After Corona, changing societies’ priorities

After Corona, changing societies’ priorities

Jonathan Power June 16, 2020 Perspective and proportion are everything in this Pandemic of Fear that now consumes our attention and our daily lives. With very rare exceptions the media ignores this. As I write there have been world-wide 436,005 deaths from coronavirus. But a remarkable, barely noticed, 4,137,712 have recovered. In comparison, the number […]

Walkers of the world unite!

Walkers of the world unite!

Jonathan Power June 9, 2020 Shouldn’t we be Panglossian when it comes to the progress now being made to defeat the Coronavirus? Pangloss in his youth was unreasonably optimistic. He was in Voltaire’s novel “Candide” Candide’s mentor, and coined the phrase, “All this is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.” But […]

The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security. Part 4

The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security. Part 4

Part 4 Part 1 and 2 were introductory and then made the diagnosis. Part 3 analysed the fraudulent threat analysis that fuels militarism.This 4th part focus on some theories and concepts about human security and how that concept differs fundamentally from the state-anchored, military policies that have dominated so far. Part 1 of this series […]

Will the coronavirus pandemic help curb war and militarism?

Will the coronavirus pandemic help curb war and militarism?

May 25, 2020 Dr. Lawrence Wittner Decades ago, when I began teaching international history, I used to ask students if they thought it was possible for nations to end their fighting of wars against one another. Their responses varied. But the more pessimistic conclusions were sometimes tempered by the contention that, if the world’s nations […]

The attack on China should stop

The attack on China should stop

Jonathan Power May 19, 2020 The world is supposed to be pulling together to defeat the Coronavirus and to some extent it is. Earlier on Russia sent special equipment to the US and recently the US has sent some to Russia. China has aided Italy and Africa with doctors and equipment. Tiny Cuba, with its […]

Acknowledging disorientation after COVID-19: Beyond horizons of fear and doubt

Acknowledging disorientation after COVID-19: Beyond horizons of fear and doubt

Richard Falk May 08, 2020 More than earlier crises of my lifetime, including the Great Depression, World War II, 9/11, the COVID-19 pandemic illuminates as never before, how precarious and uncertain is the future wellbeing, and possibly survival, of the human species. The concreteness, immediacy, and haunting uncertainties of the pandemic is quite terrifying on […]

The Coronavirus: Short- and long-term futures

The Coronavirus: Short- and long-term futures

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The US should not be number one

The US should not be number one

By Jonathan Power April 28, 2020 It might seem that the world is going to pot in a hand-basket. Not quite true. There are ways out. Asia has shown how to deal with the Coronavirus and how to stay politically stable. Europe, with the exception of wise Sweden, has muddled along, following belatedly the conventional […]

China unleashes the Health Silk Road against the Corona Pandemic

China unleashes the Health Silk Road against the Corona Pandemic

By Hussein Askary April 22, 2020 When China was fighting alone against the Corona virus in January and February, Western media mocked China and its leadership for mismanaging the health affairs of the nation. A Danish newspapers gleefully published a cynical cartoon of the Chinese flag with a cluster of Corona viruses instead of the […]

ObergComment: Ravaged by its empire and militarism, the US now doesn’t have enough body bags for its own

ObergComment: Ravaged by its empire and militarism, the US now doesn’t have enough body bags for its own

📌 We know that many of our readers would like to see some short, pointed posts here. So, in contrast to the longer, more analytical articles we usually publish – normal for an academic institution – an Oberg Comment is a short text by the editor of The Transnational, Jan Oberg, which alerts you to […]