Shamima Begum: The Sensitive Case of IS Returnees

Aug 10, 2020

Born in the UK to Bangladeshi parents, Shamima Begum left London as a 15-year-old in 2015. Using her British passport, she traveled to Turkey with two of her friends from school. From there, Begum and her friends crossed into Syria, where they met their Islamic State (IS) contacts. While in Syria,...

It’s Time to Ban Fair & Lovely
Jul 15, 2020

It’s Time to Ban Fair & Lovely

Global Pandemic Exposes Gender Inequality
Jul 13, 2020

Global Pandemic Exposes Gender Inequality

America Can’t Afford to Sideline Domestic Abuse
Jun 30, 2020

America Can’t Afford to Sideline Domestic Abuse

The Sadly Illusory Spontaneity of the Super-Rich

The Sadly Illusory Spontaneity of the Super-Rich

Jun 29, 2020

In an article for The Economist’s 1843 magazine,  the sociologist Ashley Mears lets readers discover the economic and psychological reality of a hyperreal world reserved for the winners in the global economy. She unveils how the super-wealthy spend their super-wealth at “VIP parties”...

How Will COVID-19 Shape Our Society?

How Will COVID-19 Shape Our Society?

Jun 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to...

It’s Time for #MeToo to Address Structural Racism

It’s Time for #MeToo to Address Structural Racism

Jun 17, 2020

The impact of the #MeToo movement has no doubt been useful in getting us to speak about the traumas we experience in various spaces. But there is more to be done. Every institution, ranging from private to public, which includes professional, religious, political, educational and social...

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Jun 10, 2020

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is grappling with COVID-19, an unresolved war in Yemen and collapsed oil prices. At the same time, recurrent purges of opponents of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) are harming the country’s foreign investment climate. Within this context, the ambitious Vision...

How the Radical Right Is Appropriating Feminism

How the Radical Right Is Appropriating Feminism

Jun 04, 2020

In the United States, common narratives circulated by the radical right and right-wing extremists about the coronavirus pandemic include racist, anti-Asian stories of the virus’ origination, xenophobic calls to close all borders as well as “liberation” protests that argue that government...

COVID-19 Casts a Shadow Over Swedish Exceptionalism

COVID-19 Casts a Shadow Over Swedish Exceptionalism

May 21, 2020

Sweden has dealt with the global COVID-19 pandemic very differently from the other Nordic countries. All but Sweden are led by women. The female prime ministers in Denmark, Norway and Finland closed down their countries in the middle of March and have dealt with the pandemic in an open, inclusive...

Abuse in Lockdown: Gender Violence in the Philippines

Abuse in Lockdown: Gender Violence in the Philippines

May 20, 2020

On April 6, it was reported that the Commission on Human Rights was calling for stronger measures to tackle the increased rates of domestic violence incidents in the Philippines due to the lockdown measures that were implemented on March 16. The quarantine is worsening the problem of...

Keeping the #MeToo Movement Relevant During the Pandemic

Keeping the #MeToo Movement Relevant During the Pandemic

May 08, 2020

On February 24, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree. On Wednesday, March 11, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison. On Thursday, March 19, California issued a "stay at home" order, the first statewide measure in the United...

How to Fight Domestic Violence During a Global Pandemic

How to Fight Domestic Violence During a Global Pandemic

Apr 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent restrictions on movement have led to unprecedented lockdowns in countries across the world, leaving people with no choice but to remain at home. While for some this means days of ensuing boredom and lethargy, for vulnerable stakeholders, lockdown measures...

Martha Nussbaum’s Magnificent Opus, a Critique

Martha Nussbaum’s Magnificent Opus, a Critique

Mar 13, 2020

The philosopher Martha Nussbaum has a prodigious output and, indeed, it takes a prodigious effort to keep up with it. No sooner had I completed reading the latest trio of her books than a new one was signaled,  many of the recent works being based on her delivery of prestigious guest lectures...

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