22, 2019

Freedom is under attack around the world. Police are rounding up hundreds of opposition protesters in Moscow, while hundreds of thousands are protesting in Hong Kong for freer elections, a free press and freedom from extradition to China. Yet in the United States, the hard right is taking...

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria
Aug 22, 2019

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria

Kashmir Reaches a New and Dangerous Level
Aug 19, 2019

Kashmir Reaches a New and Dangerous Level

Leaving the JCPOA May Have Been a Mistake, But So Is Reentering It
Aug 16, 2019

Leaving the JCPOA May Have Been a Mistake, But So Is Reentering It

Tech Versus Human Rights

Tech Versus Human Rights

Aug 15, 2019

Imagine that your government could identify you and track your movements digitally, solely based on your physical appearance and perceived ethnicity or race. This is not the stuff of dystopian science fiction, but is happening now due to the widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools....

India Must Be Included in the Afghan Peace Process

India Must Be Included in the Afghan Peace Process

Aug 07, 2019

Despite being a key contributor to rebuilding Afghanistan, India was elbowed out from the four-party meeting held in Beijing in July to advance the Afghan peace process. Earlier talks with the Taliban in Doha and Moscow already hinted at the sidelining of New Delhi from future peacebuilding...

Young Men Motivated by Hatred

Young Men Motivated by Hatred

Aug 05, 2019

Another weekend and another spate of terrorist shootings in America carried out by young men motivated by hatred toward people who are ostensibly different to them, to such an extent that they are willing to kill people in mass shootings. In the rush to come to an understanding as to why these...

Saudi Arabia Eases Male Guardianship System

Saudi Arabia Eases Male Guardianship System

Aug 02, 2019

It comes as welcome news that authorities in Saudi Arabia have taken important steps toward dismantling the repressive male guardianship system, which treats women in the country as minors. Women will no longer require permission from a male guardian to travel abroad and can apply for a...

Israel Will Not Be Free Until Palestine Is Free

Israel Will Not Be Free Until Palestine Is Free

Aug 01, 2019

Dear Ambassador Friedman, We, both Israelis and Palestinians, are members of the editorial board of the Palestine-Israel Journal, a joint quarterly issued in East Jerusalem for the past three decades. Our aim is to promote dialogue based upon equality, mutual recognition and respect and...

Democrats Remain Adrift Without a Vision or a Leader

Democrats Remain Adrift Without a Vision or a Leader

Jul 25, 2019

Trying to make sense of the US presidential election that is still well over a year away is a challenging task. So much makes no sense at all. The easiest example of this is trying to figure out why undereducated and underpaid rural white Americans flock to Trump, an overeducated yet ignorant...

Boris Johnson: Bumbling Buffoon, Pied Piper or Churchillian Statesman?

Boris Johnson: Bumbling Buffoon, Pied Piper or Churchillian Statesman?

Jul 24, 2019

The history of England and indeed the United Kingdom can be summed up as a ding-dong battle between cavaliers and roundheads. Like Gordon Brown, Theresa May is a roundhead. Both are children of men of the church. They work hard, find it hard to delegate and are not exactly the life of the party....

Veterans Running for Office Need to Watch Their Language

Veterans Running for Office Need to Watch Their Language

Jul 24, 2019

A few weeks ago, one of the many campaign fundraising emails in my inbox caught my eye. This one was from Martha McSally, a retired Air Force colonel from Arizona whose work in Congress, especially on the issue of military sexual assault, I respect. In the middle of the email is a large button that...

We May Be Better Off Without a Clear Definition of Terrorism

We May Be Better Off Without a Clear Definition of Terrorism

Jul 23, 2019

In all likelihood, you have an ambiguous understanding of “terrorism.” The average individual can recognize an event as terrorism but, when asked to define the term, is able to offer only the most general of definitions. The reason for this is that terrorism is undefined or, more accurately,...

Climate Change: A Contrarian View

Climate Change: A Contrarian View

Jul 20, 2019

We are inundated these days with ominous news on the extent and pace of climate change and the associated predictions of the looming catastrophe it carries with it — the ubiquitous planetary cry of the next generation who will soon inherit the Earth. A rallying cry seemingly to “save human...

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