Social and political issues

social and political issues



Armenian genocide denial poisons Turkey’s relations with the world
Michael Hesemann | 15 April 2015
tags: Armenian genocide, genocide, Pope Francis, Turkey
Turkey is furious after the Pope lamented the first genocide of the 20th century.


The Middle Eastern balance of power matures
George Friedman | 01 April 2015
tags: balance of power, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
The US is taking a back seat and allowing regional powers to slug it out.


China’s fragile political evolution
Rodger Baker and John Minnich | 26 March 2015
tags: China, Xi Jinping
An anti-corruption campaign signals a struggle between competing models of the future.


Lee Kuan Yew, pragmatist
Michael Cook | 25 March 2015
tags: Lee Kwan Yew, pragmatism, Singapore
Singaporeans have paid a high price for economic success.


Great men make great mistakes
Michael Cook | 23 March 2015
tags: demography, Lee Kwan Yew, Singapore
Lee Kwan Yew was a visionary stateman. But his vision for Singapore's population may have doomed the prosperous city-state.


God, reason, and our civilizational crisis
Samuel Gregg | 20 March 2015
tags: Christianity, God, Islam, religion, Western civilization, Western values
The way Islam understands God shapes their culture. And the way the West understands God shapes ours.


What Pius XII learned from the other holocaust
Michael Hesemann | 16 March 2015
tags: Armenian genocide, Pius XII, Turkey, World War I
In his work as a diplomat during World War I, he saw that protests to vengeful Turks made the plight of persecuted Armenians even worse.


There’s one obvious remedy for China’s market in stolen babies
Jackie Sheehan | 16 March 2015
tags: China, human trafficking, one-child policy
The government should abandon its one-child policy. Completely.


The paradox of America’s electoral reform
George Friedman | 11 March 2015
tags: 2016 elections, electoral reform, primary elections, USA
The ferment of constant change, reform and renewal is both a virtue and vice of the US system.


That speech
George Friedman | 04 March 2015
tags: Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel
The real issue is the reconfiguration of a region the United States cannot subdue and cannot leave.


Michele Ferrero: The legacy of a sweet legend
Vincenzina Santoro | 28 February 2015
tags: confectionery, corporate responsibility, Ferrero, philanthropy
The late confectionery entrepreneur was the model of corporate social responsibility


The intersection of three crises
Reva Bhalla | 26 February 2015
tags: geopolitics, Greece, Stratfor, Ukraine
Greece, Ukraine and Iran bring the United States back to Eurasia.


Despite ceasefire, Ukraine could be going the way of Yugoslavia
Erika Harris | 18 February 2015
tags: ethnic wars, Europe, Ukraine
The worst case scenario is a descent into a vicious ethnic war.


It’s time to look at how we value home care work
Clare L. Stacey | 13 February 2015
tags: ageing population, care work, labour laws
Care is an act of love, but it is also work, deserving of fair compensation.


Mind the gap: some cultures have an advantage in the modern world
Jay Ogilvy | 30 January 2015
tags: clash of civilizations, culture, progress, Stratfor
Those left behind include youths susceptible to the appeal of extremist rhetoric.


The new drivers of Europe’s geopolitics
George Friedman | 29 January 2015
tags: Europe, Stratfor
The question about Europe now is not whether it can retain its current form, but how radically that form will change.


Winston Churchill and his ‘black dog’ of greatness
Nassir Ghaemi | 27 January 2015
tags: depression, Winston Churchill, World War II
Was Britain's greatest prime minister a manic depressive?


How Winston Churchill lost the 1945 election
Alun Wyburn-Powell | 23 January 2015
tags: history, Winston Churchill
The greatest statesman of the 20th century died 50 years ago tomorrow.


The new economics of development: from below, starting with the family
Maria Sophia Aguirre | 22 January 2015
tags: development economics, family values
Pouring money in at the top, controlling life at its source, is so last century.


Is European unity built on sand?
George Friedman | 21 January 2015
tags: European Union
The EU promised perpetual peace and perpetual prosperity but failed to deliver. What comes next?


Blasphemy is an assault on our supreme good
Michael Cook | 16 January 2015
tags: blasphemy, Charlie Hebdo, free speech
And the high priests of free speech feel it as keenly as any of us.


Europe rediscovers nationalism
Stratfor | 16 January 2015
tags: European Union, immigration, nationalism
A growing number of Europeans believe that people from other cultures are threatening their national identities and livelihoods.


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