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Make Sense of 2022

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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.


The issues we face are important and complex. As with previous years, Make Sense of 2022 provides you with a plurality of perspectives on world issues. It has some of our best articles of the year from authors who cut across borders, backgrounds and beliefs.

In this edition, we shine a light on a wide range of issues with contributions from more than 50 authors. From international relations to economics, science, culture and religion, the articles take various forms, including interviews, book reviews, informal dialogue and more. Given the importance of 2022, with a pandemic still in the background and a major conflict breaking out in Eastern Europe with consequences for the global economy, this e-book provides a thorough reminder of all the critical issues.

This is an e-publication that can be read on smartphone, tablet and desktop in PDF format.


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Has Britain Achieved a Post-Racial Politics? – Martin Plaut

Is Afghanistan Going to Break Apart? – Tabish Forugh, Atul Singh

Former Austrian President Heinz Fischer Talks to Fair Observer – Ziabari, Heinz Fischer

Welcome to the Metaverse: The Peril and Potential of Governance – Benjamin Verdi

The Pashtun-led Taliban Could Break Apart Both Afghanistan and Pakistan – Atul Singh, Manu Sharma, Vikram Sood

Did Digital Media Retire the Sex Tape? – Ellis Cashmore

Britain’s Still Got It – Atul Singh, Martin Plaut

Since the Start of the Pandemic, Americans Are Drinking Too Much – Jennifer Wider

Truths, Not Myths, About Pakistan’s Founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah – Sanjeev Chopra, Atul Singh

A Personal Boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games – Gary Grappo

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Is a Wake-Up Call for Germany – Hans-Georg Betz

The Unthinkable: War Returns to Europe – Gary Grappo

Is Bosnia-Herzegovina Next on Russia’s Radar? – Emir Hadzikadunic

South Africa’s Enforced Race Classification Mirrors Apartheid – Martin Plaut

No, the Ban on Russian Athletes Should Not Be Lifted – Hans-Georg Betz

India’s Reasons For Abstaining in the UN on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine – Atul Singh, Christopher Roper Schell

Fellow White Women, It’s Time to Talk About Feminism – Colleen Wynn, Elizabeth Ziff

Is Peace Possible in Ukraine? – John Bruton

Are Tamil Brahmins Finally Shifting Their Outlook on Caste? – S. Suresh

The End of the Extraordinary Abramovich Era – Ellis Cashmore

“The Dawn of Everything,” including a New World Order (Maybe) – Peter Isackson

The Significance of South Korea’s New President Yoon Seok-yeol – Thomas Kalinowski

Confessions of a Modern Indian – Maanas Jain

Making Sense of India’s Newfound Love for Russian Oil – Shreeya Mishra

A Confused Atheist’s Pilgrimage of Indian Holy Sites – Ruyintan E. Mehta

Appeal to the UN to Protect Hazaras in Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s civil society leaders

The Tories Get a Thumping in Local UK Elections – Al Ghaff, Atul Singh

India Looks to Finland for an Effective Educational Model – Peter Isackson

The Old Woman and the QR Code – Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

The Education of Priests and the Future of the Catholic Church in Ireland – John Bruton

Tibetan Activist and Writer Tenzin Tsundue Talks to Fair Observer – Roberta Artemisia Campani, Tenzin Tsundue

Time for the US to Rethink Its Failed Cuba Policy – John Elliott

Shireen Abu Akleh: The Journalist Martyr – Swaleh Idris

India’s Foreign Minister Schools Western Journalist – Peter Isackson

Russian Imperialism, Not NATO Expansion, Caused the Ukraine War – Bhaskar Majumdar

No – Not just Russian Imperialism Has Triggered War in Ukraine – Peter Isackson

Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Erdonomics is Driving Turkey to Disaster – Atul Singh

Brains Explained: Vibration all the Way Down – William Softky

The Debate On Transgender Athletes Is Fundamentally About Fairness – Jennifer Wider

We are Living in an Increasingly Dangerous World… – John Bruton

Al-Zawahiri’s Killing Will Increase Global Chaos and Insecurity – Vas Shenoy

Belgium’s Regrets Not Enough: Congo Deserves Apology and Reparations for War Crimes – Mehdi Alavi

Why Women Support Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – Christopher Roper Schell

India’s Tradition of Tolerance Offers Lessons in Light of Salman Rushdie’s Stabbing – Soundarajan Narendran

Has the West Pacified the World Too Well and Allowed the East to Emerge as a Challenger? – Felicia Gooden

Supply of 5G Dives Demand for This Technology, Ignoring Downsides – Mansoor Hasan Khan

Under the Taliban, Afghanistan’s Madrassas Increase and Harbor Terrorists – Mohammad Shoaib Haidary

The US Dollar’s Global Dominance Is Facing a Big Threat – Syed Zain Abbas Rizvi

Why are Young People Protesting in Iran? – Mehdi Alavi, Atul Singh

High Time for Africans to Reclaim Their Agency – Claire Price, Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò

An Open Conversation on Buddhism – Srinivas Reddy, Peter Isackson, Steven Elleman

You are Free (Except to Speak Truth to Power) in America – Vikram Zutshi, Lee Camp

The Dirty Secrets About How Reza Shah Destroyed Iran – Mehdi Alavi, Atul Singh

A Young American Woman Loses Faith After Dobbs Ruling – Rachel Logue

Revolution Erupted in Iran Because of Mohammad Reza Shah – Mehdi Alavi, Atul Singh

Totalitarianism Now Presents an Unprecedented Global Threat – Gary Grappo

Fascistic Tendencies in the Muslim Brotherhood – Amir Darwish

Portuguese UN Chief Preaches to India: Is it White Savior Complex? – Soundarajan Narendran, K.T. Jagannathan

How Capital Eats Its Young – William Softky

Qatar Will Change the World Cup Forever – Ellis Cashmore

A New Fusing of Japanese-Aussie Synergies in the Indo-Pacific – Ved Shinde

Brazil’s New President and Hope for a Democratic Revival – Helder Ferreira do Vale

Is the Reckless Swiss National Bank Endangering Its Independence? – Alex Gloy

Tawang Is the India-China Battleground for Tibetan Buddhism – Atul Singh, Manu Sharma

Two Remarkable Things About Jesus (From a Jew) – Sarah Stein Lubrano

India’s IAS Officers Are Now Rapacious Thieves – Vikram Zutshi

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