Opinion

Melting into chaos: Liquid modernity and other ideas of the late thinker Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman - DS

Bauman left us with many ideas, continuing to write and speak until the very last days of his life. Didem Kaya Daily Sabah Much of his thoughts seem strong enough to survive the test of time and will continue to be relevant for many decades to come Giving some thought… Melting into chaos… Read More »

Donald Trump’s presidential diplomacy deal?

Trump - Al Jazeera

Trump is treating the US as a business venture and replacing the ‘art of diplomacy’ with the ‘art of the deal’. Sean W Burges Al Jazeera News Most world leaders are having a hard time adapting to Donald Trump’s foreign policy style. None of his… Donald Trump’s presidential… Read More »

The Guardian view on famine: sitting by as disaster unfolds

Famine - The Guardian

Millions face starvation, but the world is turning away. The Guardian We are too late to prevent this severe food crisis – but we can and must act now to save lives How can a… The Guardian view… Read More »

Slower May Be Better in Going at ISIS

The National Interest

A couple of tendencies that are all too common in policymaking and policy debate tend to make for unwise foreign commitments or overextended foreign expeditions. Paul R. Pillar The National Interest One is to treat a goal that is at most an intermediate objective as if it were an end in itself. Doing so obfuscates… Slower May Be… Read More »

It’s Time To Stop Talking About A Border Wall And Start Stabilizing Mexico

Juarez Mexico and El Paso Texas

Wracked by drug wars and corruption, Mexico is in a state of crisis. John Daniel Davidson The Federalist If Trump wants a secure border, he should help stabilize, not isolate, Mexico. On Tuesday, the… It’s Time To… Read More »

My country had its own Trump. Here’s how we beat him.

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To any fair-minded observer, President Trump’s authoritarian instincts, Twitter outbursts and divisive rhetoric should be greatly concerning. Dalibor Rohac AEI Americans might take comfort in the fact that the United States is not the first country to elect and live under such a leader. I would know… My country had… Read More »

Stop writing China off as an enemy. Millennials don’t.

China - WP

Julian Gewirtz is the author of “Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China.” Julian Gewirtz The Washington Post President Trump’s “America First” philosophy has increased tensions around the world, but the biggest shoe has yet to drop: He hasn’t laid out his policies toward China, a country he has repeatedly denounced . As a 27-year-old… Stop writing China… Read More »

How Dictators And Dummies Get Started

Hitler - The DC

During the bull market of 1929, when almost no one imagined that stock prices might fall, some investors were alarmed when they heard their newspaper boys telling them to buy. David Landau The Daily Caller The investors who listened closely to those exclamations understood that the market was far too overbought. They decided to… How Dictators And… Read More »

Russia’s assault on America’s elections is just one example of a global threat

Putin - WP

One of the most startling allegations in a January report by U.S. intelligence agencies about Russian hacking was this sentence: “Russia has sought to influence elections across Europe.” David Ignatius The Washington Post This warning of a campaign far broader than the United States got little attention in America. We may be… Russia’s assault on… Read More »

When the freedom to offend is a freedom to harm

Freedom - The Guardian

A backlash against politically correct language ignores the deeper oppression that unchecked microaggressions inflict on groups such as women and black people Abi Wilkinson The Guardian We’re currently in the midst of something of a backlash against “political correctness”. And by “we”… When the freedom… Read More »

Explainer: how Australia decides who is a genuine refugee

Refugees - The Conversation

Every year, Australia provides protection to thousands of refugees under its humanitarian program. Mary Anne Kenny The Conversation In 2015-16, the government issued 15,552 visas to people in need of humanitarian assistance overseas. These included people… Explainer: how Australia… Read More »

Will this woman become Iran’s first female president?

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Nominee for Health Minister Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi speaks to lawmakers in parliament in Tehran September 1, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN POLITICS) - RTR27BK4

Iran may see its first female presidential candidate in the May 19 elections. Saeid Jafari Al Monitor After a period of silence, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, the Islamic Republic’s first and only female minister, has in recent days and weeks made headlines once again. Dastjerdi headed the… Will this woman… Read More »

‘Only capital markets can save the European economy’

Economy - Politico

Brexit has dominated European economic and political discourse for months and will continue to do so. Xavier Rolet Politico Indeed, today’s POLITICO summit is about the future of capital markets, in the wake of Brexit. Much focus has… ‘Only capital markets… Read More »

Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as adults

Eurek Alert

Teenagers who self-report feeling drowsy mid-afternoon also tend to exhibit more anti-social behavior such as lying, cheating, stealing and fighting. University of Pennsylvania Eurek Alert Now, research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of York, in the United Kingdom, shows that those same teens are 4.5 times more likely to commit violent crimes a decade and a half later. “It’s the first… Tired teens 4.5 times… Read More »

While Europe burns, Brussels scribbles

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker answers questions during an interview with AFP on August 4, 2015 in Brussels. EU governments have a duty to help the flood of migrants arriving in Europe and must not cave in to populist demands to turn them back, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said on August 5.  AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS        (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Commission responds to doubts over EU’s future by papering over the cracks, literally. Florian Eder and Jacopo Barigazzi Politico Europe may be in a bit of an existential funk these days with Brexit and an EU-hostile new president in the White House, but the talk of the town in Brussels is a “White Paper” being prepared, out of view, for the EU’s 60th… While Europe burns… Read More »

How smartphones and social media are changing Christianity

Christianity - BBC

Many Christians are turning to apps and memes to express their faith instead of churches – and it’s raising intriguing questions about the future of the world’s largest religion. Chris Stokel-Walker BBC News When the Reverend Pete Phillips first arrived in Durham nine years ago, he was ejected from the city’s cathedral. He had been… How smartphones and… Read More »