How can the human rights community respond to severe political polarization? | OpenGlobalRights

Severe political polarization is tearing at the seams of democracies around the world, with dangerous consequences for our societies, institutions, and human rights. — Read on http://www.openglobalrights.org/how-can-the-human-rights-community-respond-to-severe-political-polarization/

Italy coronavirus lockdown: Poet Franco Arminio publishes phone number – The Washington Post

The poet was stuck in his house like everybody else in Italy, sleeping too little, buzzed with a sense of emergency and listlessness, and wondering how to fill the time. So over the weekend, he published his cellphone number on social media. He was an "old hypochondriac," he said, and was willing to talk. Anybody [...]

What is Geopolitics: from theory to practice

http://www.youtube.com/watch From a functional definition of geo-politics to geopolitics as a framework for STATECRAFT/POLICY-MAKING. In this presentation we proceed from a conceptual unpacking of geopolitics, to linking it with geostrategy, geoeconomics and geotechnology, and see how this can be formulated into a geo-political web of power, for building the power capacity, and resource capability, of [...]

Refugees’ Geopolitics: The Black Scene of Power Play – Modern Diplomacy

... the issue of refugees along the Turkish-Greek border has become a very prominent global issue these days. On the one hand, there is the issue of human rights and the humanitarian approach to refugee issues along the Greek border and on the other hand, the discussion of the actors behind the shaping of the [...]

Chile: Notes from a Revolt | The New York Review of Books | Daily

... on October 6, 2019, high school students were igniting the first sparks of the rebellion by joyously jumping the turnstiles of a number of subway stations to protest a fare hike, Chile’s right-wing president, Sebastián Piñera, was boasting on a television program that the country was “an oasis” in a turbulent and convulsed Latin [...]

The Habermas-Rawls Debate // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

James Gordon Finlayson's book gives us a well-informed and detailed account of the exchange between Habermas and Rawls about questions of political justice and legitimacy. Finlayson discusses both the exchange which took place in the 1990s and the ensuing academic debate which continues today. He analyses both the exchange and the debate with lucidity and [...]

Asian nations should join hands for rural revival : The Tribune India

‘Asia Hunger facts’ reveal that Asian peasantry, which provides nourishment to all, is itself under- or malnourished and lives in poverty. Asia has always had more hungry people and more malnourished children, though Africa is frequently presented, as the centre of ‘world hunger’. This is because Asia has so many more people. For example: 64 [...]

Shakespeare Conquers America! Starring Ulysses S. Grant as Desdemona – The New York Times

America is massive. Shakespeare is massive. When two such cultural hyper-objects meet, they’re bound to create a black hole strong enough to suck in and warp just about anything around them. James Shapiro analyzes the effects of their collision in his terrific new book, “Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About [...]

The Problem with the Way Scientists Study Reason – Facts So Romantic – Nautilus

Mercier and Sperber say that reason is a tool that evolved to solve particular problems related to communication, like evaluating information provided by others, convincing family or tribe members with arguments, and justifying one’s behavior to protect and improve one’s reputation in a complex social world. Their theory makes novel and testable hypotheses, like that [...]