Is Moscow Turning Off the Gas Tap?

October 19, 2021

In 2010, I was invited to hold a presentation titled “Will Russia someday close the gas tap?” It was a rookie mistake, early in my career, so I didn’t think about how the presentation would be advertised. I just suggested general topics I wanted to talk about in the broader context of...

Appropriating the King of Pop: The Far Right Co-Opts Michael Jackson

October 08, 2021

Michael Jackson has been named the "king of pop" for his timeless hits as a member of the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist. His lyrics have brought individuals across the world together as one. "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" are some of his best-known songs, but it is "They Don't Really Care About Us"...

The Wicked Problem of Climate, Blah, Blah, Blah

September 30, 2021

In December 2019, I wrote an article on Fair Observer titled, “Climate Change: One Step Forward, While Standing Still.” It was a cheeky piece, looking somewhat depressingly at the progress of the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings, otherwise known as the...

The Weak European Reflex in German Cybersecurity

September 27, 2021

Whether financial crisis, migration or the coronavirus pandemic, the past decade has shown that Germany cannot easily implement its international goals without the European Union. This fact is hardly taken into account in the German cybersecurity strategy adopted on September 8. Is Big Tech...

Is Big Tech Ready to Tackle Extremism?

September 22, 2021

A news story that falsely claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine caused the death of an American doctor was the most viewed article on Facebook in the US for the first three months of 2021. Instead of going public about the platform promoting such misinformation, Facebook held back on publishing the...

History Matters in How Russia Is Perceived in Europe

September 15, 2021

History matters in how Russia is perceived in EU member states. In the fourth conversation of GLOBSEC’s series on “The Image of Russia,” Peter Kreko, director of the Political Capital Institute in Hungary, discusses how Russia is so successful in inflating its power and influence.

Third Rome: Will Russia Save Europe From Itself?

September 14, 2021

From its inception, the Russian state has long used Europe as a measure for itself. In the 19th century, the leading intellectual debate in Russia was between the Slavophiles and the Westernizers, divided on the idea of the essence of the Russian civilization and its relation to Europe. The...

The Musical Is Political: Black Metal and the Extreme Right

August 10, 2021

There has been an association between the occult, paganism and the extreme right ever since the evolution of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party from the Thule Society. In the last few years, however, commentators are noting the return to prominence of racist occultism and heathenry...

Is America Ready to Raise the Minimum Wage?

Since the federal minimum wage was introduced in the United States in 1938, it has provided a level of security for workers to be able to afford a minimal living standard. However, the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has not changed since 2009, the longest timespan without an increase in its...

Is Spying an Art or a Crime?

July 21, 2021

The New York Times on Monday reported that the US has accused China “of breaching Microsoft email systems used by many of the world’s largest companies.” On the same day, The Washington Post announced the findings of an investigation into “spyware licensed by an Israeli firm to governments...

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