Respectable public opinion holds that Labour has already lost the next General Election in the United Kingdom– maybe the next couple. Notwithstanding the unrestrained solipsism and unprofessionalism emanating from certain members of the frontbench, the increasingly divided cabinet, or the somewhat chilly public response to the prime minister’s choice of grammar schools (of all things) […]

Water has been labeled the petroleum of the next century and the subject of World War III by Goldman Sachs and Newsweek respectively. While the implications of water scarcity are clear in places like Saudi Arabia and California, those in Santiago, Chile, a city paradoxically plagued by both flooding and a dearth of drinking water, are […]

The declaration that “tyranny naturally arises out of democracy” is the famous, anti-democratic thesis of Plato’s Republic. While the Ancient Greek philosopher’s criticisms of direct democracy have led to the widespread denunciation of such systems of government, the specter of absolute democracy continues to gnaw at political institutions worldwide, remerging as a referendum. Indeed, referenda […]

Brazil’s Bolsa Família has dutifully served as the flagship of Brazilian social welfare since its christening in 2003. The conditional cash transfer program was captained by President Luiz Ignácio Lula de Silva, who himself was born into rural poverty. Lula’s place at the helm of Bolsa Família seemed to symbolize the passage of political power into the hands of the Brazilian citizenry. But today, as Lula fights […]

Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo is the prime minister of Timor-Leste, a position he has held since 2015. A physician by training, he served as both the Minister of Health from 2001-2006 and the Deputy Prime Minister from 2006-2007.  What is something most people do not know or are surprised to learn about Timor-Leste? People are surprised […]

Indonesia, with its over 240 million practicing Muslims, is usually devoid of much of the instability that plagues the also-predominantly-Muslim Middle East. Its moderate policies and lack of frequent terrorist activity is often regarded as a shining testament against the assumption that Islam lends itself to violence. However, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a radical […]

On October 8, 2016, a U.S.-backed airstrike led by Saudi Arabia “wrongly” targeted a funeral ceremony in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, killing at least 100 people and injuring another 500. Among the victims were military personnel and officials, but also hundreds of civilians, including women and children, according to the United Nations Office of the High […]