Joe Biden Faces a Dilemma Over Iran

August 05, 2021

Everything old is new again, at least when it comes to US President Joe Biden’s deterrence credibility problem with Iran. This must seem like déjà vu to him, since he witnessed similar dynamics play out during an earlier stint at the White House. Several weeks ago came news that the FBI had...

Is America Ready to Raise the Minimum Wage?

Is America Ready to Raise the Minimum Wage?

Thought Suppression Flourishes in France and Washington
August 04, 2021

Thought Suppression Flourishes in France and Washington

Beirut Explosion One Year On: Are Israel and Hezbollah Responsible?
August 04, 2021

Beirut Explosion One Year On: Are Israel and Hezbollah Responsible?

“Freedom” Failed to Set Americans Free

“Freedom” Failed to Set Americans Free

August 03, 2021

A little over a month ago, those who were fully COVID-19 vaccinated in America were feeling pretty good about themselves and their prospects for a summer of wining, dining and a bit of travel. The kiddies, even though unvaccinated, could for some unexplained reason do camp, amusement parks and...

Does Italy’s Center-Right Coalition Have a Political Future?

Does Italy’s Center-Right Coalition Have a Political Future?

August 02, 2021

According to polling from July, the Italian far right — or the destra sovranista (sovereign right), as it prefers to be labeled — would account for at least 40% of electoral preferences. The broader center-right coalition would attract around 48%, with Matteo Salvini’s League taking 20,5%,...

Austerity for the Poor and Prosperity for the Rich

Austerity for the Poor and Prosperity for the Rich

August 01, 2021

There has been a growing interest in social protection policies in the Arab region dating back to the 1990s. Yet the impact of such measures has not been empirically and independently assessed. Evidence shows that, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the poor have been getting poorer and the...

The Hazaras of Afghanistan Face a Threat to Survival

The Hazaras of Afghanistan Face a Threat to Survival

July 31, 2021

September 11, 2001, is internationally recognized as a date associated with terrorism and mass murder by al-Qaeda militants based in a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Yet the current situation in the country means that September 11, 2021, could see another tragedy: the ethnic cleansing of the Hazara...

The US Must Pay Attention to Displaced Nicaraguans

The US Must Pay Attention to Displaced Nicaraguans

July 31, 2021

The Biden administration has made it clear that US engagement with the Western Hemisphere is a priority. Much of its early focus has been on Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, as forced displacement from these countries is such a pressing concern. But a worrying crackdown in...

When Technology Cancels Anonymity

When Technology Cancels Anonymity

July 30, 2021

Only days after The Washington Post’s startling revelations of abuse by various governments using Israeli firm NSO’s Pegasus spyware, Axios reports on the case of a Catholic Church official in the US, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, who resigned after being shamed as apparently gay by the Catholic...

Why Headscarves Matter So Much to Turkey

Why Headscarves Matter So Much to Turkey

July 30, 2021

Many news outlets carried stories in mid-July of the Turkish government’s condemnation of a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) upholding a ban on headscarves in certain circumstances, in which an employer wishes to convey a “neutral image.” In doing so, it is weighing into the...

Artificial Intelligence Wants You and Your Job

Artificial Intelligence Wants You and Your Job

July 30, 2021

My wife and I were recently driving in Virginia, amazed yet again that the GPS technology on our phones could guide us through a thicket of highways, around road accidents and toward our precise destination. The artificial intelligence (AI) behind the soothing voice telling us where to turn has...

Is Spying an Art or a Crime?

Is Spying an Art or a Crime?

July 21, 2021

The New York Times on Monday reported that the US has accused China “of breaching Microsoft email systems used by many of the world’s largest companies.” On the same day, The Washington Post announced the findings of an investigation into “spyware licensed by an Israeli firm to governments...

It’s Time to Make India’s Education Good Enough for All

It’s Time to Make India’s Education Good Enough for All

July 20, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has detrimentally impacted education systems worldwide. Of the 1.2 billion children that the coronavirus has thrown out of classrooms, at least one-third have no access to remote learning and hence no access to education. The UN estimates that 24 million children will not...

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