Category Archives: Other World

The tragedy of world-wide forced displacement 

Syrian refugees Graham Peebles stresses the misery driving people to migrate, and the miserable conditions they endure en route to and after arriving at their destination, and calls for compassion in treating these victims of circumstance. Read more [...]

Grotesque inequality and anxiety

Stress Graham Peebles examines the relationship between inequality and the expectations arising from the socio-economic model that creates such inequality on the one hand, and anxiety and depression – which are reaching epidemic proportions – on the other. Read more [...]

Blasphemy and terrorism: Catchall phrases to repress dissent

Pakistani mob beat Mashal Khan James Dorsey says the abuse of labels like terrorism and blasphemy by governments, institutions, groups and individuals creates an environment that fosters violence, intolerance and disrespect for the other, and enables vigilantism and extremism. Read more [...]

The omnipresent pressure to conform

Conformity Graham Peebles examines the pressure on young people to conform, and the rooting out from education of subjects that encourage individuality and criticism, and says this is less to do with respecting traditions and the law and more to do with control and fear. Read more [...]

A dilemma for the intelligence agencies: Trump’s attack on Syria and historical precedents

Trump-the-ego-freak Against the background of the US missile attack on Syria, Lawrence Davidson examines the correlation between disregarding the information and analysis of intelligence agencies and national leadership that is egocentric, biased and pig-headed, such as President Trump. Read more [...]

Making America neocon again: Trump, Putin and the Ziocons

Making America neocon again Gilad Atzmon writes: It doesn’t Read more [...]

Spreading the Gospel: Asian leaders wary of Saudi religious diplomacy

King Salman in Asia James Dorsey says leaders of Asian states recently visited by Saudi King Salman are waking up to the detrimental impact of Saudi religious diplomacy which is fostering sectarianism and intolerance in their societies. Read more [...]

The revolution in work calls for an evolution in living

Universal basic income Graham Peebles explores some of the ideas that are being discussed for a radical alternative to the prevailing social and economic paradigm, ones where justice, equality and human dignity replace poverty, competition and waste. Read more [...]

Walking a tightrope: China manoeuvres between Saudi Arabia and Iran

President Xi Jinping and King Salman James Dorsey explains why Saudi King Salman's attempt to lure China into his kingdom's sectarian and geopolitical struggles with Iran is likely to fail, given Iran's strategic, economic and cultural advantages over Saudi Arabia. Read more [...]

Truth vs Donald Trump

Psychotic Donald Trump Lawrence Davidson analyses President Trump’s inability to distinguish fact from fiction from a psychological perspective, and examines what makes such a deeply flawed person attractive to a significant minority of the US population. Read more [...]