Biden Should Rejoin the Iran Deal Before It's Too Late

Feb 25, 2021

As Congress still struggles to pass a COVID relief bill, the rest of the world is nervously reserving judgment on the new US president and his foreign policy after successive administrations have delivered unexpected and damaging shocks to the world and the international...

Fascism and Peace: Incompatible or Inseparable?
Feb 25, 2021

Fascism and Peace: Incompatible or Inseparable?

The Historical Significance of Malcolm X’s Assassination
Feb 24, 2021

The Historical Significance of Malcolm X’s Assassination

Divide and Rule: What Drives Anti-Asian Resentment in America?
Feb 24, 2021

Divide and Rule: What Drives Anti-Asian Resentment in America?

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up

Feb 23, 2021

If not for the familiar awkwardness of social distancing rules, the scene at the digital party conference of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) would have been fit for a daytime game show. With the theme from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” playing in the background and the CDU's...

India Is on a Solar Mission

India Is on a Solar Mission

Feb 23, 2021

Globally, the short-term changes in pollution levels associated with COVID-19 lockdown measures highlighted the importance of investment in renewable energy sources more than ever. India's National Solar Mission was set as one of the policy initiatives under the National Action Plan on Climate...

How Appropriate Is Kendall Jenner’s Cultural Appropriation?

How Appropriate Is Kendall Jenner’s Cultural Appropriation?

Feb 22, 2021

Humanity can be divided into two groups: those who know about and understand an influential American family known as the Kardashian-Jenner clan and those who may have heard their names mentioned but have no idea why. The author of this column belongs to the second group.  Of the five...

The US Senate Is a Global Problem

The US Senate Is a Global Problem

Feb 22, 2021

Watching the Senate conduct the second impeachment trial of former US President Donald Trump brought back a flood of memories from high school. I distinctly remember an earlier incarnation of those Trump-friendly Republican senators taking up their positions at the back of class to snicker, yawn...

Can Chinawood Win Soft Power for Beijing?

Can Chinawood Win Soft Power for Beijing?

Feb 19, 2021

With movie theaters closed all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hollywood studios had little reason for celebration over the past year. In business for over a century, Universal Pictures (founded in 1912), Paramount (1912), Warner Bros. (1923), Walt Disney (1923) and Columbia Pictures...

The Texas Crisis: Tilting at Windmills

The Texas Crisis: Tilting at Windmills

Feb 19, 2021

Sometime last week, cold air escaped from the polar vortex, which usually stays high above the north pole. That icy air then traveled down to wreak havoc across Texas, a state geographically larger than France, bordering Mexico. Its nearly 30 million inhabitants are just starting to realize the...

The Italian Job: Can Mario Draghi Master It?

The Italian Job: Can Mario Draghi Master It?

Feb 19, 2021

A political crisis was the last thing Italy needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet a personal conflict between the leader of Italia Viva, Matteo Renzi, and the previous prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, led to the collapse of the coalition in mid-January. President Sergio Mattarella then...

Cults Have Conquered Wall Street

Cults Have Conquered Wall Street

Feb 19, 2021

Some followers of technology news may remember the year 2018 when the media occasionally featured embarrassing headlines about Elon Musk, a small-time billionaire at that point of his history, weighing in at around a paltry $20 billion. Musk managed to get himself into trouble on more than one...

Germany’s Greens Are Within Earshot of Power

Germany’s Greens Are Within Earshot of Power

Feb 18, 2021

In 1983, long-haired MPs wearing knitted sweaters and carrying flowers entered Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag. These obscure and humble beginnings of the Greens as an anti-establishment party are long gone from the German political scene. From 1998 to 2005, the party formed a governing...

What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?

What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?

Feb 18, 2021

In November of last year, Donald Trump lost the presidential election with the highest number of votes for a Republican candidate ever and the second-highest for a presidential candidate. Only Joe Biden did better. Trump also managed to garner the second-highest share of the non-white vote, 26%....

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