How Will Oil Producing Countries and Companies Meet the Challenge of Climate Change? By Robin Mills - Dec 9, 2018

As an organization of the fossil-fuel industry, Opec, meets in Vienna, the United Nations’ COP24 climate talks are taking place nearby in Katowice, Poland. The coal-rich province of Silesia, where sits Katowice, was wrested from Austria by Frederick the Great of Prussia. Now, major oil producers must decide whether to fight the new energy transition … Continue reading “How Will Oil Producing Countries and Companies Meet the Challenge of Climate Change?”

The Killing of Raed Fares Shows How Syria’s Revolution of Ideas Is Literally Dying Out By Faisal Al Yafai - Dec 7, 2018

Standing up at the Oslo Freedom Forum last year, Raed Fares, a charismatic and good-humored activist who had become a face of the Syrian revolution from his small hometown of Kafranbel in the northwest, showed the audience photographs of the devastating aftermath of a regime bombing raid. He then asked the question millions of Syrians … Continue reading “The Killing of Raed Fares Shows How Syria’s Revolution of Ideas Is Literally Dying Out”

Europe Turns Its Back on Its Liberal Principles as Refugees from the Middle East and Africa Drown By Jonathan Gornall - Dec 6, 2018

For just a moment in September 2015 it seemed that the wave of compassion generated by the photograph of a three-year-old boy lying dead on a Turkish beach might lead to meaningful change. Alan Kurdi, along with his 35-year-old mother, Rehan, and five-year-old brother, Galip, drowned in a desperate attempt to cross the five-kilometer stretch … Continue reading “Europe Turns Its Back on Its Liberal Principles as Refugees from the Middle East and Africa Drown”

The Unintended Consequences of Destroying Palestine’s Aid Economy By Joseph Dana - Dec 5, 2018

When it comes to maintaining an occupation, the difficulty is in the details. Large-scale military maneuvers are easy when compared with managing the daily existence of millions of people. After close to five decades of military rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel appears to have perfected the craft of occupation. One instrument … Continue reading “The Unintended Consequences of Destroying Palestine’s Aid Economy”

The BDS Movement in the Israel-Palestine Dispute Needs to Sharpen Its Ideas By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Dec 4, 2018

After decades of suffering from the label of terrorism that was unfairly stuck to most of their freedom fighters, Palestinians finally managed to deploy peaceful alternatives to make their pleas for an independent state heard. But commendable as it is, Palestinian peaceful activism still commits mistakes reminiscent of the recent past, when demands were maximalist … Continue reading “The BDS Movement in the Israel-Palestine Dispute Needs to Sharpen Its Ideas”