A worrying symptom of the coronavirus is the opportunity it presents for leaders to enact authoritarian policies, threatening already ailing democracies around the world. One leader who has proven to be quite the opportunist is Hungary’s Viktor Orbán and his party, Fidesz. In March, before a herd of mask-clad parliamentarians, Orbán presented the Coronavirus Protection […]Continue Reading →
Political reporters recently revealed that Republican consultants have landed on a new strategy for fighting the 2020 election: blaming China for the coronavirus outbreak. The president’s party believes they can tar his opponents, including presidential candidate former vice president Joseph Biden, with the allegation of having being too cozy and accommodating with Beijing.
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Epidemic diseases cause massive human distress and can kill millions across the world. Viruses and disease, in and of themselves, rarely if ever cause conflict or repression. But the policies enacted by states during epidemics—both to try to control disease transmission and for other ulterior purposes—can be a threat to peace, democracy and human rights. We are seeing this across the world today.Continue Reading →
The most potent weapon in America’s longest war is lies. “Victory is just around the corner”… a corner that retreats with each passing year and every slippage in articulating an objective. The war in Afghanistan is the beginning and emblematic case of a “Global War on Terror” that has no clear or consistent objectives, no […]Continue Reading →
Competition remains high for 2020 employees of the month! However, one person was elevated above the others in recent days: Rush Limbaugh. His self-description captures the bombast: “the ‘Doctor of Democracy,’ is known as the pioneer of AM radio. Limbaugh revolutionized the media and political landscape with his unprecedented combination of serious discussion of political, […]Continue Reading →
The first week of the new decade has seen such a spate of outrages against world peace that it is remarkably difficult to chose a single candidate for the World Peace Foundation Employee of the Month. But there is a common thread among the leading candidates: they are all from the new, disruptive manifestation of […]Continue Reading →
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