COVID-19 and Populism: A Bad Combination for Europe’s Banks

Jul 13, 2020

As Germany takes over the EU’s rotating presidency, Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the bloc is facing a triple challenge: the coronavirus pandemic — in retreat but still requiring constant vigilance — the EU’s steepest-ever economic downturn and political demons waiting in the wings,...

The Mount of Autocrats
Jul 10, 2020

The Mount of Autocrats

A New Hysteria Around History in the US
Jul 09, 2020

A New Hysteria Around History in the US

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face
Jul 09, 2020

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face

Why Has Islamophobia Risen in America?

Why Has Islamophobia Risen in America?

Jul 08, 2020

Islamophobia in the US has increased ever since the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Discrimination and hate crimes against American Muslims skyrocketed immediately after the deadliest assault on US soil took place. Despite sporadic efforts by former President Barack Obama to bridge the religious and racial...

Has Putin Won the Vote on Constitutional Amendments?

Has Putin Won the Vote on Constitutional Amendments?

Jul 08, 2020

On July 3, the Russian central election commission announced the results of the nationwide vote on constitutional reforms, the biggest shake-up of the constitution since it was adopted in 1993. According to official data, 77.92% of voters, or 57.7 million people, cast their ballots in favor of the...

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

Jul 08, 2020

The appointment of the new Iraqi prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, could have significant implications for the country’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has heavily meddled in Iraq’s affairs post-2003. Kadhimi was serving as the director of the Iraqi National Intelligence...

Modi’s Fantasy Versus Xi’s Reality

Modi's Fantasy Versus Xi's Reality

Jul 07, 2020

By banning TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expanded its ongoing military confrontation with China to include trade. While it will keep his voters happy, the brewing stand-off has exposed the yawning gap between global geopolitics and Modi’s propaganda....

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

Paraguay’s current president, Mario Abdo Benitez, was elected in April 2018. When he was sworn into office in August that year, it represented a second consecutive five-year term in power for the conservative Colorado Party, following the right-wing presidency of Horacio Cartes. At 48, Abdo...

Trump’s Ambiguous Battle Against Middle East Turmoil

Trump’s Ambiguous Battle Against Middle East Turmoil

Jul 03, 2020

On June 24, Al Jazeera’s reporter at the White House attempted to determine President Donald Trump’s position on the Israeli plan to begin illegally annexing occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had promised to begin operations on July...

Trump Is Playing Peekaboo With the Pandemic

Trump Is Playing Peekaboo With the Pandemic

Jul 03, 2020

If the United States had quick-thinking and efficient leadership, the pandemic would have infected about 100,000 people and killed only a couple thousand. That’s the experience of South Korea, times seven to account for the difference in population. If the United States had overwhelmed but...

Instagram Is a Strategic Communication Channel

Instagram Is a Strategic Communication Channel

Jul 02, 2020

Communication between governments and citizens has changed over the years. The digital era has provided state actors with new channels to spread their messages. Different channels offer different types of outreach. Nevertheless, successful communication requires consistency and...

What’s Annexed on Netanyahu’s July Agenda?

What’s Annexed on Netanyahu’s July Agenda?

Jul 02, 2020

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, dispenses with illusions in his reading of the likely historical consequences of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s move to annex up to 30% of the occupied West Bank. Israel is expected to unilaterally proceed with the announced...

Trump, Biden and the Bear

Trump, Biden and the Bear

Jul 02, 2020

As the joke goes, when confronted by a grizzly, you don’t have to outrun the bear — you just need to outrun your camping partner. With the bear symbolizing every form of headwind that both candidates in the 2020 US election face — from COVID-19, ongoing protests and the US economy to a...

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