HONG KONG -- What the world needs is a West that is prepared to learn from the rest of the world as much as it seeks to teach it. It does not need a West at odds with the rest.
In order to understand what is going on in Ukraine, history matters and the narrative of the other as well. Putin is a brutal leader yet his popularity rose as a result of the crisis. Not necessarily because he is a new Hitler as many argue but because he managed to inscribe his narrative in a Russian narrative with deep historical roots.
Is democracy forever, or could it be near a tipping point where the number of truly democratic countries -- on the rise since the eighteenth century -- starts to go into reverse?
Why must we be particularly careful about giving the West some special status when it may well deserve to be recognized for its contemporary pluralism? The main cause for caution is that history reveals patterns of prejudice in the West, just as much as in the East, and there can still be a resurgence of such impulses if we are not careful and fail to ward them off.
"Pack-istan? Never heard of the place, ma'am," the muscled, tattooed, slightly inebriated, impassive marine drawled when I answered his query about my country-of-origin, in the overcrowded, smoke-filled, cosy little pub.
Back in the days of the cold war, the west made serious efforts to engage with the societies of Eastern Europe, including Russia. The west had a dialogue with those societies, today there is none.
When it comes to ethnic and national identities, it's not either/or that we need, but rather the both/and of democratic pluralism.
This excursion gave me the phenomenal opportunity to pause and set aside my "critical" daily activities to reflect on my great blessings. I spent time with my husband, laughed until our sides ached while enjoying our country's spectacular beauty with our adventurous bus companions.
It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.
"Israel regrets every injury to civilians. I call on the residents of Gaza: Don't stay there. Hamas wants you to die, we want you to be safe." This i...
Without you, we'd have been cooked, which would have been almost as bad as driving over the edge of the Grand Canyon. On behalf of myself, my friend, her dog, and all foolish drivers, I belatedly thank you.
hile Putin uses the whole spectrum of power tools, he forces us to ask questions about our own poor, soulless, haphazard, and anemic conduct. Why is it that we are so poorly equipped to use the whole set of power tools at our disposal to counter him? The West can do better.
We are all loitering in our classroom one lunchtime. Barry Sutton suddenly asks me a question: ''Hey, Imran! Are your parents going to arrange your marriage?'' Everyone's attention is suddenly upon me.
Crimea is gone. Increased sanctions and criticism from the West will not stop Russia's annexation of this largely ethnic-Russian peninsula. As Ukraine now withdraws its troops from Crimea, America and its allies should instead focus their diplomacy on the preservation of a democratic Ukraine.
Are we destroying our own civilization, the most appealing and ethical there has ever been? To say Yes or No, we need to examine the roots of our soc...
Is the West tearing itself apart? In the past few weeks we've looked at many arguments. But they may be boiled down to three points. First, at its...