Fears of a Hamas takeover of the West Bank are exaggerated | Opinions

Violence in the occupied West Bank has increased in recent months. Armed clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli military in Jenin and Jerusalem and elsewhere have resulted in the deaths of several Palestinian fighters and civilians and the injuries of several soldiers of the Israeli occupation forces. There have also been stabbings, car-ramming attacks and … Read more

How to fight the misinformation about the COVID vaccine? | Health

Opposition to vaccination is as old as vaccination itself. Although vaccines save five lives every minute, and while 85 percent of children worldwide are vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough, some people resist the life-saving injections. A range of factors contribute to the opposition to vaccines — from fears of needles or side effects … Read more

The Western Balkans leave behind the EU dream | European Union

Is it necessary for the European Union to publicly reaffirm its commitment to the “enlargement process” or would it be sufficient for it to simply declare its support for the “European perspective” of the Western Balkans? That was the question many EU leaders likely grappled with in the run-up to the 6 October EU-Western Balkans … Read more

In honor and defense of Sally Rooney | Art and culture

When asked what to do with their lives, radical American historian Howard Zinn had this advice for his students: “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” Zinn, of course, lived an honorable life putting his admonition into practice. He knew injustice had to be dealt with; that staying still or silent meant accepting the … Read more

Will policymakers put Pandora’s Papers back in the box? | Pandora Papers

In early October, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, along with a number of media partners, published the Pandora Papers, which revealed some of the trillions stashed away in tax havens notably by politicians, officials and celebrities. These leaks tell us once again that financial secrecy is at the heart of the global economy and … Read more

Stop being polite – Colin Powell was a murderer | Opinions

Colin Powell has passed away, and the hagiographic obituaries are imminent. The New York Times hailed him as a “pathbreaker”: the United States’ first black national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state. The rest of the American mainstream media has followed a similar line, erupting in characteristically American … Read more

Singapore’s ‘foreign interference’ law will weaken people’s power | Opinions

When the Foreign Interference Bill, or Fica, was introduced in Singapore’s parliament on September 13, local activists watched closely. We feared that – like laws that preceded it – it would give the state disproportionate powers that further threaten our civil liberties and choke out the little room left for critical political engagement in Singapore. … Read more