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Hurricane Harvey Must Prompt Clarity, Anger and Action

Hurricane Harvey Must Prompt Clarity, Anger and Action

Only about half of Americans believe human activity causes climate change, and their lack of knowledge contributes to a situation where the historically largest carbon emitter fails to show climate leadership.  Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast, delivering 40 to 60 inches of rain in...

The Meaning of Confederate Monuments

The Meaning of Confederate Monuments

Many in the US have been questioning whether to keep the country’s monuments that represent Confederate, racist values of the American Civil War. On August 12, white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of Confederate monuments, including a...

Educating Everyone in Indonesia

Educating Everyone in Indonesia

The reason schools and teachers are reluctant to welcome students with disabilities into their institutions is due to the challenges they face. On August 17, Indonesia marks 72 years since its independence. For many, this day symbolizes the country’s long battle to fight for what its founding...

The Snail in the Arms Race

The Snail in the Arms Race

The Gulf crisis has produced a combination of snail-pace social change and a dangerous arms race. A two-month-old crisis pitting Qatar against an alliance led by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is proving to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it has revived momentum for...

Saudi Arabia Engages With Iraqi Shias

Saudi Arabia Engages With Iraqi Shias

Saudi Arabia is getting closer to Iraq in a bid to curtail the influence of Iran. With the Islamic State (IS) on the ropes in Iraq, Saudi Arabia is forging ties to Iraqi Shia leaders and offering to help fund reconstruction of Mosul and other predominantly Sunni Muslim cities, which were...

The Middle East is Getting Cold

The Middle East is Getting Cold

For decades, Saudi Arabia and Iran have confronted each other through military involvement in proxy wars. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the Middle East has been wracked by war, conflict, insurgencies and uprisings. The Middle East of today resembles a chessboard, where many different...

Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence

Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence

Are Scotland and Catalonia willing to do what it takes to achieve independence? In 2007, the Scottish National Party launched a proposal of holding a referendum over Scotland’s independence. In 2009, some activists detached from mainstream Catalan parties launched the same proposal in...

It’s Hard Being a Woman in Iraq

It’s Hard Being a Woman in Iraq

When it comes to women’s rights in Iraq, it is time for a radical shift. On July 25, police in northern Iraq found the body of a young woman, 25, who was murdered, burned and dumped on a rural road between the villages of Hizob and Grtik. It is reported that she was newly married and that her...

Who’s a “Bad Jew”?

Who’s a “Bad Jew”?

Progressive Jewish groups are rising to criticize the Israeli occupation and fight fundamentalism in both Israel and the West. In the TV show Transparent, the Pfeffermans are an infuriating family. Mort, the patriarch, is transitioning to Maura, and much of the focus of the show is on the...

The Silent Revolution in European Defense

The Silent Revolution in European Defense

With its new European Defense Fund, the EU is reaching an unprecedented milestone: funding the defense industry. Until now, European defense has been advancing at a snail’s pace, but the latest moves may launch it a quantum leap forward. However, recent progress is not due to the grand...

How Fake News Drives Public Opinion About Muslims

How Fake News Drives Public Opinion About Muslims

Images on social media play an important role in constructing fake news and driving the narratives that fulfil political agendas. Misinformation about Muslims — including refugees, immigrants and ordinary citizens — has been used to construct harmful narratives, reinforce existing...

India and the Right to Education

India and the Right to Education

Indian children from disadvantaged backgrounds are still discriminated against when it comes to education. In India, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE Act) came into being in 2009 and became effective from April 2010. However, the government’s attitude toward its...

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