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August 29, 2014

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Rise of the South
Vijay Prashad

Within the decade, the United States will no longer be the largest economy in the world. What will end, and has already begun to end, is not U.S. power but U.S. primacy. Read More


Zionism’s Fanatics Face New Landscapes
Rami G. Khouri

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey apparently went for the Buffoon of the Year Award when, after he had accurately referred to the Palestinian West Bank as the “occupied territories"—and later apologized. Read More


Smile, You’re in Rio
Julia Michaels

When the author arrived in 1995, she purchased an armored car and retreated to a gated community. Rio de Janeiro was a city at war with itself: elites of the wealthy enclaves versus the urban poor of the favelas. Society is now changing for the better, in ways that cannot be undone. Read More


From Syria to São Paulo
Monique Sochaczewski

Middle Eastern immigrants began arriving in the 1850s, and Brazilian governments have long promoted a narrative of harmonious relations between Arabs and Jews. Is this a myth? Is it a basis for a more robust Brazilian foreign policy for the region? Read More


Itamaraty’s Mission
Guilherme Casarões

Long a national pillar above party politics, the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations has fallen under heavy public scrutiny. It must resolve crises in three areas: ideological neutrality, bureaucratic harmony, and social legitimacy. Read More


Protests, Protests, Everywhere
João Marcelo Ehlert Maia, Lia de Mattos Rocha

Something important happened last June: hundreds of thousands of Brazilians began marching for better public services and government accountability—and against police brutality. The question is not only whether the unrest will disrupt this year’s World Cup, but also how it may change Brazilian politics. Read More


Boom or Bust
João Augusto de Castro Neves

With commodities no longer booming, Brazil’s economy is in a slump. The good news is that whether or not President Dilma Rousseff wins re-election this year, economic reform is coming. Read More


FIFA Rules
Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda, Jimmy Medeiros

Hosting the finals of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association brings glory to Brazil. But the globalization of the tournament also challenges the sporting culture of a nation whose name is synonymous with football. Read More


The Beautiful Game
Kanishk Tharoor

Half the population of the planet will tune in to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It’s not only a sport we love. It’s the game that explains who we are. Read More


Brazilian Triumphs
Jerry Dávila

Some thirty years ago, dictators ruled and inflation soared. Today, Brazilians freely elect their presidents, while millions rise from poverty. The South American nation can teach the world something about building a prosperous democracy. Read More


Brazil on the World’s Stage
Cairo Review

Antonio Patriota, the Brazilian ambassador to the United Nations, speaks on the Middle East crises, American spying, domestic protests, and the 2014 World Cup.Read More


Letter from Brazil
Filipe Nasser

Since at least the late nineteenth century, the Middle East has been an intrinsic part of our national narrative of racial and ethnic blending. Read More


The Trial of Chelsea Manning
Alexa O’Brien

A military judge found the U.S. army private guilty on twenty espionage and other charges related to the leaking of military field reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. But the lack of transparency in the proceedings raises questions about the legitimacy of the verdict and the harshness of the sentence. Rather than achieving justice, the conviction highlights President Obama’s war on whistleblowers. Read More


Fortress New York
Harvey Molotch

Since the September 11 attacks, Gotham lives under a blanket of tight security. Police and guards seem everywhere. Inspections, intrusions and blockages are the norm. The financial cost is huge. Quality of life is diminished. Is there anything to show for it? Read More


Reimagining Detroit
John Gallagher

The Motor City, once the world automobile capital, is now better known for urban decay. Public services are abysmal, crime rampant, and leadership absent. But a promising comeback may be in the works, thanks to civic-minded corporate executives, leaders of charitable foundations, and nonprofit neighborhood groups. Read More


Quest for a New Utopia
Anthony M. Townsend

By the year 2100, our cities may be home to eight billion people, 80 percent of the projected global population. Much depends on how we navigate the intersection between urbanization and digital technology. Build the Smart City, but one street corner at a time. Read More


Our Urban Dream
Jaime Lerner

The former mayor of Curitiba says decisive battles for the quality of life are being fought in cities, with the future of the planet at stake. He calls for citizen participation on a global scale to overcome poverty, ignorance and environmental degradation. To innovate, he argues, is to begin. Read More


Dangerous Man
Cairo Review

Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971 in hopes of ending U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. He speaks with Managing Editor Scott MacLeod about America’s latest whistleblowers, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden—and explains how unchecked power threatens the human race. Read More


Iranians in America
Chris Ulack

They fled a revolution in the Middle East, to experience discriminatory policies and stereotyping in the WestRead More


Engaging the Haitian Diaspora
Tatiana Wah

Some 70 percent of Haiti's skilled workers live outside the country. Tapping this important resource for economic development requires a better understanding of why they left and how they can effectively contribute to their homeland. Read More


