India and Vietnam are partnering with the US to counter China

This fall, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is slated to lead a bipartisan group of U.S. senators to China. The planned trip, like other recent visits to China

NASA report finds no evidence that UFOs are extraterrestrial

NASA’s independent study team released its highly anticipated report on UFOs on Sept. 14, 2023. In part to move beyond the stigma often attached to UFOs, where

Why China’s real estate crisis should make the global travel industry nervous

Once upon a time – in 2019 – tourists from China were among the best-traveled in the world. They collectively spent more than US$250 billion abroad – nearly

Ancient texts depict all kinds of people, not just straight and cis ones

I study Greek and Latin literature and have noticed that ancient authors wrote about sex, homoerotic feelings or relations, and gender more often than we assume. A

Quran burning in Sweden prompts debate on freedom of expression vs incitement of hatred

The Swedish government is concerned about national security following several incidents involving the burning of the Quran that have provoked demonstrations and outrage from Muslim-majority countries. The

How Russian history sheds light on Putin and Prigozhin – and the dangers of dissent

In Russia, failed coups portend turmoil and collapse. They also herald greater repression, and a tightening of centralised control. This is because Russian history has swung back and

With fewer than 1,500 Catholics in Mongolia, Pope Francis’ upcoming visit brings attention

Pope Francis is set to make the first-ever visit to Mongolia, a country with fewer than 1,500 Catholics, all of whom have come to the faith since 1992.

How a hip-hop mindset can help teachers in a time of turmoil

While hip-hop has created a lot of good memories, good music and good times, the culture has gifted society much more than just entertainment. As a 

Navigating the intersection between AI, automation and religion

In a era marked by rapid technological advancement, we are seeing everything from artificial intelligence to robots slowly seep into our everyday lives. But now, this technology is

As BRICS cooperation accelerates, is it time for the US to develop a BRICS policy?

The leaders of the BRICS group of large emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – meet in Johannesburg for two days beginning on Aug.

Is conflict in Ukraine a reminder to China of the risks in attacking Taiwan?

U.S. defense strategists warn that China may use the distraction of the war in Ukraine to launch military action against Taiwan. They believe Chinese President Xi Jinping is determined to gain control over the breakaway province – which has been beyond Beijing’s control since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 – before he leaves office.

Discrimination took a heavy toll on Asian American students during pandemic

Experiencing discrimination significantly harmed the well-being of Asian and Asian American college students in the U.S. during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the key

Hitler and Trump: Show trials can provide a powerful platform for the defendant

The trial of Donald Trump on charges that he conspired to undermine the peaceful transition of power will likely be a show trial – but not in the

Social media can in fact be made better, research shows

Is social media designed to reward people for acting badly? The answer is clearly yes, given that the reward structure on social media platforms relies on popularity,

Why Russia pulled out of its grain deal with Ukraine – and what that means for the global food system

The Russia-Ukraine grain deal that has been critical to keeping global food prices stable and preventing famine is currently in tatters. On July 17, 2023, Russia said it was

Ukraine is the hot topic at the NATO summit – the most important work is all in the details happening behind the scenes

A summit is literally the highest point on the mountain. In diplomatic terms, summits like the NATO meeting, held on July 11 and 12, 2023, in Vilnius, Lithuania,

“We the People” includes all Americans – but July 4 is a reminder that democracy remains a work in progress

The United States’ founders firmly rejected King George III and the entire idea of monarchy 247 years ago, on July 4, 1776. Political power does not come

The folly of making art with text-to-image generative AI

Making art using artificial intelligence isn’t new. It’s as old as AI itself. What’s new is that a wave of tools now let most people generate images

AI could shore up democracy – here’s one way

It’s become fashionable to think of artificial intelligence as an inherently  You’d be forgiven if you’re distraught about society’s ability to grapple with this new technology. So

Southern Baptists expel churches with women pastors – but the debate’s not just about gender

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant group in the United States, overwhelmingly voted to expel two congregations with women pastors on June 14, 2023, during their annual

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