Op-EdAug 12, 2021
Western Companies Must Stop Funding Misinformation in Belarus
By Doug Klain
Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, Mars, and more, are apparently funding full-on propaganda that elevates and protects a violent authoritarian regime, assisting it in declaring enemies of the state and deeming ordinary people inhuman garbage worthy of repression. It needs to be untenable for these brands to advertise on state-owned Belarusian networks.Doug Klain
Op-EdMay 24, 2021
The Kremlin’s Painfully Human Incompetence
By Doug Klain
“Whatever the Russian state does to dress-up and hide the corruption and criminality running rampant, it’s a state filled with bumbling, embarrassing fools granted enormous power over others. Highlighting their incompetence and humanity is one of the greatest threats to that power — and it’s something they are willing to kill over.”Doug Klain
Op-EdMay 19, 2021
A Green chancellor (yes, a Green chancellor) will keep Germany and Europe safe
By Roderick Kefferpütz
Though they are a movement formed by peaceniks, the German Greens realize that the challenge of our time, besides climate change, is the systemic conflict between democracy and authoritarianism, writes a Green strategist.
Op-EdMar 1, 2021
Garlauskas in Asia Times: Kim Jong Un says ‘sorry, not sorry’
Markus Garlauskas argues that analysts should not take Kim Jong Un's apologies to the North Korean public for recent policy failures at face value and that they should stay vigilant about the tactical motivations behind such rhetoric.
Op-EdFeb 26, 2021
Akbar in The Washington Post: Afghans are living in terror. That must change for peace.
By Shaharzad Akbar
"It’s now been a year since the United States signed an agreement with the Taliban. Afghans were expecting peace, but one of the most tangible changes has been an increase in targeted killings, mostly unclaimed, that have created an environment of terror and fear," writes Shaharzad Akbar in The Washington Post Opinion.
Op-EdFeb 12, 2021
Roberts in Pairagraph: Is China’s economic success to be applauded, or feared?
On February 5th, Dexter Roberts co-authored an article, “Is China’s Economic Success to Be Applauded, or Feared” on Pairagraph in a debate format with Branko Milanovic, Visiting Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center City University of New York. In the article, Roberts argues that while the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) economic policies since the 1980s […]
Op-EdFeb 9, 2021
Zarazinski in Hacker Noon: Venezuela is patient zero challenging the Western financial system with Bitcoin
Global sovereign currencies are regulated and mediated by central banks, with significant tracking and infrastructure capabilities to allow for secure currency transactions, to enforce government policy, and to monitor criminal behavior. These safeguards do not exist with cryptocurrencies, which enable peer-to-peer instantaneous and immutable blockchain transactions. The result: participants can sidestep American controlled transaction mechanisms. […]