Four ways to move forward. By Ramesh Thakur.
The right to read, write and express one’s thoughts should never be denied because an idea is unpopular. Yet, for thousands of Baha’i students in Iran, their ideas have led the government to ban them from attending university.
Current national security debates miss the larger picture: we face many threats, of which terrorism is but one.
Combating extremism requires more than military might. A digital strategy is key, but needs government, the private sector and NGOs to get onboard.
Greece’s Syriza is just the first in a wave of leftist parties that rally against austerity. Not since the 1970s has the parliamentary road to socialism been so relevant. By Bryan Evans.
The annual convention of the International Studies Association was held this year in New Orleans. The critiques were sharp as ever, the views even better and yes, there was even one internet-loving unicorn.
Hedgehog or Fox?
When it comes to foreign policy, is Stephen Harper a hedgehog, which knows one big thing (in Harper’s case, economic diplomacy), or a fox, which knows many things? Madelaine Drohan doesn’t like either analogy. She think Harper is more of a Wolverine, “tenacious and aggressive in the face of much larger predators.” From the Literary Review of Canada.
Practicing diplomacy in Somalia
The U.S. just nominated Katherine Dhanani to be its first ambassador to Somalia since 1991, although she will be working out of Nairobi, not Mogadishu. Neil Wigan, the British ambassador, has been in Mogadishu since 2013. He travels wearing a flak jacket, surrounded by ex-British military bodyguards carrying M4 carbines.
Amateur journalists for justice
In the favelas of Brazil, police violence is common – so common that it rarely makes the news. Can amateur journalists fill that void and document what would otherwise be ignored? An interesting discussion of citizen journalism vs activism as much as it is about Brazil. From the New York Times Magazine.
Good Putin, bad Putin
When we think of Russian foreign policy, we often conflate it with our image of Putin: hard, unfeeling, perhaps a little evil. But even if Putin were the nicest, friendliest world leader you could ask for, it wouldn’t change Russia’s geographic location, historic associations, or its longstanding wish to keep the West at bay, argues Keith Gessen for Politico.
War and humanitarianism
Humanitarian efforts can seek many things: justice, education, relief, rehabilitation, research. And that apparatus may succeed in alleviating the pain of individuals caught up in war. But addressing the politics that caused that strife is rarely done. Nimmi Gowrinathan writes about her experiences in Sri Lanka for Guernica.
The future of the Umbrella Revolution
The Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong started with the Occupy Central with Love and Peace protest. The Occupy camp is gone now, but that doesn’t mean the revolution is over. The city’s democracy movement marches forward to win over the hearts and minds of the younger generation. From the New York Times.