Fintech’s Problem With Race

May 11, 2021

It’s been a turbulent year for the fintech industry. The pandemic had its effect on the sector, just as it did on many others, in strange and contradictory ways. Experts are predicting that COVID-19 will drive more people into the fintech market while simultaneously slowing down the...

Can Joe Biden Convince America?
May 10, 2021

Can Joe Biden Convince America?

What Is Behind the Escalation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border?
May 10, 2021

What Is Behind the Escalation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border?

Big Pharma’s Big Free Lunch
May 10, 2021

Big Pharma’s Big Free Lunch

Immigration Is the Solution for the Falling US Birth Rate

Immigration Is the Solution for the Falling US Birth Rate

May 07, 2021

Germany faces a major crisis. The German birth rate is considerably below what’s needed to replace the population. German seniors, meanwhile, are living longer and drawing more on state resources for their pensions and health care. There are basically two ways out of this demographic...

After Long Wavering, a Waiver

After Long Wavering, a Waiver

May 07, 2021

During last year’s presidential election campaign, candidate Joe Biden promised “absolutely” and “positively” to support the waiver of US patents to permit the unencumbered manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines in the rest of the world. Once Biden was elected, the words “absolutely” and...

Israel Must Accept ICC Jurisdiction Over Palestine

Israel Must Accept ICC Jurisdiction Over Palestine

May 06, 2021

On February 5, the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that it has jurisdiction over the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967. Seven years after the 2014 Gaza conflict, in which war crimes were committed by both Israel and armed Palestinian groups according to the United...

Who’s Afraid of Directed Energy Attacks?

Who’s Afraid of Directed Energy Attacks?

May 06, 2021

As if the Biden administration was lacking in pretexts to start a new war with Russia, Donald Trump’s former Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller has stepped up to lead a campaign more reminiscent of a tale from the “Twilight Zone” than the USA’s strategic rivalry with the Soviet...

Corruption, an Unnecessary Evil

Corruption, an Unnecessary Evil

May 06, 2021

Since the United Nations Convention Against Corruption was adopted in October 2003, International Anti-Corruption Day is observed annually on December 9. In the context of the ongoing pandemic, António Guterres, the UN secretary general, had a clear message: “Corruption is...

Where India Went Wrong

Where India Went Wrong

May 05, 2021

In just over a month, India has gone from boasting about its vaccine distribution to becoming the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. As this author explained in a previous article, many have questioned whether India’s vaccine diplomacy was a bold masterstroke or an unwise...

For a Few Billion Dollars More

For a Few Billion Dollars More

May 05, 2021

The Guardian’s wealth correspondent, Rupert Neate, is an unrelenting fan of philanthropist Bill Gates. On April 11, he effusively praised the fact that “billionaires — including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey — have committed huge amounts of their money to...

Russia Ramps Up Pressure Against Kremlin Critics

Russia Ramps Up Pressure Against Kremlin Critics

May 05, 2021

Visibly weakened following a hunger strike in prison yet full of his usual verve, Alexei Navalny appeared before a court via videoconference on April 29 to appeal his fine for the defamation of a World War II veteran just as branches of his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) were being shuttered...

Will France’s 2022 Election Become a Political Volcano?

Will France’s 2022 Election Become a Political Volcano?

May 04, 2021

In just 12 months, French voters will be invited to judge Emmanuel Macron’s five years in office as president of the Fifth Republic. Most pundits in the media lazily assume it will boil down to a second-round repeat of the 2017 contest: Macron versus the right-wing firebrand, Marine Le Pen....

Has the US Always Been at War?

Has the US Always Been at War?

May 04, 2021

Here’s the strange thing in an ever-stranger world: I was born in July 1944 in the midst of a devastating world war. That war ended in August 1945 with the atomic obliteration of two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by the most devastating bombs in history up to that...

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