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To Die For

John Feffer | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

Countries exist because people are willing to die for them. It is the unusual quality of nations, shared only by families and tribes, to command such loyalty. The same can't be said of other entities like villages or businesses or trade pacts or continents. Until recently it seemed as if the European Union fell into this latter category as well.

Rethinking Populism in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 08.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

It is the tension between the aggressively political competition at the polls and the aggressively non-political rhetoric of the heartland that characterizes the Populist Reformation. What drops out is the middle: the back-and-forth politics of liberal democracy.

Sarajevo 1914 and New York City 2001: Is It Happening Again?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Sarajevo 1914 does not appear so distant, at least in terms of rhetoric and inclination to dehumanize the other. But, then perhaps our awareness has been raised to the danger.

World Cup 2014: How 'Team Melli' Helps Us Understand the Complexities of Modern Iran

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 08.20.2014 | Sports
Negar Mojtahedi

As the game gets underway, the announcers comment on the sportsmanship demonstrated by the players, which is a far cry from the image most Westerns have of Iranians. The perception that was formed at the height of the hostage crisis in the late 1970s, is still present today.

Europe's Populist Reformation

John Feffer | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Journalists and pundits are treating this nationalism-inflected populism as if it were somehow a new phenomenon. In fact, this populism can be traced back to the end of the Cold War.

Jobbik: Looking East

John Feffer | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
John Feffer

Jobbik parliamentary representative Tamas Hegedus believes the party did so well because, more than any of the other parties, it spoke directly with voters and not simply through the media. The electoral war between Fidesz and the main opposition coalition also helped Jobbik's numbers.

Do Countries Experience an Increase in Military Aggression When They Go to the World Cup?

Andrew Bertoli | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Andrew Bertoli

My new study addresses the longstanding debate about whether international sporting events make countries more peaceful or violent. To tackle this que...

The Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Brian Kahn | Posted 07.26.2014 | World
Brian Kahn

As a lawyer, I long ago learned an important lesson: If you want to settle an argument, take time to figure out how the other side sees the facts. You...

India Under Narendra Modi: More Continuity Than Change in Foreign Policy

Rajan Menon | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Rajan Menon

The voters, disenchanted with the Congress, have put him in charge. Now the question is whether we'll see Modi the ideologue or Modi the pragmatist. I believe the latter will prevail, though the former will inevitably make its presence known.

Has Putin Been Manipulating Energy Prices?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The crafting of Putin's new Euro-Asian vision -- in effect a new "Greater Russia" assembled from the remnants of the old Soviet Union in Central Asia and Europe -- has been greased by a pipeline delivery system under the Kremlin's control.

Contextualizing Anti-Semitism in Modern America

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

We are mistaken when we try to make this a story of the past. No matter how much we wish it wasn't true, anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and domestic terrorism are all realities in modern America. This is precisely why visiting the Holocaust Museum has meant so much to me.

The New Tribalism and the Decline of the Nation State

Robert Reich | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

We are witnessing a reversion to tribalism around the world, away from nation states. The same pattern can be seen even in America -- especially in American politics.

Ukraine and the 'Rational Calculus' of War

Paul Grenier | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Paul Grenier

Solovyov's thought may hold the key to resolving this entire conflict. To begin with, his philosophy is by far the most inclusive of the options available to us.

Let's Not Yield to Putin on the Truth

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

On the subject of the Ukrainian crisis and the possible kidnapping of Crimea by the Russian Federation, we have been hearing two very strange arguments that are in urgent need of rebuttal.

Gang Found Guilty of Killing Gay Men Sentenced in... Moscow?

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 04.26.2014 | Crime
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Although hate crime provisions weren't applied in this case -- and, truth be told, won't be applied in any case tried in Russia any time soon -- the punishment for the gang is severe. The murder charges do carry aggravating circumstances and were appropriately applied in this case.

When Will They Ever Learn? The American People and Support for War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Of all America's wars over the past century, only World War II has retained mass public approval. In almost all cases, Americans turned against wars they once supported. How should one explain this pattern of disillusionment?

Ukraine's Fight Is Europe's Battle

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The confrontation in Kiev is the focus. Less discussed, Putin's Kremlin has sought to block closer economic and political ties between the EU and several other states that it dominated during the Soviet Union.

Making Televisions in America and Watching "I Love Lucy:" Apple, Samsung, and Judge Lucy Koh

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.19.2014 | Technology
Frank H. Wu

In the Apple v. Samsung patent trial, the lawyers have suddenly started arguing about race. An attorney for the former made a reference in his closing...

Passions v. Interests in Former Yugoslavia

John Feffer | Posted 12.10.2013 | World
John Feffer

The disintegration of Yugoslavia was a triumph of nationalist passions over political interests. If the latter had prevailed, the process would at least have proceeded peacefully, as was the case with Czechoslovakia. Instead, three wars took place one after the other.

The Spread of Tolerance

John Feffer | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
John Feffer

If it bleeds, it leads. That's the slogan in the newspaper business. War, crime, disaster: these are big sellers. But the spread of tolerance is, for the most part, not newsworthy.

When Nationalism and Militarism Become One

Mark A. Ashwill | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Mark A. Ashwill

The assumption that "others" wish to be like "us," and, by extension, the desire to mold them in our image, by force, if necessary, is the essence of the brand of missionary nationalism that has shaped U.S. foreign policy for generations.

Women Against Nationalism

John Feffer | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
John Feffer

Militant nationalism is not an exclusively male enterprise. But a principal fuel that keeps the enterprise going is high-octane testosterone.

Rise of Global Citizen Patriot

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Choosing between loyalty to country and consideration for fellow global citizens has all along been a false choice.

Scientists Discover American Exceptionalism Gene

The Lapine | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
The Lapine

In a shocking discovery, an international team of biologists, led by the famous Dr. Gibbons, a renowned Dutch geneticist, have discovered a unique 'Am...

What Does It Mean To Be An "American" Corporation?

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.25.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

Can we align the interests of giant corporations with our national, American interest? If we cannot, they should be stripped of their American corporate privileges and be required to do the same things as other entities that are not wedded to the national interest.