Analysis

America Is Not the Greatest Country on Earth. It’s No. 28

Violence, alcoholism, and obesity pose the biggest risks in the U.S. But the rest of the world isn’t doing much better. Every study ranking nations by health or living standards invariably offers Scandinavian social democracies a chance to show their quiet dominance. A new analysis published this week—perhaps the most comprehensive ever—is no different. But what it does reveal are the… Source: America Is Not the Greatest Country on Earth. It’s No. 28 – Bloomberg Read More »

Southern Thailand’s Peace Dialogue: No Traction

The August bombings in seven of Thailand’s tourist towns portend a wider conflict, while the peace dialogue process has lost momentum. To get back on track, fragmented militants must end doubtful hopes of victory through violence, and the government must commit to a… Source: Southern Thailand’s Peace Dialogue: No Traction | International Crisis Group Read More »

Peace Day: An Opportunity for Reflection

The International Day of Peace was inaugurated by the United Nations in 1981 and is celebrated on 21 September across the globe. By Professor Diane Bretherton, Dr Tania Miletic It provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of peace and to think about the role of the UN in creating a more peaceful world. The General Assembly has declared this as a day for strengthening the… Source: Peace Day: An Opportunity for Reflection – AIIA Read More »

Lebanon Needs Help to Cope With Huge Refugee Influx

Lebanon hosts some 1.5 million Syrian refugees, more refugees per capita than anywhere in the world. International support is needed to keep this fragile country from reaching the breaking point… Source: Lebanon Needs Help to Cope With Huge Refugee Influx | International Crisis Group Read More »

Refugee Summit Should Address Conflict Prevention

Immediate palliative care is a vital response to the world’s record numbers of refugees and internally displaced. Jonathan Prentice But any sustainable solution to this global crisis must go further, buttressing international law and ending the wars that drive so many from their… Source: Refugee Summit Should Address Conflict Prevention | International Crisis Group Read More »

Greece Needs to Be Honest About the Numbers

Companies — or even countries — that get themselves in trouble tend to have dicey numbers. Michael G. Jacobides If you don’t have the right data, you make the wrong decisions; and when you’ve taken the wrong decisions (out of poor judgment, bad luck, and especially incompetence), you’re often invented to try to make the… Source: Greece Needs to Be Honest About the Numbers Read More »

EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’

The Italian foreign minister on what member countries should discuss in Bratislava. By PAOLO GENTILONI ROME — From Syria to Iraq, from Daesh [Islamic State] to Libya, and the flows of migrants and refugees, the unrest in the Mediterranean represents a geopolitical priority for Italy. Repeated attacks by Islamic terrorists throughout… Source: EU needs ‘Schengen for defense’ – POLITICO Read More »

What’s the Greatest Threat to Action on Climate Change? Nationalism.

It’s going to take global solidarity to avoid a climate-change doomsday. By Michael T. Klare In a year of record-setting heat on a blistered globe, with fast-warming oceans, fast-melting ice caps, and fast-rising sea levels, ratification of the… Source: What’s the Greatest Threat to Action on Climate Change? Nationalism. Read More »

What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis?

A record 65 million people have been displaced from their homes, mostly by war. Half are children. Crisis Group looks at the UN’s list of the top ten countries driving the exodus to explain what’s happened… Source: What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis? | International Crisis Group Read More »

What Europe can learn from Spain

Outrage over Spain’s political gridlock could push the Continent to overcome its own static politics. By RICHARD YOUNGS The eurozone’s fourth-largest economy is in a desperately precarious position. By the time a likely third election is held in December, Spain will have been without a… Source: What Europe can learn from Spain – POLITICO Read More »

Can the Unthinkable Happen? by Michael Tomasky

Seven weeks to go; can the unthinkable happen? We believe that surely it cannot. We can read the polls, which are more reassuring than not, and Nate Silver’s probability calculations, which have consistently shown since the summer, with fluctuations, that Hillary Clinton is far more likely to be elected than Donald Trump. We exhale and… Source: Can the Unthinkable Happen? by Michael Tomasky | The New York Review of Books Read More »

After Libya’s Oil Grab, Compromise Could Lead to a Restart of Exports

The seizure of Libya’s main pre-2013 oil terminals by an opposition force is a blow to the authority of Libya’s fledgling UN-backed Presidency Council. Claudia Gazzini But smart compromises might help restart the flow of oil, as Crisis Group’s Senior Libya analyst Claudia Gazzini explains in this Q… Source: After Libya’s Oil Grab, Compromise Could Lead to a Restart of Exports | International Crisis Group Read More »

Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan

Advice to the next U.S. president. Group of Experts and Former U.S. Officials on Afghanistan Since the attacks of September 11, the United States has engaged in and with Afghanistan in pursuit of common strategic interests. Our cooperation with the Afghan government and Afghan people remains a… Source: Forging an Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan | The National Interest Read More »

We, the People Versus We, the Wealthy

How did the United States become the land of the unequal—and how do we find our way back? By Bill Moyers Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I… Source: We, the People Versus We, the Wealthy | The Nation Read More »

Demonize and Distract: Sanitizing Syria for the Masses  

Summoning the Humanitarian Pretext by JASON HIRTHLER The arch pragmatist Machiavelli once wrote that, “If you watch the ways of men, you will see that those who obtain great wealth and power do so either by force or fraud, and having got them they conceal under some honest name the foulness of their deeds.” You couldn’t pen a better description of the relationship between the imperial corporate state and its supplicant media. Once the… Source: Demonize and Distract: Sanitizing Syria ... Read More »

Analysis: VHI warns cost of claims could rise by 80%

Ageing population and surge people with chronic illness poses problem for insurers Martin Wall As with the pensions industry, an ageing and longer-living population will pose significant challenges for the private health insurance market in the… Source: Analysis: VHI warns cost of claims could rise by 80% Read More »