China’s galaxy empire

John Keane Talk of a new Cold War between the US and China emphasizes military capacity and economic prowess. Warrior discourse presents a mono-dimensional situation in which conflict is inevitable. …

To Fire on Zeman a Babiš! My apologies.

At first, when I read that Pavel Novotný, ODS mayor of Řeporyje, had said that it was in the best interests of the Czech Republic that Andrej Babiš and Miloš …

Turkish Lives Matter

Philipp Ther Germany was quick to claim the German-Turkish vaccine developers of Pfizer/BioNTech as proof of its open society. But their success is more an exception than a rule. Rather …

Can carnival be saved?

Quinsy Gario Carnival is a time of cultural exuberance. In the Low Countries, however, the masquerade has become a refuge for dominant groups to caricature the heritage and bodies of …

The GULag is still alive

Olga Romanova Russia’s penal system has not been reformed since the late-Stalinist period and is essentially managed by the FSB. Alexei Navalny will be sent to one of the many …

The journey of revisiting 1989

A review of ‘The Legacy of Division. East and West after 1989’   Kinga Anna Gajda   What causes the stark generational difference in people’s understanding of Soviet times? Is …

A muscle memory of misery

EUROZINE editorial Réka Kinga Papp   Yet another independent outlet is slain in Hungary: Klubrádió just lost its broadcast license, resuming a decade-long campaign to silence the channel. Journalists march …

Peaceful transfer of power? Forget it.

Claire Potter The erosion of democracy wasn’t gradual; the writing was on the wall. It was the public understanding that lapsed. The recent Trumpist attempt to overturn an election now …

Denial Is the Heartbeat of America

When have Americans been willing to admit who we are? IBRAM X. KENDI   “Let me be very clear: The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a …

We no longer have a president but a patient

I am not the only person who is observing the actions of president Trump with grave concern.  As a neurologist with over 30 years of clinical experience, I am disturbed …

The Democrats seem to have a religion problem

Musa al-Gharbi In 2020, the Republican Party continued to gain ground among voters identifying as religious – almost three quarters of the US electorate. The most dramatic shift was among …

Democracy in question

A Trumpian blip or a fundamental flaw in American democracy Shalini Randeria Timothy Snyder   Just as democracy has become more widely recognized across the globe, the contemporary political norm …

TRUMP TO MELTDOWN. AND WHAT ABOUT US?

Martin Jan Stránský Publisher, Přítomnost and The New Presence Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology, Yale School of Medicine Based in Prague Donald Trump lost the election.  Not because most Americans …