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The Mishnah (Masechet Avot) tells us: "Make his wish as your wish so that he will make his wish as your wish." This is the
There are two reasons why Israel and the Jewish people are the involuntary messengers of the necessity to modify human nature
Nicolas Berggruen was once known as the "homeless billionaire," a globe trotter who traveled to many cities around the world
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel is discovering through repeated blows at the polls, when the wages of war outstrip the means of empathy, people retreat to their own suffering and better angels lose their wings. Bad faith results from good intentions if the capacity to fulfill moral claims is lacking. (continued)
The great paradox of the internet age is that ever-greater connectivity also means ever-greater capacity for surveillance -- both by governments and the private sector digital companies. In an exclusive interview with director Oliver Stone about his new movie, "Snowden," we discuss the intrusion of intelligence agencies into personal data floating around in cyberspace, as well as what Stone considers the totalitarian creep of "surveillance capitalism" by the likes of Facebook and Google, which monitor and market your online profile. (continued)
What global interdependence giveth it can also take away. As long as China's economy grew rapidly, as it did over recent decades, the demand for Brazil's iron ore, oil and soybeans generated enough rising prosperity to disguise the cracks in the democratic system of Latin America's largest country. China's slump has now exposed the malignant corruption and mismanagement that festered in the shadows of the "Brazilian miracle." (continued)
The world economy can't grow without China. And China can't continue growing unless the rest of the world does. The G-20 -- which brings together advanced and emerging economies representing 85 percent of world GDP and 75 percent of trade -- is the one global body capable of addressing this shared challenge. (continued)
The great sociologist Max Weber postulated that the birth act of modern capitalism was the secession of business from the household and thus the web of moral and ethical obligations that intimate form of human organization entailed. Zygmunt Bauman has called globalization the "'second secession'" in which unleashed capitalism has "'flown away'" from the constraints of the nation-state, in effect the larger household. Now, national households are clawing back their claims, reasserting sovereignty in an anti-globalization backlash that is profoundly realigning politics.(continued)
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Nice and elsewhere in the country, several towns along the sunny beaches in the south of France where a scantily clad Brigitte Bardot once frolicked have banned the burkini. This ban on covering up reveals not only a cleavage between conservative Islamic norms and the liberal West, but between the concepts of secularism within the West itself as well. (continued)
The modern Olympics have become a global platform through which countries project their image to the rest of the world. They have become a prism that refracts geopolitical and geocultural realities and aspirations. (continued)
This week, three events -- the continuing political brawl over Donald Trump's indecent assault on the grieving parents of an American war hero, who was a Muslim; the death of one of the world's leading scientists, who was a Muslim; and a new intervention by Pope Francis in defense of the Muslim community -- all challenge the narrative that reduces Muslim identity to acts of terror. (continued)
Most presidential elections in America have been contests over different policy solutions and approaches, but rooted in a commonly agreed reality. This time around, as the back to back Republican and Democratic conventions have demonstrated, the dispute is over what constitutes reality itself. More than anything else, this election is about defining what America is.
If the aim of the coup plotters was to derail Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's march toward autocratic rule and restore the country firmly on the secular path envisioned by its modern founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, their failure achieved the opposite result. The last gasp of Atatürk has breathed new life into Erdogan's troubled and troubling tenure. (continued)
We may not yet be in a new Cold War, but we have definitely entered a period of hot peace. (continued)
The recent string of terrorist attacks in Muslim-majority cities, including Dhaka, Istanbul, Baghdad and Medina, have left the ummah, or Muslim community, bleeding. The suspected culprit of the attacks is the so-called Islamic State. (continued)
"Present at the Creation" is the title Dean Acheson, the famed American secretary of state from 1949-1953, gave to his memoir, which recounts the vision and construction of the post-World War II institutions of global order. In that same era, French diplomat Robert Schuman, considered "the father of Europe," planted the seeds of European integration that have grown for the last several decades into a club of 28 countries with a population of 500 million. Brexit marks an historic turn of the tide. Today, we are present at the unraveling of those grand institutions that have outlived their capacity to deliver and lost the allegiance of their publics. (continued)
When politics divides instead of unites, walls off instead of embraces, what, or who, can bind fractured societies? (continued)
It is de rigueur among tolerant liberals who don't want to divide society further in our unsettling times to dismiss Samuel Huntington's thesis of a "clash of civilizations." But Huntington was right -- though perhaps in a way he didn't grasp. (continued)
Integrating immigrants as individuals and providing them with the means of upward mobility is what has distinguished America from the old world cultures of Europe. It is the foundation upon which America's celebrated aspirational culture has been built. To suggest otherwise in 2016 -- as Trump has done in questioning whether a U.S.-born judge of Mexican lineage can fairly try the case against Trump University -- is also to deny the mixed races and ethnicities that constitute America's makeup today. (continued)
Recently, The WorldPost published an interview with "Sapiens" author Yuval Harari in which he envisioned a future where "organisms become algorithms" as computer and biological sciences converged. In a response, Deepak Chopra writes this week that being cannot be reduced to an algorithm, nor can the mind be reduced to the wiring of the brain which artificial intelligence strives to mimic. (continued)