Social and political issues

social and political issues



Is there a way to execute humanely?
Zac Alstin | 21 May 2015
tags: execution, guillotine, lethal injection
Nothing can guarantee that an execution will not be cruel and unusual.


The punishment of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Carolyn Moynihan | 20 May 2015
tags: Boston Marathon bombings, death penalty
Reasons not to execute the Boston Marathon bomber.


Secrets from an everyday hero’s playbook
Rachel Ottenbreit | 14 May 2015
tags: Canada, heroes, shootings
Kevin Vickers is a man of peace, but he saved lives by shooting a gunman in Canada's Parliament.


Death penalty derails Indonesia’s legal reform efforts
Asmin Fransiska | 29 April 2015
tags: death penalty, Indonesia, war on drugs
It has become one of the biggest obstacles in applying international human rights principles.


Indonesia’s drug executions make no sense
Tobias Basuki | 29 April 2015
tags: death penalty, Indonesia, war on drugs
Killing eight people is not 'shock therapy' but an inversion of justice.


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?


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