Flying chariots and exotic birds: how 17th century dreamers planned to reach the moon

People have been dreaming about space travel for hundreds of years, long before the arrival of the spectacular technologies behind space exploration today – mighty engines roaring fire and thunder, shiny metal shapes gliding in the vastness of the universe....

/ December 1, 2017

Hyperinflation Drives Venezuela to Bitcoin

Matt Kibbe Matt Kibbe is the President and Chief Community Organizer of Free the People. He is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, Kibbe is a public policy expert, bestselling author, and political...

/ November 29, 2017

Is Russia a Strong State? The Complex Relationship with the Chechen Leadership

Since the early 2000s, Russia has demonstrated its growing power and rising international ambitions. However, despite the impression of a strong state, Russia remains a country with a GDP comparable to Spain’s, severe structural problems in its economy, and demographic...

/ November 29, 2017

A Delicate Weave: folk singers from Western India celebrate diversity in the face of intolerance

A Delicate Weave (Jhini Bini Chadariya), a documentary film set in Kachchh, Gujarat in Western India, traces four different musical journeys, all converging in the ways they affirm religious diversity, syncretism (blending of religions and cultures) and love of the...

/ November 29, 2017

The Mixed Messages of Disney’s “Coco”

Over Thanksgiving, I took my two young nieces to see the latest Disney/Pixar animated film, “Coco.” In brief, the film is about a boy, Miguel, who pursues his ambitions as a musician in spite of his music-hating family’s wishes. Through...

/ November 27, 2017

Brexit and the Consequences for International Peacebuilding

As a form of international assistance to post-conflict societies, peacebuilding addresses both the immediate consequences and root causes of conflicts. Peacebuilding focusing on the stabilisation, reform and building of institutions of a functioning state, especially political, security, economic, public administration...

/ November 23, 2017

For LGBTI employees, working overseas can be a lonely, frustrating and even dangerous experience

As the number of workers taking international assignments increases, companies have more responsibility to look after their LGBTI employees who face persecution while on assignment. Russia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia are becoming some of the most challenging expatriate assignment...

/ November 22, 2017

Did RT Influence the 2016 US Elections?

On Thursday 8th November, the US Department of Justice wrote to the Russian state-sponsored international broadcaster RT, and ordered them to register as a foreign agent in line with the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA). This act was...

/ November 21, 2017

You Think It’s Capitalism; It’s Actually Bull

Matt Kibbe Matt Kibbe is the President and Chief Community Organizer of Free the People. He is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, Kibbe is a public policy expert, bestselling author, and political...

/ November 20, 2017

Don’t Buy in to Black Friday Propaganda

Hey everybody, it’s that time of year again! Black Friday is upon us, and that’s just the start of the frenzy that is the holiday shopping season. And with the season come the perennial claims that it’s your patriotic duty...

/ November 20, 2017

The Road Goes Ever On: What’s Next for Tolkien’s Middle-Earth?

It’s the end of an era. Christopher Tolkien, the son of renowned fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien, has announced at the age of 93 that he is resigning his position as literary executor of his father’s estate. What does this mean...

/ November 17, 2017

Forget Policy, Politics Is Just Team Sports

Go, team! Come game day, our boys are going to mop the floor with your guys. It’s a rivalry that goes back almost as long as the game itself, and we’ve got a score to settle. Never mind that the...

/ November 17, 2017

Brexit, Trump and the Rise of Jihadism as Rejection of the Political Status Quo

In his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, published almost 70 years ago, Orwell describes a dystopian world which in many ways resembles the world we live in today: “a world of fear and treachery and torment a world of trampling and being...

/ November 15, 2017

The Death of the Tea Party

Matt Kibbe Matt Kibbe is the President and Chief Community Organizer of Free the People. He is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, Kibbe is a public policy expert, bestselling author, and political...

/ November 15, 2017

How Hong Kong Umbrella movement was crushed and pro-democracy activists gradually silenced

Young Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law were released on bail from jail on October 23. They will now appeal against the prison sentence for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement. Hong Kong’s version...

/ November 15, 2017

It’s Open Enrollment, and Obamacare is Still Awful

Well, it’s open enrollment season again, that festive time of year when we all realize just how much money we are throwing away on medical insurance that barely functions. Every year, I almost forget just how much damage Obamacare has...

/ November 14, 2017

Who is Not a Refugee?

One of my previous blogs was titled “Who is a refugee?” and I recently participated in a discussion forum asking the same question. It is obviously an important question and reflects concerns about the limitations of the UN Refugee Convention...

/ November 8, 2017

China and the US are both shooting for the moon – but don’t call it a space race

On the face of it, it looks like two of the world’s biggest powers are racing to get astronauts back on the lunar surface. China is aiming to land crew on the moon by 2036, while on the other side...

/ November 8, 2017