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Putting Putin and Company in the Dock

COMMENT | Gordon Brown | Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to wage a winter war of attrition against Ukraine, targeting its civilian population in an attempt to starve and freeze the country into submission. In light of this dangerous escalation, the West must heed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s urgent …

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The Democrats’ democratic dividend

Given the anti-democratic forces, the Biden administration must bolster democratic institutions COMMENT | Aziz Huq and Tom Ginsburg | Last month’s midterm elections in the United States were surprising in more ways than one. The Democrats’ unexpectedly strong performance not only has shifted the political terrain for the next two years, but …

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America and global violence

To curb protracted violent conflicts, misinformation, inequality America should look within COMMENT | Sheila Kohanteb | The world is now witnessing the highest number of protracted violent conflicts since the end of World War II, and inequality and misinformation are fueling the turmoil. Policymakers seeking to curb the violence would be wise …

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Putting homophobia on trial

Much as there’s been success for LGBTI rights in courts, winning hearts and minds of Ugandans remains a struggle COMMENT | Frank Mugisha | Dear Reader, today I chronicle our struggles and what we have achieved despite numerous hindrances and try to forge a future ahead. The Anti-Homosexuality Act was the culmination …

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Africa and geopolitical competition

Why continent must strategically counter big powers through alliances and win-win deals COMMENT | Josephat Juma | The ongoing fever-pitch global tension and fear occasioned by competition among major political and economic powers of the world is not new. It dates back to naval wars to control sea trade routes, control global …

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Climate before trade

Why trade rules shouldn’t stand in the way of measures that advance global decarbonisation effort COMMENT | Dani Rodrik | Late last month, a foreign leader accused U.S. President Joe Biden of pursuing “super aggressive” industrial policies. It was not Russian President Vladimir Putin or Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose countries are …

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The virgin birth of Jesus

Why early Christians wouldn’t have found the Christmas birth story of the messiah so surprising COMMENT | Rodolfo Galvan Estrada III | Every year on Christmas, Christians celebrate the birth of their religion’s founder, Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee. Part of this celebration includes the claim that Jesus was born from a virgin …

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