Author and Islam critic Hamad Abdel-Samad has unpacked the stereotypes about the prophet of the Muslim faith and compiled them in a new book. But this is not religious criticism’s finest hour. read more
The notion of the universality of human rights is morally undeniable. Why do we struggle to act on them?
In the face of thriving nationalism, terrorism and upcoming wars Europe and the US need to build a strong alliance – otherwise they will not only harm themselves but one another.
The ship of global governance is weak and leaky. It desperately needs fixing if it wants to stand a chance in the troubled waters that lie ahead.
Energy is key in the global struggle for power. Depleting our natural resources will precipitate our downfall.
The power of the nation-state is in freefall. The new balance of power is not written in the stars but in the history books.
The possibility of a “Europe” worth dreaming of was saved, for sure. But Europe didn’t save itself. Greece took a bullet for the rest of us.
Yanis Varoufakis dubbed himself an “erratic Marxist” and presented his interpretation of Marx in detail. But his dialectical spirit is unlikely to succeed.
We Europeans face a historic choice: either we further develop Europe as a single political entity, or we recede from the limelight.
After his overwhelming success, the big question is how good a diplomat Mr. Tsipras is.
When it comes to cyber protections, Europe is a patchwork: Passing only national laws and lacking in cooperatin with the corporate sector, the EU members undermine their cybersecurity. It’s time to get it right.
One of the world’s most vital industries is virtually unguarded against digital attacks.
The idea of a coming cyberwar is nonsense. The attention given to the topic only distracts us from bigger issues. Instead of gambling on a future of electronic warfare, we must continue to develop conventional defense technologies.
The terrifying consequence of the Wikileaks scandal is the zeal with which hackers from around the world have shut down websites of Wikileaks opponents. Without realizing it, we have reached the cusp of a new age of cyberwar.
The debate in Europe surrounding TTIP relies on faulty critique on one side, and unsubstantiated promises on the other. Citizens on both sides of the Atlantic deserve better.
TTIP is more than a trade deal. It’s an opportunity to cement the Euro-Atlantic geopolitical alliance and restore faith in the Western model of market economies.
The specifics of Dutch history have lead to a Netherlands which, despite a modern government active in social issues, maintains a strong culture of private charitable giving.
The culture of charity and giving in the UK is shaped by three key factors: state structures, citizens’ religious backgrounds, and the country’s industrial and colonial history.
Zakat is a form of alms mandated by Islamic scripture. The coordination of this massive giving project has taken several forms throughout history. In today’s western world, Muslim charities play a central role.
Even when the economic development of a country is taken into account, some nations seem far more generous in their charitable giving than others. What factors explain these national variations?