Wednesday, July 1, 2015
  1. Tibet After the Dalai Lama

    Brahma Chellaney

    Tibet After the Dalai Lama


     fears that the power vacuum created when the current incarnation dies could give rise to violence.

    Dalai Lama kris krüg/Flickr

    On the 80th birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet’s future looks more uncertain than ever. Once he dies, China is likely to install its puppet as his successor, potentially leading to the erosion of the institution – and fueling the rise of a violent separatist movement in Tibet. READ MORE

  2. The Diaspora Goldmine

    Ricardo Hausmann

    The Diaspora Goldmine


     shows that remittances often are not the only way that migrants benefit their homelands’ economies.

    migrant ship Coast Guard News/Flickr

    The relationship between diasporas and their homelands often encompasses a broad palette of sentiments, including distrust, resentment, envy, and enmity. But, since the rise of the first cities, migrants have been an invaluable asset not only to their new country, but also to their country of origin. READ MORE

  3. A Yellow Star for the Jewish State?

    Bernard-Henri Lévy

    A Yellow Star for the Jewish State?


     offers some useful reminders to supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

    Israel flag Nir Alon/ZumaPress

    The rapid succession in recent months of efforts to delegitimize Israel is no accident: All of the recent episodes can be traced, more or less directly, to the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. It is time for BDS supporters to understand what the campaign is really about. READ MORE

  4. Revolution and Reaction in Biopharming

    Henry I. Miller

    Revolution and Reaction in Biopharming


     says that over-zealous regulation is preventing plants’ drug-making potential from being realized.

    GM crops BASF/Flickr

    The technology known as “biopharming,” which uses genetic engineering to induce agricultural crops to synthesize high-value pharmaceuticals, emerged with great promise about 15 years ago. Unfortunately, progress has since stalled, owing to the vehement risk-aversion of regulators. READ MORE

  5. Bending Toward International Justice

    James A. Goldston

    Bending Toward International Justice


     describes recent advances in holding accountable perpetrators of mass violence and atrocities.

    Sudan President Omar al-Bashir Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir/Mohammed Babiker/ZumaPress

    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir’s detention in South Africa on a warrant from the International Criminal Court is further proof of the notion that those who commit grave crimes should be held accountable. International and hybrid courts are delivering war-crimes convictions, and national tribunals are prosecuting perpetrators of murder, torture, and rape. READ MORE

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