09 Jul 2019

What Is The Biggest Threat To Your Country?

We all have things to worry about. But on an international scale, what are our

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04 Jul 2019

Winners And Losers In The US-China Trade War

Donald Trump’s presidency has been marked by a rise in protectionism. His “America First” policy

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03 Jul 2019

At The G20, A Focus On Sideshow Diplomacy And Photo Opps, With Limited Material Gains

What a weekend it’s been: global leadership, diplomacy and theatrics, all at play on the

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27 Jun 2019

Class, Trump, Brexit, And The Decline Of The West

In politics, long-term socio-economic trends and global shifts matter more than often overstated ‘progressive’ discourses

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25 Jun 2019

Who Really Pays For American Students To Go To College?

Individually, Americans spend a lot on higher education. Most undergraduates finish with about $30,000 in

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20 Jun 2019

What If Most People Love Violence?

For decades, I’ve investigated and promoted nonviolent action as a means to help create a

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18 Jun 2019

If You Oppose Donald Trump, Please Don’t Hate Him

When we allow ourselves to fall victim to hatred, we are doing our opponents’ work

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17 Jun 2019

Why Hong Kong Matters

Could mainland China not seek eventual convergence towards a democratic system, respectful of the full

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16 Jun 2019

What Does The Trump Administration Want From Iran?

Two oil tankers were attacked on June 13 off the coast of Oman, forcing the

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14 Jun 2019

How Technology Is Shaping Creative Activism In The 21st Century

Two decades into the 21st century, one would expect all manner of “new and innovative”

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11 Jun 2019

What Does It Take For Activists To Get Your Attention?

Activists are small players in the struggle for attention, which is controlled largely by advertisers.

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10 Jun 2019

Why The Nazis Studied American Race Laws For Inspiration

On 5 June 1934, about a year and half after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of

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08 Jun 2019

US-China Trade War: Impact On Tech Companies

The ongoing US-China trade war is turning out to be really ugly for tech companies.

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08 Jun 2019

Five Reasons Why We Should Be Grateful To Donald Trump

People who are basically good sometimes cannot help doing evil. Conversely, an evil man cannot

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06 Jun 2019

D-Day 75 Years On: ‘Special Relationship’ Forged On The Beaches Of France Now Poised To Enter A New Era

In 1944 the blimps above London were barrage balloons – in 2019 the blimp above

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06 Jun 2019

The Military Power, Economics And Strategy That Led To D-Day

On June 6 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops landed in Normandy. Their number rose

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06 Jun 2019

Trade War: What Is It & How Are We Affected?

A trade war is more than just getting companies like Huawei banned. Initiating a trade

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05 Jun 2019

How Repression Can Fuel A Movement

This text is adapted from “The Paradox of Repression and Nonviolent Movements,” edited by Lester

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04 Jun 2019

From China To Poland, Lessons From June 4, 1989

On the same day Poles celebrated the freedom to choose their own representatives, China’s political

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03 Jun 2019

Why Remember The Past? The Case Of Tiananmen

Most people know from daily experience that memories are vital for their sense of well-being.

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03 Jun 2019

‘World Heritage’ site selection is Eurocentric – and that shapes which historic places get love and money

The April 2019 fire that engulfed France’s Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, led to an

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29 May 2019

Shaping ASEAN’s Future Readiness

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is the fifth largest manufacturing economy of the

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28 May 2019

Explainer: What Is The World Economic Forum?

Each year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) gathers leaders to discuss various global issues. This

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22 May 2019

Civilisational Collapse Has A Bright Past – But A Dark Future

Is the collapse of a civilisation necessarily calamitous? The failure of the Egyptian Old Kingdom

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15 May 2019

A Month After The Fire: Rebuilding The Notre-Dame Cathedral

It’s been a month since the Notre Dame cathedral was razed by flames last April

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10 May 2019

Who’s Who In US Election 2020

US Elections is nearing and lots of names have popped up. It’s easy to get

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07 May 2019

Colonialism As Mitosis – The Rise And Fall Of Empires, Rendered As Cell Division

During the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Great Britain, France, Portugal and Spain controlled vast

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04 May 2019

China’s Belt & Road Initiative: A Quick Explainer

Leaders from different parts of the world convened in the Second Belt and Road Forum

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03 May 2019

Sri Lanka Attacks: Ban Of Social Media May Hide Truth

Recently, the Sri Lankan government ordered then ban of social media and messaging apps in

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01 May 2019

Reiwa: The New Japanese Imperial Era

On April 30, 2019 Japanese Emperor Akihito officially abdicated the throne. Now, we are witnessing

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22 Apr 2019

Why Desperation Could Be The Key To Tackling Climate Change

Last October, something strange happened when the United Nations released a report saying we have

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19 Apr 2019

Notre Dame: How A Rebuilt Cathedral Could Be Just As Wonderful

The destruction of Notre Dame cathedral is lamentable. A wonderful icon has been largely destroyed

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17 Apr 2019

Why Are We So Moved By The Plight Of The Notre Dame?

Scrolling through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching

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16 Apr 2019

Why Notre Dame Matters

Notre Dame is on fire, and its spire has fallen. As of Monday afternoon, we

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12 Apr 2019

Did European Colonisation Precipitate The Little Ice Age?

Many of us think that rapid environmental change is a quintessentially modern crisis. Today, temperatures

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11 Apr 2019

We Have Seen The Unseeable: Astronomers Capture First Image Of A Black Hole

An international collaboration presents paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of

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10 Apr 2019

Bias In Cable News

How much does consuming news with a strong political slant influence Americans’ votes in presidential

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09 Apr 2019

Power And Powerlessness In Global Cities

How does today’s globalization transform our perceptions of urban inequality and how do we respond

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20 Mar 2019

Why Science Matters So Much In The Era Of Fake News And Fallacies

Democracy and social progress die without science and fact-based knowledge. Science and facts are the

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19 Mar 2019

Christchurch Attacks Are A Stark Warning Of Toxic Political Environment That Allows Hate To Flourish

When lives are tragically cut short, it is generally easier to explain the “how” than

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25 Jan 2019

In A World Becoming More Polarized, Europe Must Stay United

This year’s edition of the Global Risks Report points out an existential need for a cooperative, multistakeholder

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24 Jan 2019

Davos 2019 Key Moments For Day Three

As expected, this year’s World Economic Forum continues to illuminate environmental, economic and societal issues

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21 Jan 2019

Davos 2019 – Ten Points Worth Remembering

The World Economic Forum 2019 will talk about existing and future challenges we all have

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17 Jan 2019

Need To Solve A Border Dispute? Look To Ethiopia Or Uzbekistan

Border disputes have recently taken on renewed importance, threatening political crisis in the UK, US

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11 Jan 2019

10 Predictions For The Global Economy In 2019

The global economy started 2018 with strong, synchronized growth. But as the year progressed, momentum

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09 Jan 2019

Democracy Is Facing Strong Headwinds In 2019

2018 confirmed the trend: liberal democracy is weakening throughout the globe. Latin America is no

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08 Jan 2019

Seven Charts That Show The World Is Actually Becoming A Better Place

Swedish academic Hans Rosling has identified a worrying trend: not only do many people across

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11 Dec 2018

When The State Is Unjust, Citizens May Use Justifiable Violence

If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old

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10 Dec 2018

Human Rights 70 Years On: Important Victories As Well As Major Misses

According to Amnesty International, human rights continue to deteriorate. CIVICUS – an umbrella body for

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30 Nov 2018

Does The G20 Summit Really Make A Difference? World Leaders Reckon It Does

“The secret to success is sincerity. Learn to fake that, and you’ve got it made.”

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