16 Aug 2019

The Infantilization Of Western Culture

If you regularly watch TV, you’ve probably seen a cartoon bear pitching you toilet paper,

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16 Aug 2019

Beijing Is Moving To Stamp Out The Hong Kong Protests – But It May Have Already Lost The City For Good

Since the start of mass demonstrations in Hong Kong in early June, there has been

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15 Aug 2019

Pseudoscience Is Taking Over Social Media – And Putting Us All At Risk

Search for “climate change” on YouTube and before long you’ll likely find a video that

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15 Aug 2019

Hong Kong Protests: History Lessons For Beijing From British Colonial Era Uprising

Beijing has made no secret that it is weighing up the option of using force

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13 Aug 2019

Modi Ushers In A New Intolerant India And Revokes Multicultural Democracy

The Hindu Nationalist government of Narendra Modi, with unexpected suddenness, has abolished the special constitutional

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13 Aug 2019

Hong Kong: Why The ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Model Is On Its Last Legs

Protest organisers in Hong Kong claim that nearly two million people, most clad in black

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12 Aug 2019

Hong Kong’s Mass Protests: An Explainer

The Hong Kong mass protests made it past the eight-week mark and it has been

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07 Aug 2019

Stop Blaming Video Games For Mass Killings

In the wake of the El Paso shooting on Aug. 3 that left 22 dead

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06 Aug 2019

When World Leaders Thought You Shouldn’t Need Passports Or Visas

In the age of heavily restricted migration, passport control seems a natural prerogative of the

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06 Aug 2019

Could A National Buyback Program Reduce Gun Violence In America?

Americans own nearly half of the world’s guns, with approximately 120 firearms for every 100

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02 Aug 2019

European Union: An Explainer

What is the European Union (EU)? Why was it established and how does it work?

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01 Aug 2019

Protest Is Not Enough To Topple A Dictator: The Army Must Also Turn

What does it take to overthrow a dictator? Reflecting on this question in exile, Leon

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29 Jul 2019

Globalization And The Enchantment Of The World

What does the term “globalization” mean? Is it a strictly economic phenomenon or does it

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29 Jul 2019

50 Years After Apollo 11, Why Haven’t We Gone Back To The Moon?

Fifty years have passed since the first moon landing on July 20, 1969 by Apollo

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27 Jul 2019

Diversity: The Same Old Faces Are Deciding The World’s Future And It Affects Us All

Just 160,000 Tory party members chose Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson. It’s the first

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24 Jul 2019

China And The World: Inside The Dynamics Of A Changing Relationship

China is currently one of the world’s most powerful economies. Now touted as the world’s

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23 Jul 2019

Boris Johnson Is UK’s New Prime Minister – What To Expect

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is now UK’s new Prime Minister. After months of Brexit

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17 Jul 2019

Why Central Banks Need To Take Human Rights More Seriously

Many central banks are rethinking their approach to the environmental and social impact of their

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15 Jul 2019

Top 10 Most Peaceful Countries 2019

Which countries are the most peaceful? The Global Peace Index 2019 is here to answer

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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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