September 20, 2017

Blogroll

Trump Speaks at The UN: 5 Takeaways

President Trump delivered a stern warning to North Korea and Iran during his speech to the UN General Assembly on September 19. (Photo via video stream)

The president threatened North Korea and decried the decimation of the American middle class – but didn’t have much praise for the work of the United Nations. Read More »

Thoughts on Trump’s Afghan Strategy

(Photo by Sean Ellis, CC license)

If President Trump’s new strategy and the reaction it has received from the current and former US officials and commentators around the world is any evidence, the chances of its success seems pretty low. Read More »

Putin’s Peacekeepers: Beware of Russians Bearing Gifts

OSCE SMM monitoring the movement of heavy weaponry in eastern Ukraine. (Photo by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, CC license)

The West should engage with Russia's peacekeeping proposal - but skeptically and with clear conditions. Read More »

Mental Health Impact of Major Disasters Like Harvey and Irma

Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing fly over St. Thomas and St. John in an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter on 10 September, 2017. They're searching for people in need of critical assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma. (Photo by New York National Guard, CC license)

After the storm is over, it's time to rebuild – and natural disasters can affect survivors' health for years to come. Read More »

India Changes Tack on Rohingya

Thousands of Muslims are living an uprooted life in refugee camps in Bangladesh. (Photo by Fondo Andaluz de Municipios para la Solidaridad Internacional FAMSI, CC license)

India was silent on the plight of the Rohingya since Hindutva project architects did not want to include the Muslim. But in the end, the gravity of the tragedy forced it to express concern. Read More »

Asia And The Threat to Global Economic Security

Port Klang is a town and the main gateway by sea into Malaysia. (Photo by Behan, CC license)

While it is true that US engagement in Asia was never going to be secured or defined by the TPP but by broader US economic and political interests, those longstanding US interests in Asia are now also being tested by President Trump. Read More »

How Renewable Energy Will Excel Despite the Trump Admin

Moon Rise behind the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm. (Photo by Chuck Coker, CC license)

Donald Trump has famously called climate change a hoax. He’s been a bit more ambiguous about his views since he started his presidential campaign, but still seems to lean more on the side of disbelief. His policies certainly don’t place much importance on combating climate change or using more renewable energy. His rhetoric has focused much more on coal and ... Read More »

Are catastrophic disasters striking more often?

Hurricane Irma 7 September 2017 as seen by MODIS on board Terra satellite. (Photo by Antti Lipponen, CC license)

Saturated media coverage of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma can make it seem like disasters happen all the time. Is the frequency of billion-dollar disasters really rising? Read More »

The Streets of Intimidation

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif addressing his supporters near Rawalpindi during his journey to Lahore after being disqualified by Pakistan Supreme Court on corruption charges.

Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification has a much larger impact beyond him and his family, a challenge not only to the judges but to all people of Pakistan about how they want to live their lives and to run their state. Read More »

How Congress Can Make DACA Even Better

All eyes will be on the US Capitol building in Washington DC that houses US Congress for possible immigration reforms. (ViewsWeek photo)

Congress has an opportunity to build on DACA's success. An immigration expert explains how. Read More »