Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

The TED website describes Kishore Mahbubani, a career diplomat from Singapore, as someone who “re-envisions global power dynamics through the lens of rising Asian economies.” This description is not just apt for Mahbubani but also for his new book, “Has the West Lost It?” The title may...

Aleksandr Dugin’s Ideology Echoes Through the Alt-Right
Oct 22, 2019

Aleksandr Dugin’s Ideology Echoes Through the Alt-Right

Peter Handke’s Nobel Win: The Banality of Hypocrisy
Oct 21, 2019

Peter Handke’s Nobel Win: The Banality of Hypocrisy

The Case Against Cats and Babies
Oct 18, 2019

The Case Against Cats and Babies

Italy Evicts Steve Bannon’s Gladiators

Italy Evicts Steve Bannon’s Gladiators

Oct 15, 2019

Poor Steve Bannon. He has tried very hard, but the Cosmos seems to have lost patience with his European project. After leaving Donald Trump’s White House, he engaged in a valiant educational effort to impose his unique version of reality on the Western world so that, in turn, the West can...

What Is Behind Football’s Persistent Racism?

What Is Behind Football’s Persistent Racism?

Oct 15, 2019

Imagine it’s 1979. Britain’s national game, football, is still anchored to its working-class roots. The tribal violence known as hooliganism surfaces at practically every game, and the stadiums are often dilapidated monuments of the previous century. A handful of black players are breaking...

The Issue Behind the WAG Instagram Scandal

The Issue Behind the WAG Instagram Scandal

Oct 11, 2019

“She said to me: ‘I’m not pointing the finger’ and I said: ‘You have just annihilated me in public and hung me out to dry. The whole world hates me!’” So says wide-eyed Rebekah Vardy, seemingly incredulous at her friend Coleen Rooney’s very public, even flamboyant disclosure that...

Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in Poland: A Critique of Impure Reason

Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in Poland: A Critique of Impure Reason

Oct 11, 2019

It is already clear that the year 2019 in Poland will mark a record number of pride parades: 21 have already taken place and 6 further events are planned. The marches are organized not only in regional capitals but also locally, such as the march in Radomsko, a town of less than 50,000...

The NY Times’ Ruthless Assault on Russians

The NY Times’ Ruthless Assault on Russians

Oct 10, 2019

The New York Times should really be called “The New Cold War Times.” It has consistently focused on reporting the most intimate thoughts (i.e., prejudice and propaganda) of an intelligence community that owes its historical existence to the golden age of post-World War II Soviet communism....

Far-Right Terrorism Is Now Britain’s Fastest Growing Problem

Far-Right Terrorism Is Now Britain’s Fastest Growing Problem

Oct 09, 2019

In September, the highest-ranking counterterrorism officer in Britain, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, declared the far-right to be the fastest growing terrorist threat to Britain. According to the Met, in the last year, a quarter of all terrorism related arrests were of...

Italian Populists Use Social Welfare to Ignite a “War Between the Poor”

Italian Populists Use Social Welfare to Ignite a “War Between the Poor”

Oct 07, 2019

Since Matteo Salvini took over the leadership of the Northern League party (rebranded as the League before last year’s elections) in late 2013, the focus of his harsh political campaigns shifted from southern Italians — the so-called “Terroni,” or people of the countryside — to...

How the Radical Right Co-Opted Religion

How the Radical Right Co-Opted Religion

Oct 04, 2019

The recent publication of the British Social Attitudes Survey offered dismal reading for the Church of England and British Christianity more broadly. As Polly Toynbee put it in The Guardian, the findings showed that Christianity in Britain was in rapid retreat. In little more than a decade, the...

The New Age of Protest

The New Age of Protest

Oct 04, 2019

Led by young people, climate strikers blocked traffic on two mornings at the end of last month in Washington, DC. On the first day, protesters chained themselves to a boat three blocks from the White House, and 32 activists were arrested. On the second day, activists targeted the Environmental...

How German Reunification Could Change Global Capitalism Today

How German Reunification Could Change Global Capitalism Today

Oct 01, 2019

Nearly 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, powerful images come to mind from those heady days of 1989: people dancing on walls and the related assumption that from now on freedom would reign around the world. Global capitalism had prevailed over the state-run socialist model, and people...

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