Social and political issues

social and political issues



Love, wisdom and wonder: three reasons to celebrate philosophy
Matthew Beard | 21 November 2014 |
tags: philosophy
Philosophy is born of the very basic human disposition toward asking questions.


India’s war on women turns deadly
Carolyn Moynihan | 14 November 2014 |
tags: India, population control, sterilisation camps
Thirteen women have died as a result of the latest mass sterilisation camp.


25 years on, a united Germany mixes success and struggle
Daniel Hough | 12 November 2014 |
tags: Berlin Wall, Germany
Contemporary Germany is legally united but psychologically still divided.


‘White’ identity in a multicultural world
Zac Alstin | 04 November 2014 |
tags: Australia, genocide, racism
Bizarre claims of 'white genocide' in Australia are the result of our increasingly globalised society.


Will gambling be good for Massachusetts?
Gerda Reith | 04 November 2014 |
tags:
Across the map, local communities are protesting the global expansion of casinos.


Denial kills you twice: Canada’s response to terrorism
Harley J. Sims | 03 November 2014 |
tags: Canada, Islamist attacks, security
Some people cannot and will not accept that Canada has been attacked by Islamic terrorists.


An intellectual journey: dodging the culture wars, thinking for myself
Zac Alstin | 30 October 2014 |
tags: conservatism, philosophy, socialism, truth
If we want to find the truth we have to resist the temptation of simply picking a side.


Principle, rigor and execution matter in US foreign policy
George Friedman | 29 October 2014 |
tags: Barack Obama, foreign policy, Henry Kissinger
Not since the end of the Cold War has the US had a president with a deep understanding of history.


Dangers for export giants Germany and China
George Friedman | 22 October 2014 |
tags: China, geopolitics, Germany
Around the globe, many fear a major readjustment of politics and economies.


The final dismissal
Michael Cook | 21 October 2014 |
tags: Australia, Australian politics
Gough Whitlam, the charismatic protagonist of Australia's most momentous constitutional crisis, has died at 98.


Looking where Gaudi looked
Carolyn Moynihan and Jordi Picazo | 20 October 2014 |
tags: Antoni Gaudi, La Sagrada Familia
The architectural genius behind the most extraordinary church in the world was the subject of a recent international congress.


Saving ourselves from Ebola
Simon Rushton | 15 October 2014 |
tags: Africa, developing countries, Ebola, security
Nine months into Ebola crisis it's sad we're taking more notice because of 'threat' to West


Admirable Nobel decision unlikely to spur India-Pakistan peace
Saleem Ali | 14 October 2014 |
tags: India, Nobel Peace Prize, Pakistan
The history of the prize in galvanising peace between acrimonious countries is very discouraging.


Turkey, the Kurds and Iraq: the prize and peril of Kirkuk
Reva Bhalla | 08 October 2014 |
tags: Middle East, Stratfor, Turkey
The Turkish government is looking at Iraq and Syria in a way similar to its stance almost a century ago. .


The critical challenge of gender equality
Zac Alstin | 08 October 2014 |
tags: gender equality, violence against women
We need to critique the excesses of new social orthodoxies from a considered position.


Scotland’s “no” vote befits a melancholy nationalism
Gerry Simpson | 19 September 2014 |
tags: nationalism, Scotland
An expatriate British Scot's prediction has proved correct, though it cost him some angst.


Putin strides forward into the 19th Century
Josh Alstin | 19 September 2014 |
tags: Russia, Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin is not a new Stalin, but he does have the mindset of a Czar.


Doing justice to Ian Paisley
Michael Kirke | 18 September 2014 |
tags: Nothern Ireland, obituaries
Forgiveness, yes, but the honest recording of memory has its own moral imperative.


The implications of a “yes” vote for Scotland’s independence
George Friedman | 17 September 2014 |
tags: nation-state, nationalism, Scotland, Stratfor
Does separation foreshadow the break-up of the nation-state model?


The global citizen without a country?
Daniel E. Ritchie | 12 September 2014 |
tags: citizenship, human nature, human rights
Today’s global citizenship movement emphasizes human rights disconnected from the history of any particular nation.


The virtue of subtlety: a U.S. strategy against the Islamic State
George Friedman | 10 September 2014 |
tags: ISIS, Stratfor, US foreign policy
The American strategy in the Middle East is fixed: allow powers in the region to balance against each other. When that fails, intervene.


Ukraine, Iraq and a Black Sea strategy
George Friedman | 04 September 2014 |
tags: Iraq, Stratfor, Ukraine
It is essential for the US to think in terms of a coherent center of gravity of operations.


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