The 2020 Pandemic Election

May 29, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic is dissected in the 2020 presidential election debates, Donald Trump will be at a disadvantage. The coronavirus has killed over 100,000 Americans and maimed thousands more. The caveat is that deaths per capita, rather than total deaths, better measure national failure,...

Is It Time to Boycott the United States?
May 29, 2020

Is It Time to Boycott the United States?

Morocco Sets Out a Post-Coronavirus Recovery Strategy
May 28, 2020

Morocco Sets Out a Post-Coronavirus Recovery Strategy

Who Will Write the Storyline of COVID-19?
May 28, 2020

Who Will Write the Storyline of COVID-19?

After Six Years in Office, Modi’s House of Cards Shakes at the Foundations

After Six Years in Office, Modi’s House of Cards Shakes at the Foundations

May 28, 2020

In 2014, early in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term, the world was abuzz with India’s demographic dividend. More than half of India’s population was under the age of 24, GDP was growing at 7% to 8% annually in spite of corruption and high inflation, and Modi had won a decisive...

Sinhala, Tamil and the National Identity of Sri Lanka

Sinhala, Tamil and the National Identity of Sri Lanka

May 27, 2020

In March 2015, the unexpected newly elected president of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, stated that the national anthem could be sung in Tamil at official and institutional events. For anyone alien to life on the teardrop island, this announcement may have come as a surprise since, after all,...

When Islanders Are Robbed of Their Homeland

When Islanders Are Robbed of Their Homeland

May 27, 2020

In May 2019, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on Britain to return the Chagos Archipelago, a cluster of islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, to Mauritius, an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. The resolution endorsed an International Court of...

Media Match of the Century: Joe Rogan vs. The New York Times

Media Match of the Century: Joe Rogan vs. The New York Times

May 27, 2020

Bari Weiss is one of those oddly uninteresting personalities that The New York Times loves to elevate to the status of a columnist because her opinions reflect a certain strain of not quite hip but sufficiently arrogant trendiness that The Times finds marketable to its readership. Weiss conforms...

The Photogenic Face of Europe’s White Nationalism

The Photogenic Face of Europe’s White Nationalism

May 27, 2020

For much of the past decade, radical right-wing populism in the Netherlands has largely been associated with Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom (PVV). Following in the footsteps of the late Pim Fortuyn, Wilders established himself as one of Western Europe’s most outspoken promoters of...

How the Hertz Bankruptcy Hurts the Brand

How the Hertz Bankruptcy Hurts the Brand

May 26, 2020

The New York Times has offered its readers another pandemic-wreaks-havoc-on-the-economy story in an article with this shocking headline: “Hertz, Car Rental Pioneer, Files for Bankruptcy Protection.” The initial emphasis of the article focuses on the general economic devastation wrought by the...

Will COVID-19 Be Another Pearl Harbor Moment for America?

Will COVID-19 Be Another Pearl Harbor Moment for America?

May 26, 2020

Dr. Jerome Adams, the surgeon general of the United States, made an announcement on March 23 warning Americans of the mounting death rate likely to occur over the next few weeks as COVID-19 spreads throughout the country. He remarked that “this is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11...

The Indian Shrimp Industry Needs Support to Survive COVID-19

The Indian Shrimp Industry Needs Support to Survive COVID-19

May 26, 2020

Around the world, the news agenda is dominated by the coronavirus and the policy responses to it. Naturally, most of the attention is paid to things like how many people are dying and when the various lockdowns can be lifted. However, in every industry, there is a story to be told about the impact...

Will Qatar Succeed in Hosting the First Carbon-Neutral World Cup?

Will Qatar Succeed in Hosting the First Carbon-Neutral World Cup?

The 22nd FIFA World Cup in 2022 will be hosted by Qatar, meaning that for the first time in history the international association football bonanza will be held in the Arab world. Football aficionados are waiting to see how a Muslim-majority country that beat the United States as host will deliver...

Annexations in the West Bank: Europeans Need to Step Up

Annexations in the West Bank: Europeans Need to Step Up

May 25, 2020

In the coming weeks, crucial decisions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are likely to be made. After three rounds of elections and difficult tactical maneuvers, a coalition government under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was recently sworn in. The coalition agreement between the...

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