Think Tanks, weak research and the case of Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Australia

Think Tanks, often linked to a party in the nation's political system, are becoming increasingly popular (particularly in the US and the UK), receive funds, and produce very easily digestible research, ready-made for the rushed politician. Think Tanks do not have to adhere to the same quality standards that university research has to or, when they are supposed... Continue Reading →

Does Israel fear peace and normalization? The Gaza Flotilla case

Days have passed since the so-called ‘Gaza Flotilla’ was brutally raided by Israeli forces.  As usual in these cases, I tend to take my time before writing my opinion. Let me start from some simple observations: The Gaza blockade is irrational. It breaches international law and affects the most vulnerable people within Gaza. By contrast,... Continue Reading →

Obama’s ‘ideological utopianism’

Obama's speeches are becoming a classic, no less than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, for those studying English, at least in Japan. Certainly, after eight years of Bushisms, Obama's words sound like Shakespeare. Hence, few would have complained if the Nobel committee would have awarded him the Nobel in literature. Notwithstanding that,  in listening to Barack Obama's... Continue Reading →

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