How Economic Realities in Saudi Arabia Can Benefit Women

February 05, 2017

Two major Indian IT firms have set up women-only workplaces in Saudi Arabia. Will the initiative empower women to succeed? Three years ago, technology services conglomerate Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) opened an office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that was unlike any of their other offices in...

What is Behind India’s Demonetization Drive?

January 18, 2017

With 86% of currency out of circulation, it is India’s poor who have been most affected by demonetization. On November 8, 2016, India’s government placed an immediate ban on all Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes—an equivalent of $7 and $15. The measure was an attempt to address the problem of...

Putin Makes an Offer Trump Can’t Refuse

January 17, 2017

A mutual disregard for principled politics will unite Presidents Putin and Trump. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have one thing in common: they are both unburdened by principles. Trump’s election threatens to bring America down to Putin’s level where only self interest counts. They both...

Iraq: Instability to Persist After the Fall of Mosul

January 12, 2017

The eventual fall of Mosul will mark a significant victory for the Iraqi government and a major defeat for the Islamic State, though the group’s supporters will continue to launch terrorist attacks. On January 8, Iraq’s elite counterterrorism troops reached the eastern bank of the Tigris...

Yes We Can: Our Favorite Obama Moments

January 11, 2017

Remembering Barack Obama’s best moments. Since before he first took over the presidential office in 2009, the young senator from Chicago Barack Obama carried an air of hope and promise. “Yes we can!” became a winning slogan that sought to propel America forward into a brighter future. With...

Meryl Streep Defends the Big Three: Hollywood, Foreigners and the Press

January 10, 2017

Donald Trump’s persistent divisive rhetoric provoked Meryl Streep to take a stance. Sunday night saw the Hollywood elite honored at the 74th Golden Globes Awards, but the upheaval caused by the election of Donald Trump as US president remained center stage. While several actors made subtle...

Assimilation in America is Not Black and White

January 02, 2017

The notion of “assimilation” itself may be the source of the struggle, as Americans confront the assimilation of immigrants into their communities, whether they arrive legally or illegally. After spending almost four years arriving at the conclusion that an unprincipled, ignorant,...

Stephen Colbert Signs Off on the US Election

November 11, 2016

Politics keeps us from remembering all the things we actually have in common. The US presidential election has been a long, ruthless battle for the hearts and minds of America, and it has come to a spectacular end no one expected. With half the nation jubilant, Stephen Colbert nails it when he...

The Phenomenon of Donald Trump Will Live On

October 18, 2016

The causes that have put Donald Trump so close to the White House must be addressed. I am not worried about Donald Trump winning the US presidential election on November 8. He won’t, the experts keep telling us. And right-thinking people all over the world want to hear that. But I do worry...

Why is Morocco Reaching Out to Africa and Asia?

September 15, 2016

Morocco is playing the long game. Whether with the African Union or the UN Security Council, the kingdom knows it needs friends. In his speech on August 20, King Mohammed VI of Morocco continued his country’s campaign to highlight its political and economic ties to Africa. The occasion was...

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