America's New Face
Cairo Review

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is a leading voice for the humane treatment of undocumented migrants in the debate over U.S. immigration reform. He speaks with Cairo Review Managing Editor Scott MacLeod on being the grandson of a Mexican immigrant, why illegal aliens should be offered a path to citizenship, and how the rising clout of Hispanic voters forced Republicans to "change their tune" on the issue. Read More


Hugo Chávez & the Middle East: Which Side Was He On?
Danny Postel

There’s a less discussed dimension of the Chávez legacy to examine: his relations with the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, a story whose significance became more salient with the onset of the momentous changes the region has been undergoing over the last few years. Read More


New Orleans, Marching On
Anne Gisleson

From Katrina to Isaac, hurricanes have brought death and destruction. Two years ago came another calamity: the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Adding insult to injury, citizens no longer have a daily newspaper to inform on their troubles. The story of how a great American city wrangles the void.Read More


Still Mightier Than the Sword

Jonathan Guyer

The demise of the American newspaper seemed to be the death knell for an All-American tradition: the editorial cartoon. But a spirited new generation of cartoonists is taking its irreverence online. Rest assured: the Republic remains in safe hands!Read More


Outlook for Obamacare
Katie Keith, Tanya Baytor

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 was a milestone in the long fight for health care reform in the U.S. But despite President Obama’s reelection, it is far from clear whether it will deliver on its promise. A close examination of the question of implementation.Read More


A Deep, Deep Sleep
Tom Kutsch

In the film The Dark Knight Rises, Batman once again saves Gotham City from ruin but at the ostensible cost of the superhero’s own life. It is a parable that explores fear and anxiety in the Age of Terror and forces Americans to confront truths about the violence in their land. Read More


Islamophobes
Moustafa Bayoumi

For much of the U.S., the September 11 attacks transformed Muslim Americans from an invisible minority to a shadowy people to be feared. During the Obama presidency, civil rights conditions for the community have gone from bad to worse. The popular climate has become uglier. Something has changed in America.Read More


That Used to Be Us
Tarek Selim

Tarek Selim wonders how the U.S. can catch up with ChinaRead More


Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire
Matthew Duss

Matthew Duss ponders the problem of Orientalism in WashingtonRead More


Americans Adrift: The Crisis of Values in the Land of Opportunity
Maggie Severns

Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy. By Christopher Hayes. Crown, 2012. 304 pp. Read More


Elections, American-Style
Madeline B. Welsh

Cairo was dark when U.S. Representative Patricia Schroeder stepped off the plane in Egypt. Very dark. It was the beginning of the 1973 Middle East war, Israeli forces had reached Kilometer 101, and the capital was under a blackout. Read More


The Cairo Review Interview: To Mars and Beyond
Cairo Review

Charles Elachi, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, leads an institution long in the forefront of man’s exploration of the universe. He speaks with Managing Editor Scott MacLeod about his upcoming search for life on Mars, the future of the U.S. space program, the need for investment in Middle East education, and what happens when a space explorer and an actor from Star Trek have dinner together.Read More


Decisions, Decisions
Sheila Peuchaud

Thinking, Fast and Slow. By Daniel Kahneman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011. 512 pp.Read More


To Think, To Write, To Publish
Lee Gutkind, David Guston , Gwen Ottinger

Global challenges related to technology demand attention to their social and ethical aspects and not only their tec hnical ones. but Science and Innovation Policy is not easy to get across to the gener al public. A solution: communicating policy through the genre of creative nonfiction.Read More


Energy Justice
Clark A. Miller

In the coming fifty years, choices will be made about what kinds of energy systems to build for the future, where to build them, and how to distribute their benefits, costs, and risks. These choices will help determine which countries and communities flourish and which deteriorate. The fight is on. Read More


Knowledge Without Borders
Michael M. Crow, William B. Dabars

American research universities are the envy of the world, but they must adapt if they are to create kno wledge that responds to the ‘grand challenges’ of our epoch. Only an amalgamation of transdisciplinary, transinstitutional, and transnational frameworks has the potential to advance broader social and economic outcomes.Read More


Brazil and the Middle East
Celso Amorim

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silvaa made the region a foreign policy focus in pursuit of greater South-South cooperation. An insider’s look at how the Brasília sees Arab democratization, Arab-Israeli peace, the nuclear standoff with Iran and trade and investment promotion.Read More


Aftershock
Joshua Cooper Ramo

Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future. By Robert Reich. Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. 192 pp. Read More


Global Governance
Jennifer Bremer

How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance. By Parag Khanna; World Rule: Accountability, Legitimacy, and the Design of Global Governance. By Jonathan G. S. Koppell; The Future of Power. By Joseph S. Nye, Jr.; The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas. By Steven Weber and Bruce W. Jentleson Read More


From the Gut: Decisions without Reflection
Shibley Telhami

Decision Points. By George W. Bush. Crown Publishers, 2010. 512 pp.Read More


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