Global Issues

Time to tackle ISIL’s millions of sympathisers?

It is necessary to improve the underlying conditions that transformed ordinary citizens into desperate ISIL supporters. Rami G Khouri Al Jazeera News Significant international concern that thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters and their leaders will soon disperse to many countries – once Raqqa and Mosul are liberated – has focused on possible terror… Time to tackle… Read More »

How Immigrants Built the American Left—And Can Build It Again

Last Thursday’s “Day Without Immigrants” work stoppages, which closed hundreds of restaurants, grocery stores, garages, retail shops, and other businesses, offered a taste of the capacity for militant action wielded by immigrant… Dissent Nelson Lichtenstein  Led in many cities by Latino activists calling for a “huelga general,” the February… How Immigrants Built… Read More »

Bavaria pushes ahead with burka ban as German elections loom

Bavaria will ban the full-face veil in schools, universities, government workplaces and polling stations, the southern German state said on… Reuters The Telegraph The move comes seven months before a federal election where immigration will be a prominent issue and the Bavarian conservatives that govern the… Bavaria pushes ahead… Read More »

NASA Just Found A Solar System With 7 Earth-Like Planets

Astronomers just announced a breaking discovery that has a monumental impact on life beyond Earth: A planetary system with a number of Earth-sized planets that could host liquid water and… Futurism AN OCEAN OF WORLDS Today, scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory and NASA announced a… NASA Just Found… Read More »

Struggle over Aleppo’s story takes to the skies

How citizen journalists used drone technology to challenge the Assad regime’s narrative of the Aleppo’s plight. AlHakam Shaar and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick Al Jazeera News New technologies open new windows for political action. They give new… Struggle over Aleppo’s… Read More »

Ireland’s Brexit meltdown

There’s doom and gloom on the other side of the Irish Sea. Charlie Cooper Politico DUBLIN — Forget about the Brexit upside. Just weeks before… Ireland’s Brexit… Read More »

German elections: Is Merkel losing ground or Shultz is winning?

Martin Schulz’s candidacy for Chancellor has changed the balance in the German elections as polls show that Angela Merkel and the Christian Democrats (CDU) are left in the second place after the Social Democrats (SPD). Chris Anyfantis European Sting The polls which are conducted by the Emnid institute and by Forschungsgruppe Wahlen for broadcaster ZDF reveal a clear lead of the SPD party and Martin Schulz as the next Chancellor. These results must… German elections: Is… Read More »

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World

Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the… Nick Meyer AltHealthWORKS That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and… UN Report Says Small… Read More »

How America Can Avoid a War with China

A blueprint for American policymakers to improve the U.S.-Chinese relationship. Joe Renouard The National Interest Sino-American relations seem to be at a crossroads, though exactly where the relationship is headed is anyone’s guess. President Trump’s scattershot… How America Can… Read More »

Yassmin Abdel-Magied said nothing wrong. She should not have to face this venom

To find the truth of Islam is to seek the specificities of time, place, culture and politics. There are no truths to be found in broad generalisations… Joumanah El Matrah The Guardian When it comes to Muslim women, everyone’s a feminist, even if that aspiration for Muslim women’s equality comes at the expense of, well … a Muslim woman… Yassmin Abdel-Magied… Read More »

Let’s Be Clear, Those Chain Status Messages We’re Asked To Paste On Our Facebook Wall Are Just Emotional Blackmail

A waste of time and empathy, tbh. There’s a peculiar phenomenon much in vogue these days – solidarity via Facebook. Every day, somewhere on my timeline I see something like this. Sandip Roy HuffPost “I’m going to say goodbye to some of you…… now I’m watching the ones who will have the time to read this post until the end. This is a little test, just to see who reads and who shares without reading! If you have read everything, ... Read More »

Socialism’s Return

After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. Patrick Iber  The Nation For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the name of Bernie Sanders mounted a surprisingly… Socialism’s Return… Read More »

Our miserable 21st century

On the morning of November 9, 2016, America’s elite—its talking and deciding classes—woke up to a country they did not know. Nicholas Eberstadt ΑΕΙ To most privileged and well-educated Americans, especially those living in its bicoastal bastions, the election of Donald Trump had been a thing almost impossible even to imagine. What sort of… Our miserable 21st… Read More »