Politics

What It Feels Like When a Mosque Is Threatened

This Week in Hate highlights hate crimes and harassment around the country since the election of President Trump. Anna North The New York Times On the day the threat arrived, the congregation of Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah had planned a potluck dinner. Earlier that afternoon… What It Feels… Read More »

Want To Be a Successful Dictator? Copy North Korea.

A blueprint for how to run a North Korea-style authoritarian regime. James Person The National Interest The White House has launched its review of U.S. policy toward the DPRK, making it a good time to dispel with the notion that the regime is unknown and unknowable, unpredictable and irrational, and to consider a number of… Want To Be… Read More »

Turkey: The Return of the Sultan

On April 16, Turks will vote in a national referendum that will, if successful, give President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan increased powers over parliament, the judiciary, and other parts of the… Christopher de Bellaigue The New York Review of Books The offices of head of government and head of state will be unified in the… To many Western observers, this… Turkey: The Return… Read More »

What’s on Kim Jong-un’s mind?

Kim Jong-un’s actions may seem ‘irrational’ on the surface, but he knows what he is doing and his policies are working. Andrei Lankov Al Jazeera News In recent months, North Korea has found itself at the centre of international attention. Its policies are… What’s on Kim… Read More »

How culture could help end Palestinian divisions

Amid the deteriorating economic conditions plaguing the Gaza Strip, culture has become the least of society’s daily needs. Asmaa al-Ghoul Al Monitor Watching a play or listening to poems is no longer on the list of Gazans’ priorities at a time when unemployment increases by the day and the economy tilts on the brink of collapse. The number of… How culture could… Read More »

The widely advertised hazards of the EU not that ominous; the sting is financial woes

Last Monday, Deutsche Bank’s management surprised everybody quite negatively by asking its shareholders for an €8 billion capital injection. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting Only hours before that, the London Stock Exchange had almost terminated the long negotiated merger procedure with the Deutsche Börse, the German bourse in Frankfurt. The LSE directors… The widely advertised… Read More »

Democracy needs more trees and less Trump

For almost all of its more than 2,500-year history, democracy has been thought of as an attribute of purely human societies. John Dryzek The Conversation For most of that history democracy was generally reviled and excoriated; only in the late 20th century did it come to be widely celebrated, and indeed widely practised. But now democracy… Democracy needs more… Read More »

Juncker: No to nationalism, yes to industry

Commission president outlines his vision for Europe as EU leaders gather in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker Politico As EU leaders gather in Brussels Thursday, they will take stock of Europe’s efforts to create jobs, generate growth and improve competitiveness. European industry has Juncker: No to… Read More »

Consumerism: Double-ended slavery of new age

The parts of the world that are exploiting the most and as such, causing large scale injustices and inequalities are the ones that are setting standards for human rights, equalities and freedoms Ergin Yaman Daily Sabah Mankind, which has largely lost its ties with innate values and natural moral senses, the quality of which normally define the quality of spiritual satisfaction, has been exposed to new ways of spiritual satisfaction that completely… Consumerism: Double-ended… Read More »

Theresa May’s Brexit poker face

Everyone at the EU summit had one question on their mind: What’s May’s date for triggering Article 50? Charlie Cooper Politico She didn’t come to talk about Brexit, but in Brussels there’s not much else they want to hear about from Theresa May. The closest anyone… Theresa May’s Brexit… Read More »

Is an ‘Arab NATO’ in the works?

CAIRO — The convergence of views between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US President Donald Trump has seemingly led Trump to turn into a facilitator of Sisi’s dreams. These dreams include banning the Muslim Brotherhood and founding a joint Arab force. Ahmed Fouad Al Monitor On Feb. 15, The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed Arab officials as saying that the Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about forming a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel ... Read More »

Fix Immigration Without Sacrificing Innocent Children

Whoever said there are no bad ideas never spent any time in Washington. Michael R. Bloomberg Bloomberg Many never get off the ground, thankfully, but one of the worst I can remember hearing is now under serious consideration by the Department of Homeland Security: forcibly separating children from their parents when… Fix Immigration Without… Read More »

Hard times for feminists in China

On January 21, 2017, more than half a million people showed up for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar protests took place around the globe. Jiayun Feng SUP China But not in China, a country with 645 million women — nearly one-sixth of the world’s female population. China’s absence in… Hard times for… Read More »