The Me Too Movement: Changing the Rules of the Game

Nov 15, 2019

We have come a long way from the times when women were classified as militants and arrested for demanding voting rights, stepping in front of galloping horses to garner attention. In just over two years, the #MeToo movement has made us question the notion of sexual engagement, our understanding of...

When Angry Words Become Violent Actions
Nov 14, 2019

When Angry Words Become Violent Actions

Fearing a Labour Victory, Britain’s 1% Threaten to Go on Strike
Nov 04, 2019

Fearing a Labour Victory, Britain’s 1% Threaten to Go on Strike

Extinction Rebellion Is Not a Cult
Nov 01, 2019

Extinction Rebellion Is Not a Cult

New Cracks in the Global Far Right?

New Cracks in the Global Far Right?

Oct 31, 2019

In a remarkable confluence of events, the right-wing national leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel find themselves, at least for a brief historical moment, besieged by criticism and stark political dangers. In the US, President Donald Trump is facing a more serious...

The Art of the Back-Pedal

The Art of the Back-Pedal

Oct 25, 2019

It is a hallmark of right-wing populists to make a preposterous policy and then be forced — by opposition, by circumstance, by the laws of physics — to retreat. Three very recent examples involve US President Donald Trump, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

The TED website describes Kishore Mahbubani, a career diplomat from Singapore, as someone who “re-envisions global power dynamics through the lens of rising Asian economies.” This description is not just apt for Mahbubani but also for his new book, “Has the West Lost It?” The title may...

The Case Against Cats and Babies

The Case Against Cats and Babies

Oct 18, 2019

Two years ago, my wife and I went to a dog “salon” in a small French town on the other side of Geneva. The puppies were adorable, but even more were the kittens one breeder was exhibiting together with his puppies. Taking advantage of my obvious immediate infatuation with the tiny creatures,...

The Issue Behind the WAG Instagram Scandal

The Issue Behind the WAG Instagram Scandal

Oct 11, 2019

“She said to me: ‘I’m not pointing the finger’ and I said: ‘You have just annihilated me in public and hung me out to dry. The whole world hates me!’” So says wide-eyed Rebekah Vardy, seemingly incredulous at her friend Coleen Rooney’s very public, even flamboyant disclosure that...

Far-Right Terrorism Is Now Britain’s Fastest Growing Problem

Far-Right Terrorism Is Now Britain’s Fastest Growing Problem

Oct 09, 2019

In September, the highest-ranking counterterrorism officer in Britain, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, declared the far-right to be the fastest growing terrorist threat to Britain. According to the Met, in the last year, a quarter of all terrorism related arrests were of...

How the Radical Right Co-Opted Religion

How the Radical Right Co-Opted Religion

Oct 04, 2019

The recent publication of the British Social Attitudes Survey offered dismal reading for the Church of England and British Christianity more broadly. As Polly Toynbee put it in The Guardian, the findings showed that Christianity in Britain was in rapid retreat. In little more than a decade, the...

The New Age of Protest

The New Age of Protest

Oct 04, 2019

Led by young people, climate strikers blocked traffic on two mornings at the end of last month in Washington, DC. On the first day, protesters chained themselves to a boat three blocks from the White House, and 32 activists were arrested. On the second day, activists targeted the Environmental...

The Growing Case for Banning E-Cigarettes

The Growing Case for Banning E-Cigarettes

Oct 01, 2019

Despite being marketed as cooler and healthier alternatives to smoking, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that e-cigarettes should come with similar health warnings as regular tobacco products. Yet, while further research is needed to determine once and for all whether...

Talking Islamophobia With Tahir Abbas

Talking Islamophobia With Tahir Abbas

Sep 23, 2019

Driven by the rise of the far right and white nationalist movements, Islamophobia is on a rising tide, with widespread discrimination and record-high attacks on Muslims across the Western world. Norway recently avoided a tragedy when three Muslim men prevented a 21- year-old gunman from carrying...

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