Did COVID-19 Originate in China?

Jul 07, 2020

For months, as the COVID-19 disease was spreading and hundreds of thousands of people were dying across the world, accusations amplified by the media flew across borders in a global blame game. They raised three great destabilizing questions: Which nation was responsible for bringing COVID-19 into...

If a Statue Offends My Sister, It Also Offends Me
Jul 02, 2020

If a Statue Offends My Sister, It Also Offends Me

How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Economy?
Jun 26, 2020

How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Economy?

Understanding the Dynamics of the Far Right
Jun 23, 2020

Understanding the Dynamics of the Far Right

How Mismanaging a Pandemic Can Cost Countries Their Soft Power

How Mismanaging a Pandemic Can Cost Countries Their Soft Power

Jun 18, 2020

The term soft power was coined by Joseph Nye in the late 1980s as a country's ability to influence others without the use of force. Soft power is established in culture and grounded in history, unlike hard power, which is based on coercion and the use of military and economic means. Soft power and...

Oxford Chancellor Mobilizes Nelson Mandela’s Spirit to Exonerate Cecil Rhodes

Oxford Chancellor Mobilizes Nelson Mandela’s Spirit to Exonerate Cecil Rhodes

Jun 15, 2020

In an op-ed published by The Guardian, the Zimbabwean scholar Simukai Chigudu, an associate professor of African politics at the University of Oxford, defends the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement. RMF seeks the removal of a statue in Oxford of Cecil Rhodes, the diamond mining magnate and...

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

Jun 15, 2020

While celebrating the contribution of refugees, we must acknowledge the importance of all who are driven from their homelands not only by fear and terror, but also by desperate need. Human bridges and personal connections have been built by great movements across the globe as people escape war and...

When Islanders Are Robbed of Their Homeland

When Islanders Are Robbed of Their Homeland

May 27, 2020

In May 2019, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on Britain to return the Chagos Archipelago, a cluster of islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, to Mauritius, an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. The resolution endorsed an International Court of...

Has COVID-19 Launched a New Era of Deadly Pandemics?

Has COVID-19 Launched a New Era of Deadly Pandemics?

May 19, 2020

There are many theories as to how COVID-19 began. Some of them are plausible, others are nonsensical. US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have done their bit to fan such theories. Many in the world believe that the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was either released...

No, 5G Didn’t Cause the Coronavirus Pandemic

No, 5G Didn't Cause the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 11, 2020

What a strange, twisted time we’re all experiencing at the moment. It would be bad enough if all we had to contend with was a novel virus, a lockdown and a projected 12 to 18-month wait for a vaccine. Unfortunately, there are those among us who are indulging in the spread of...

Hate in the Time of Coronavirus

Hate in the Time of Coronavirus

May 07, 2020

There is no part of the globe that has not been affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. At the time of writing, over 200 countries and territories have reported outbreaks as the global number of confined COVID-19 cases continues its steady march towards 4 million. But there is another pandemic...

Brexit Is Heading for the Cliff Edge

Brexit Is Heading for the Cliff Edge

May 04, 2020

The European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, gave a stark warning recently about the lack of progress in the post-Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. But now, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come back to work after his battle with COVID-19, the disease caused by the...

History Will Judge Britain’s COVID-19 Response

History Will Judge Britain’s COVID-19 Response

Apr 30, 2020

The catalog of omissions in the British government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is well known. The decision to lock down was taken far too late in the day. Scientists have been too slow to criticize one another and too sure of their assumptions and methods. Shortages of personal...

The Brexit Transition Period Will Be Extended

The Brexit Transition Period Will Be Extended

Apr 29, 2020

“Can we please go back to talking about Brexit?” For the past few weeks, I got used to seeing this message on Twitter at least once a day, breaking the monopoly of news about the novel coronavirus. For some, it was a joke, half-nostalgically taking us back to the...

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