Qatari soft power efforts: two steps forward, one step backwards

Qatar World Cup workers' rights protest James Dorsey explains why changes to workers’ conditions introduced by Qatar as part of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights have yet to convince many that they are only the beginning of a process that will ultimately lead to true reform. Read more [...]

Local fear and ignorance in the rise of Donald Trump

Martin Luther King on ignorance Lawrence Davidson explains how Americans can vote for a charlatan such as Donald Trump in terms of the “30-mile phenomenon, that is, ignorance of and indifference towards what goes on beyond the 30-mile radius of where they live. Read more [...]

Trump may kill Netanyahu with kindness

Trump and Netanyahu Although Trump – for now at least – seems like a dream come true for Israel’s Netanyahu, Jonathan Cook says he could ultimately “turn Israel into a pariah state in Western capitals and leave it exposed strategically”. Read more [...]

Donald Trump’s moment: Will it last?

Donald Trump looking monkey-like Lawrence Davidson considers whether Donald Trump will try to meet his campaign pledges and bankrupt the country and alienating traditional US allies, or slot himself into the existing political system in Washington and thereby lose his domestic supporters. Read more [...]

American liberals unleashed the Trump monster

Donald Trump with a clenched fist Jonathan Cook argues that the reason Donald Trump is heading to the Oval Office is because the US Democratic Party rigged the primaries to ensure that a candidate who could have beaten Trump, Bernie Sanders, did not get on the ticket. Read more [...]

Qatar calls into question its sincerity in pushing World Cup-driven reform

Foreign workers in Qatar James Dorsey shows how super-rich Qatar has been backtracking on lofty promises of labour reform and some degree of greater liberalism, which it made in order to win hosting rights of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Read more [...]