Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance

Apr 14, 2021

Sports governance worldwide has had its legs knocked out from under it. Yet national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them. Tectonic plates underlying the guiding principle that sports and politics are unrelated have shifted, driven by a...

EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough
Apr 13, 2021

EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough

The Risk of a No-Deal Brexit Remains
Apr 09, 2021

The Risk of a No-Deal Brexit Remains

Germany’s Refugees Face a Future Without Angela Merkel
Apr 08, 2021

Germany’s Refugees Face a Future Without Angela Merkel

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal

Apr 01, 2021

MSNBC’s star journalist Rachel Maddow was ready to break the news but hesitated when certain insiders worried that, if the accusation was not borne out by verifiable facts, the reaction might further damage the reputation of a news organization whose ratings have been plummeting for the past two...

A New European Financial Landscape Is Emerging

A New European Financial Landscape Is Emerging

Apr 01, 2021

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European single market on January 1 has sent trade in goods plummeting amid much confusion. By contrast, Brexit was carried out in an orderly manner in the financial sector, despite significant movement of trading...

Macron’s Campaign to Reveal France’s Historical Sins

Macron’s Campaign to Reveal France’s Historical Sins

Mar 29, 2021

One of the worst humanitarian disasters of the past 30 years took place in 1994 in Rwanda. Approximately 800,000 people died in a genocidal campaign led by the Hutu majority against the Tutsi minority. The rampage began after Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane was shot down. The Hutus...

Will Multilateralism Be Great Again?

Will Multilateralism Be Great Again?

Mar 29, 2021

A few weeks ago, six eminent world leaders — including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel — called for the revitalization of multilateral cooperation. They reminded us of the UN Millennium...

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza

Mar 19, 2021

Two months after the departure of Donald Trump, the world is seeking to understand the contours of the new administration’s still hesitating foreign policy. US President Joe Biden made a bold step forward this week when he vowed to pursue the fantasy of Russiagate, the Democratic equivalent of...

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy

Mar 16, 2021

“We are very much not a racist family,” shouted back Prince William at the reporter. The journalist had asked the wrong question. The right question would have been, “Is your family class conscious?” The reply to that would have been silence. When Meghan Markle, the duchess of Sussex...

Germany’s Handling of the Pandemic: A Model of Incompetence?

Germany’s Handling of the Pandemic: A Model of Incompetence?

Mar 15, 2021

There is an unwritten rule in politics: If you are incompetent, at least you should not be corrupt. It seems nobody ever informed the German Christian Democrats that this was the way of things. How else to explain why Christian Democratic MPs thought it was perfectly fine to take advantage of...

How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19

How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Mar 14, 2021

A new machine learning approach to COVID-19 testing has produced encouraging results in Greece. The technology, named Eva, dynamically used recent testing results collected at the Greek border to detect and limit the importation of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases among arriving international...

Guillaume Faye, the “Golden One” and the Metapolitical Legion

Guillaume Faye, the “Golden One” and the Metapolitical Legion

Mar 12, 2021

March 7 marked two years since the death of Guillaume Faye, the former number two of the French nouvelle droite (new right). His death wasn’t big news in the media. In academic research, Faye exists mostly in the shadows of the so-called number one of the new right, Alain de Benoist. This...

Is Dutch Exceptionalism Equipped to Cope With the Pandemic?

Is Dutch Exceptionalism Equipped to Cope With the Pandemic?

Mar 04, 2021

In late January, protests and riots against COVID-19 lockdown measures in the Netherlands drew attention from international audiences, taking many by surprise. Described by the Dutch police as the “worst rioting in 40 years,” it was a response to the first curfew the country has seen since the...

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