The British Far Right Has a New Voice of Unity

Jan 20, 2021

In 45 years, by 2066, native white British people are set to become a minority in the UK. This is the claim, accompanied by census data dating back to 1801, made by the Patriotic Alternative, an organization launched in September 2019 that celebrates anti-Semitism and white nationalism in...

Welcome to The Economist’s Technological Idealism
Jan 19, 2021

Welcome to The Economist’s Technological Idealism

Why Is Joe Biden’s Presidency Anathema to So Many US Catholics?
Jan 19, 2021

Why Is Joe Biden’s Presidency Anathema to So Many US Catholics?

Brexit Trade Deal Brings Temporary, If Not Lasting, Relief
Jan 13, 2021

Brexit Trade Deal Brings Temporary, If Not Lasting, Relief

How Do You Tell an Authoritarian From a Fascist These Days?

How Do You Tell an Authoritarian From a Fascist These Days?

Recent developments in global politics, such as Donald Trump’s reelection campaign or the rise of illiberal democracies across Central and Eastern Europe, have arguably led to a misinterpretation of what many refer to as a “return of fascism.” Although authoritarian populism shares numerous...

Of Hobbits and Tigers: The Unlikely Heroes of Italy’s Radical Right

Of Hobbits and Tigers: The Unlikely Heroes of Italy's Radical Right

Dec 23, 2020

June 23, 1980: After the assassination of magistrate Mario Amato by Italian right-wing terrorists, an anonymous group published a leaflet endorsing the murder: “To the members of the ‘Great Fascist Organizations’ we say: Fuck off, you never achieved anything and never will; … you are...

How COVID-19 Stole Christmas

How COVID-19 Stole Christmas

Dec 23, 2020

Heinrich Heine is one of Germany’s most famous poets. He is best known for his poem, “Deutschland, ein Wintermärchen” (“Germany, a Winter’s Tale”) and for the first line of his poem “Nachtgedanken” (“Night Thoughts”), which has become what Germans call a “geflügeltes...

Is Russia Immune to Anti-Semitism?

Is Russia Immune to Anti-Semitism?

Dec 22, 2020

A new report on anti-Semitism in Russia for June-September 2020 was published in Moscow in October by the independent Center for Information and Analysis, SOVA. A month earlier, another study by a Russian think tank specializing in public opinion polls, the Levada Center, analyzed Russian...

Foreign-Language Entertainment Is Having Its Soft-Power Moment

Foreign-Language Entertainment Is Having Its Soft-Power Moment

Dec 18, 2020

Since the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, non-English films from all over the world used to compete for a nomination in one single category, best foreign film, as all the other Oscars traditionally went to American and, sometimes, British productions. But in 2019, Netflix’s...

Britain’s Commitment to Retaining the Spoils of History

Britain’s Commitment to Retaining the Spoils of History

Dec 17, 2020

This past weekend, The Guardian unearthed a story from the past that throws an oblique light on the present. It began with an odd couple and led to the creation of a real one. The odd couple is the American actor George Clooney and the current UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Their conflict aired...

Denmark’s Politics of the Foreskin

Denmark’s Politics of the Foreskin

Dec 17, 2020

Religious practices, including religious clothing, ritual slaughtering and circumcision, are coming up for debate more frequently in Danish politics and the media. The issue of male circumcision has recently hit the headlines, reignited by a protest launched by a task force of health organizations...

Emmanuel Macron’s Dishonorable Legion

Emmanuel Macron’s Dishonorable Legion

Dec 15, 2020

In recent years, France and Egypt have developed a close relationship based on common interests in the Middle East. Some might suggest that it harkens back to the tradition established with Napoleon Bonaparte’s campaign in Egypt at the end of the 18th century. It led to the future emperor’s...

Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World

Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World

Dec 14, 2020

Joe Biden was not elected for his positions on foreign policy and national security. Few US presidential candidates are. In his debates with outgoing President Donald Trump prior to the election, those issues were hardly discussed. So, the success or failure of the Biden presidency will not be...

Five Tools We Need to Fight Disinformation

Five Tools We Need to Fight Disinformation

Dec 14, 2020

According to the GLOBSEC Trends 2020 report, across Central and Eastern Europe, 34% believe that COVID-19 is a hoax designed to manipulate populations. With hundreds of deaths around the world occurring as a result of disinformation related to the coronavirus, the pandemic has demonstrated the...

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