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...

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

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face

Modi’s Fantasy Versus Xi’s Reality
Jul 07, 2020

Modi's Fantasy Versus Xi's Reality

Did COVID-19 Originate in China?
Jul 07, 2020

Did COVID-19 Originate in China?

China Continues Its Persecution of Uighur Muslims

China Continues Its Persecution of Uighur Muslims

Jul 01, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the shortcomings of the capitalist and institutionally racist systems that govern our world, but its precedence in the media has drawn attention away from human rights abuses that continue to take place. Worse still, the global lockdowns caused by the public...

How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?

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...

Sweden Leads the Way on Uighur Rights

Sweden Leads the Way on Uighur Rights

Jun 16, 2020

Article 1 of the UN Refugee Convention defines a refugee as “someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.” In...

Why India and China Are Fighting Right Now

Why India and China Are Fighting Right Now

Jun 15, 2020

The border clash between China and India has made the headlines of international news. On May 5, troops from both countries confronted each other on the banks of Pangong Lake in Ladakh, the northernmost region of India. Four days later, they squared off in North Sikkim, an area of India that...

COVID-19 Brings an Epidemic of “Othering”

COVID-19 Brings an Epidemic of “Othering”

Jun 11, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, health-care systems around the world are left strained. The outbreak continues to throttle the efficiency of many health-care sectors, pushing some to the brink. While deficiencies within public health systems are exposed, other viral enemies have come to the...

COVID-19 Contact Tracing: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

COVID-19 Contact Tracing: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

Jun 10, 2020

As the world continues to grapple with the implications of the COVID-19 crisis, including mass infection and death, a global economic downturn and the stigmatization of minority communities, the rush to reopen and “get back to work” weighs hard on world leaders. Along with vaccine development,...

Could a Chinese Brand Become the Next Nike?

Could a Chinese Brand Become the Next Nike?

Jun 07, 2020

Anta, the leading Chinese sportswear brand, is determined to make itself as well-known and trendy around the world as Adidas and Nike. With it being named an official sponsor of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and with Chinese President Xi Jinping having been seen wearing the brand, it might be a...

Trump’s Treatment of WHO Boss Is a Lesson for Africa

Trump’s Treatment of WHO Boss Is a Lesson for Africa

Jun 04, 2020

We may not like what President Donald Trump is saying about the World Health Organization (WHO), China and the world at large. In fact, we do not like it at all, but Trump has a point, and acknowledging it would empower us to address him in earnest, with honesty and efficiency. The world is led...

Can the US Help Central Asia Reclaim the Silk Road?

Can the US Help Central Asia Reclaim the Silk Road?

Jun 03, 2020

Everyone likes a snappy pop-cultural title with which to approach international politics and strategy because it makes relatable what is often viewed as an opaque process of the elites. Rudyard Kipling’s “Great Game” was a chessboard and originally referred to the various schemes and...

Beijing Wants to Rewrite the Global Rulebook

Beijing Wants to Rewrite the Global Rulebook

Jun 02, 2020

It should be apparent to most observers of international relations that the Chinese government wants the world to play by its own set of rules. Beijing appears to believe that China’s rise and its assumption of global leadership positions are an inevitable extension of earlier periods in its...

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