Fair Observer Monthly: February 2024





Fair Observer Monthly is a chance for you to sit down, look back and think about the month past. A month lasts 28 to 31 days, a suitably appropriate time to take stock of the world. We publish daily on our website and we select some of our best articles every month in our e-magazine. We will give you context and multiple perspectives on issues that matter. We will inform and educate you. Fair Observer Monthly does what we promise: make sense of the world.

In February, the Israel–Hamas war in Gaza once again dominated headlines. Fair Observer strove to bring you multiple perspectives on this thorny conflict. Nafees Ahmad laments that Israel got off easy at the International Court of Justice. Benjamin Canyon Gass encourages us be wary of dehumanizing language when we speak about Hamas. Our assistant editor India Nye Wenner looked at polarization over the Gaza issue among young Americans. Another of our assistant editors, Tara Yarwais, took a look at radicalization, protest, and the self-immolation of Palestine activist Aaron Bushnell. Mordechai de Haas takes an in-depth look at the reasons why Israeli intelligence failed to detect the October 7 assault that Hamas had been planning. Leonard Weinberg analyzes the war by drawing parallels with World War II.

Yet, aside from Israel and Gaza, Fair Observer brings you global perspectives on issues from around the world. Afghan native and Fair Observer assistant editor Ali Omar Forozish describes the historical roots that feed Taliban ideology. Mahesh Jethmalani tells how India’s new justice code replaces an outdated legal system inherited from the days of British colonialism. Patrick Ziegenhain tells how the world’s third-largest democracy, Indonesia, held a presidential election in a time of democratic erosion. Turning to the world’s second-largest democracy, Scott Bennett explains why Donald Trump remains so popular despite the mistaken impression observers have that supporting him is not rational.

As we seek to understand the past and present, we also look forward to the future. Anna Rdzok explains her reservations about the near economic future of the US. Dale Buckner sounds the alarm about the future prospects of doing business in a China which is increasingly cracking down on dissidents including international visitors. Finally, Peter Isackson looks ahead to the possibilities of real dialogue between two diverse intelligences — the human and the artificial.

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Content of Publication

The Israel-Hamas War Triggers Startling Division Between Young Americans – India Nye Wenner

India’s New Justice Code: What You Need To Know – Mahesh Jethmalani

Israel Didn’t Predict the October 7 Massacre. The Reasons Why Are Important. – Mordechai de Haas

Indonesia Will Pick a New President in a Time of Democratic Erosion – Patrick Ziegenhain

History, Heritage, Hegemony: The Truth About the Taliban Emirate – Ali Omar Forozish

The Lebanese Phalanges in the Interwar Era – Amir Darwish

The Truth About Allied Air Operations in World War II – Leonard Weinberg

It’s Simplistic to Assume Trump’s Devoted Voters are Irrational. – Scott Bennett

Why It Is Important to Humanize “Terrorists” – Benjamin Canyon Gass

South Africa v. Israel: Killer Administration Gets Off Easy – Nafees Ahmad

Outside the Box: All I Wanted Was a Goddam Link! – Peter Isackson

Two Economic Issues Challenge Soft-Landing Optimism in the US – Anna Rdzok

China’s Exit Bans Are the New Normal: Executives Must Prepare – Dale Buckner

The Myth of Economic Armageddon: The Truth About Western Sanctions on Russia – Valery Engel

Aaron Bushnell and the Psychology Behind Radicalization and Self-Harm – Tara Yarwais


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