Opinion

Does Empathy Guide or Hinder Moral Action?

After a year of surprising election results and referendums, and violence in protests, terrorism and war, the term “empathy” has been cited by many as a key component to helping groups of people that have little in common, or disagree, come together. The New York Times Jamil Zaki and Paul Bloom But does empathy actually increase the ability of opposing parties to understand each other better, or otherwise inform correct moral action? Empathy Can Lead to… Does Empathy Guide or… Read More »

Racism in primary schools only reflects the society the Tories have created

There may have been a rise in reporting, but five years of toxic political attitudes towards immigration has clearly seeped through to our children The Guardian Kehinde Andrews The Department for Education has revealed that the number of primary school children being suspended for racist behaviour has risen by a third in the past few years, from 430 incidents in 2014-15 compared with 320 in 2009-10. This is not a case of … Racism in primary… Read More »

Conservative And Liberal Readings Of President Trump

Over the years, as a conservative and while working in the world of politics, I was able to make a number of friends on both the liberal and conservative ends of the ideological spectrum. The Daily Caller Douglas Mackinnon I am a better person for the diversity of opinion. As corny or… Conservative And Liberal… Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan cripples US role in Syria

In the improbable event of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization disintegrating during the coming decade, the blame will be put on the Donald Trump presidency. Asia Times M.K. Bhadrakumar But the endgame must be deemed to have begun under the lame duck US president Barack Obama – to be exact, on December 28 – three full weeks before Trump took over as president. That was when Turkey… Turkey’s Erdogan cripples… Read More »

A portrait of Europe as an old friend, by James Joyce

In the year of Brexit, issues of national identity in Ireland are back in vogue a century after Joyce explored them in A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man The Guardian Daniel Mulhall James Joyce’s first novel, A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, was published in the United States on 29 December 1916. Although Joyce did not… A portrait of Europe as… Read More »

The trouble with democracy

The year 2016 does not have the best track record in nascent and mature democracies across the world. Al Jazeera Larry Beinhart It’s panic time in Punditville. Democracy itself is… The trouble with… Read More »

The lingering shadows of Pearl Harbor

On a peaceful Sunday morning seventy-five years ago, Captain Mervyn Bennion stood on the flag bridge of his ship, the USS West Virginia, amidst the afterglow of a Hawaiian sunrise. Asia Times Kent E. Calder Within minutes he had bled to death on the deck, commanding his battleship to the last, his stomach pierced by shrapnel from a bomb fragment as one of the first casualties of the United States in World War II. The Congressional Medal of… The lingering ... Read More »

The year 2017 will be one for capital markets

The year 2017 will be one for capital markets in Kenya if the array of products and innovations the Capital Markets Authority and other stakeholders have scheduled receive uptake. Daily Nation Gatuyu Justice After several false starts, the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) may launch a futures exchange. The NSE is expected… The year 2017 will be… Read More »

Hip pain may be ‘hangover from evolution’

Scientists at the University of Oxford say a hangover from evolution could help explain why humans get so much shoulder, hip and knee pain. BBC Smitha Mundasad And if current trends continue they predict the humans of the future could be at even greater risk. They studied 300 specimens from… Hip pain may be ‘hangover from… Read More »

The hidden force of current international uneasiness

Recent events are evidence of the failures of neoliberalism as the dominant ideology in the international order. Al Jazeera News Ramon Blanco It is indisputable that the current international zeitgeist is definitely characterised by a profound uneasiness. The sense for many is that… The hidden force of… Read More »

Why Iran sees Aleppo as chance to get in rather than out

On Dec. 22, the same day the Syrian government announced that Aleppo was under its control, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari was in Damascus to meet President Bashar al-Assad. Al Monitor Ali Hashem Ansari was in fact in the Syrian capital to congratulate his country’s prime regional ally for retaking Syria’s largest city and one of the main strongholds of the armed opposition. But Aleppo isn’t only a… Why Iran sees Aleppo as… Read More »