How Law Made Neoliberalism

How Law Made Neoliberalism

Image: Adobe Stock / XY March 23, 2021 Jedediah Britton-Purdy, Amy Kapczynski, David Singh Grewal If we are to emerge from this era of crisis, we need legal thinking that operates on fundamentally different presumptions. We live in an era of intersecting crises—some new, some old but newly visible. At the time of writing, the […]

Gandhi’s relevance in the time of global crises

Gandhi’s relevance in the time of global crises

(Mahatma Gandhi, ph. Rajni Kothari, photo credit: Wall Street International) March 2, 2021 Ashish Kothari In a world that is increasingly torn by conflicts and crises of many kinds. On October 2, political and business and religious leaders in India and elsewhere remember Mahatma Gandhi, sing his praises, and pledge to live by the ideals […]

UN Warns of an Impending Famine With Millions in Danger of Starvation

UN Warns of an Impending Famine With Millions in Danger of Starvation

In 2019, Ethiopia experienced the fifth-worst food crisis worldwide. Credit: FAO/IFAD/WFP/Michael Tewelde By Thalif Deen December 14, 2020 UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 2020 (IPS) – The numbers are staggering— as reflected in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has triggered a new round of food shortages, famine and starvation. According to the Rome-based World Food Programme […]

Millions of new poor are on the way – Who cares?

Millions of new poor are on the way – Who cares?

Photo credit: wsimag.com By Roberto Savio December 5, 2020 The recent meeting of the G20 – scheduled to take place in Riyadh but held virtually due to the Coronavirus pandemic – has been an eloquent example of how the world is drifting, in a crisis of leadership. It was, in a sense, a showcase. Everybody […]

Has China Won?

Has China Won?

Tom Switzer September 25, 2020 CIS Executive Director, Tom Switzer interviews John Mearsheimer and Kishore Mahubani to ask Has China Won? At a time when tensions are running high, CIS Executive Director Tom Switzer asked Has China Won? Our debate between John Mearsheimer and Kishore Mahbubani, two of the world’s leading foreign policy intellectuals. Covid-19 […]

Normalising the exceptional as a serious security threat

Normalising the exceptional as a serious security threat

Jørgen Johansen argues that, like terrorism before it, the Covid-19 pandemic is being used by politicians across the world to normalise exceptional restrictions on basic rights with political consequences that will long outlast the health emergency. By Jørgen Johansen September 7, 2020 In his book State of Exception, Giorgio Agamben examined the consequences of policies […]

When is China-bashing racist?

When is China-bashing racist?

Designer: Yu Jiansu at CGTN.com Martin Powers September 4, 2020 Ann Arbor (Special to Informed Comment) – On the left, there is widespread agreement that Trump’s immigration policies are informed by white supremacist doctrines. His travel ban on Middle Eastern nations was racially charged, not to mention restricting aid to Puerto Ricans ravaged by a […]

A Circle in the Darkness: Post-War Europe

A Circle in the Darkness: Post-War Europe

Patrick Lawrence September 1, 2020 Diana Johnstone’s newly-published memoir offers an incisive, gritty, politically alert, and expansive account of post-war Europe, reports Patrick Lawrence in this interview with the author.  Originally posted on Consortium New’s on May 17, 2020 Diana Johnstone first sojourned in Paris during the early postwar years, as France and the rest […]

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 […]