America Is a Nation in Darkness

Jul 13, 2020

As America’s 2020 Independence Day fades from memory, many things are clearer. Americans love to go to beaches and bars as their petri dishes of choice, masks are a better idea than they were before Independence Day, there will never be a national pandemic response as long as Trump is president,...

COVID-19 and Populism: A Bad Combination for Europe’s Banks
Jul 13, 2020

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

Getting Qatar’s Tourism Sector Back on Track After COVID-19
Jul 13, 2020

Getting Qatar's Tourism Sector Back on Track After COVID-19

Deutsche Bank Regrets Its “Association” With Jeffrey Epstein
Jul 10, 2020

Deutsche Bank Regrets Its “Association” With Jeffrey Epstein

The Mount of Autocrats

The Mount of Autocrats

Jul 10, 2020

Donald Trump would dearly like to add his face to Mount Rushmore as the fifth presidential musketeer. His fireworks-and-fury extravaganza on July 3 was the next best thing. Trump’s dystopian speech was almost beside the point. Much more important was the photo op of his smirking face next to...

A New Hysteria Around History in the US

A New Hysteria Around History in the US

Jul 09, 2020

In its report on US President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July weekend in the shadow of Mount Rushmore, the Associated Press characterized his speech as “a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day.” While Trump himself “zeroed in on the desecration by some...

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face

Jul 09, 2020

As dusk fell on June 15, a bloody clash broke out between Chinese and Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley on the northwest China-India border, where a tributary of the Indus flows westward from Aksai Chin to Ladakh. In line with China’s recent expansionist policy elsewhere, its military had...

Should Hezbollah Be Disarmed?

Should Hezbollah Be Disarmed?

Jul 09, 2020

Amid Lebanon’s ongoing anti-government protests, various demonstrators have held signs demanding “No weapons but legal weapons. 1559, make it happen.” This is a clear reference to Hezbollah, a hybrid organization, political party, social movement and a regional player with global...

The City on the Hill Has Lost Its Shine and Its Bounce

The City on the Hill Has Lost Its Shine and Its Bounce

Jul 08, 2020

In a dramatic headline, Yahoo News expresses its surprise if not dismay that a “staggering 62 percent of Americans no longer see America as Ronald Reagan's 'shining city on a hill.'” Yahoo and YouGov published their poll to give an idea of the mood of the nation on this year’s Fourth of July...

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...

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