JFK Made a Forgotten Turn Toward Peace Before He Was Killed: We’ve Abandoned it Entirely

JFK Made a Forgotten Turn Toward Peace Before He Was Killed: We’ve Abandoned it Entirely

  By Patricia Hynes Co-author: Frances Crowe June 4, 2018 Greenfield, MA (Informed Comment) – Fifty-five years ago on June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered a commencement address at American University that, in fewer than 30 minutes, turned traditional national security policy on its head. Kennedy proclaimed that world peace is “the most […]

New book – “The Information Explosion”

New book – “The Information Explosion”

  By John Scales Avery May 30, 2018 I would like to announce the publication of my new book entitled “The Information Explosion”. This book discusses the role of information in evolution, and especially in the evolution of human culture. Articles and book chapters that I have previously written on this subject are incorporated in […]

A piece of world peace history in-the-making

A piece of world peace history in-the-making

  Jan Oberg April 27, 2018 Please watch the video below carefully. You’ll see what could – could, and most likely will – become a piece of world peace history. Note the body language of the two leaders – warm smiles and long handshakes. In spite of being one and the same nation, they meet […]

The hard right and its threats to democratic liberalism

The hard right and its threats to democratic liberalism

By Edmund Fawcett Originally published by Open Democracy on April 7, 2018 here on   Unlike the hard right I have not conjured up an imaginary Other, but identified a genuine adversary in a struggle over democratic liberalism that is already engaged.   28 March 2018, Germany, Berlin: Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance (SPD), […]

“The Silk Roads: A New History of the World”

“The Silk Roads: A New History of the World”

  By Peter Frankopan April 15, 2018 British historian Peter Frankopan, author of the bestseller “The Silk Roads: A New History of the World” paints an unexpected portrait of our Western civilization and the way we perceive our position in the world: old Europe is convinced to be the best, most prosperous and safest region. […]

Will Democracy Survive? How? Whether? Hard Questions in Dark Times

Will Democracy Survive? How? Whether? Hard Questions in Dark Times

    By Richard Falk April 7, 2018 As demagogic leaders with popular approval or at least acquiescence dominate the political process of several important ‘democratic’ states questions need to be asked about the core or indispensable content of democracy. Other states seek the imprimatur of ‘democracy’ but limit drastically the choices open to the citizenry […]

The Origins of the U.S. Surveillance State

The Origins of the U.S. Surveillance State

  In the U.S., carrying out military interventions abroad has undermined freedom at home   By Christopher J. Coyne and Abigail R. Hall   Originally published by Stanford University Press blog here The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal continues to be front-page news. According to current reports Cambridge Analytica obtained private Facebook data, which it used to […]

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He’s Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He’s Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

  By Charlie Warzel In mid-2016, Aviv Ovadya realized there was something fundamentally wrong with the internet — so wrong that he abandoned his work and sounded an alarm. A few weeks before the 2016 election, he presented his concerns to technologists in San Francisco’s Bay Area and warned of an impending crisis of misinformation […]

Richard Sakwa: The Key Challenge for Russia is to Avoid Inflicting Damage on Itself

Richard Sakwa: The Key Challenge for Russia is to Avoid Inflicting Damage on Itself

    Rethinking Russia sat down with University of Kent’s Professor Richard Sakwa to discuss his new book Russia Against The Rest, its relations with the West, its role in a new world order as well as its greatest challenges in 2018. Originally published on February 15,2018 at Rethinking Russia here   University of Kent’s […]

A Relevant Nobel Candidate: China’s Xi Jinping and the Silk Road Initiative

A Relevant Nobel Candidate: China’s Xi Jinping and the Silk Road Initiative

By Jan Oberg Western mainstream media and politics disseminate so many negative aspects of China and consider it a serious threat to Western hegemony to such an extent that it is difficult to see any other – more relevant – perspectives. The China-initiated Silk Road and Belt Initiative (BRI), described in links like these, has […]