The Strongmen and COVID-19

Throughout history political figures have used crises to gain political advantage; COVID-19 offers no exception to this. “In moments of crisis, people are willing to...

Waking Up from the Chinese Dream to a Chinese Debt Trap?

The Chinese Dream (Zhōngguó Měng) was first coined in 2012 by the current General Secretary of the Peoples Republic of China’s only political party,...

How to say ‘Holocaust’ in Arabic

The establishment of the State of Israel seven decades ago is remembered as the return to its ancestral home by one people but bemoaned...

The US and Iran: A Repetition of History?

The beginning of a new decade shows that we are not ready to bring peace to the Middle East. Once again, the eyes of...

Terrorism: A Question of Definition?

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the label “terrorist” has been used in almost every conflict to discredit an opponent. From the Chinese...

Springtime in the Mashriq

The self-immolation of a street vendor in Tunisia on December 17, 2010 sparked one of the most monumental and promising democracy movements in the...

Criados raised by no one

“Criados” comes from the Spanish word “criar,” which means to raise. Ironically, 50,000 children in Paraguay called criados are being raised by no one, forgotten under...

The Syrian paradox: Why ‘one does not simply walk into Mordor,’ nor out of...

Dark and obscure Mordor has almost nothing to do with culturally rich and fascinating Syria. The only common factor is that third parties can...

What the West is (or is not) doing about Hong Kong

November 11 2019, was a full day of protests: for 12 hours thousands of demonstrators dressed in all black wearing face masks in solidarity...

Pink-tide redux: A lifeline for the left in Latin America

While much of the world’s attention throughout the European summer was focused on the seemingly never-ending Brexit quagmire, early signs of a broad and...

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