Fair Observer: Best of the Month

Fair Observer’s five best articles for September.

For those of us in the northern hemisphere this is the time of autumn. On the east coast of North America, it is a time of russet, yellow and gold. In Europe, it is a time of “mists and mellow fruitlessness” as described by Keats in Ode to Autumn. In India, it is a time when the monsoons have ended and festivals such as Durga Puja and Dussehra are around the corner. At Fair Observer, we think this is an apt moment for us to introduce to you what we believe to be the five best articles of the month.

We chose the articles after much editorial debate. Needless to say, it is an imperfect list and many of you will disagree with our choice. Nevertheless, we think that all five articles provide unique insights and we are proud to share them with you.

If you are north of the equator, we wish you a wonderful autumn and, if you are south of it, we wish you an invigorating spring.

1: Natasha Smith: Is This Egypt? — by Natasha Smith

Sexual harassment is endemic in Egypt, and increasing numbers of women have begun speaking out against it. Fair Observer’s Natasha Smith asks how this deep-seated problem affects women in Egypt and what can be done to stop it.

2: Eurozone Bailouts: The German Constitutional Court Says Yes but Bundesbank Says No — by Gunnar Beck

The German Constitutional Court passes a judgment to support Chancellor Merkel’s position on the European Stability Mechanism Treaty, but the Bundesbank opposes European Central Bank’s unlimited bond buying programme.

3: A Spiritual Life: Exclusive Interview with HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar — by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar discusses a new era of spirituality that is compatible with modern, western living.

4: Obama’s “Creative Ambiguity” Preserves Stability in East Asia (A-) — by Nicholas Gordon

In his first term, President Obama has sustained the policy of “creative ambiguity,” mixing firm criticism with calm engagement.

5: Migrants Caught in the Crosshairs of Violent Cartels and Government Policy — by Alex McAnarney

Nameless and faceless, migrants travelingthrough Mexico inhabit the shadowy intersections of drug war violence, government corruption, and poorly designed policy.

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