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The Week That Awoke the World

Over the last several years, that famous poem has been quoted countless times: “The centre cannot hold,” William Butler Yeats wrote, before adding, “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.” People cited it so often because it was true. But it was not so true this past week.

3 March 2022
David Brooks

As I Write, President Zelensky Is Beside Me. Please, Help Us Show Putin the Mistake He Has Made.

In launching a war on our country, President Vladimir Putin claimed Russia would “de-Nazify” and free Ukraine. But Ukraine — a nation that lost as many as eight million lives in World War II, a country that has a Jewish president — does not need to be freed from the liberated path it has chosen.

2 March 2022
Andriy Yermak

What Does Defending Europe Mean?

Europe's double standard on refugees, exposed yet again by the war in Ukraine, is morally deaf and geopolitically dumb. The best way Europe can defend itself is to persuade other countries that it can offer them better choices than Russia or China can.

2 March 2022
Slavoj Zizek

The West must now look outward and inward

The divide between the Global North and the Global South has now been shown to be conceptually naïve, economically unreliable, and politically dangerous. Democracy is now more in danger in the places where it is practiced than in regions that have hardly known it at all. It is now imperative that intellectual effort and material resources be urgently re-allocated to buttress democracy at home. This is the pre-eminent lesson to be drawn from the Ukraine fait accompli

1 March 2022
Anthony Kefalas

Why Vladimir Putin has already lost this war

The Russians may yet conquer Ukraine. But Ukrainians have shown in the past few days that they will not let them hold it

28 February 2022
Yuval Noah Harari

By Crossing The Line In Ukraine, Putin Fortifies It Everywhere Else

Clearly, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a defining moment in history. What that definition will be remains unclear. All bets are off if Russian nukes enter the picture.

28 February 2022
Nathan Gardels

We Are All Living in Vladimir Putin’s World Now

What we called the 30-year peace that followed the Cold War has now ended. Future historians will look at these last decades, by and large, much like they look at the interwar period, as an opportunity squandered.

27 February 2022
Ivan Krastev

Green gaslighting: Another face of climate denialism

Commitment to immediate and comprehensive action should have been made at the much-awaited UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow last year. Instead, governments, financial institutions and corporations made pledges about reaching “net zero” emissions, building “climate resilience” and “ending deforestation”.

25 February 2022
Vijay Kolinjivadi

No Justification for a Brazen Invasion

To answer Mr. Biden’s anguished question, nobody and nothing have given Mr. Putin the right to seize territory or decide the fate of neighboring nations. The consequences of his aggression will be terrible for Ukraine and painful for the West

23 February 2022
Editorial Board

This Is Putin’s War. But America and NATO Aren’t Innocent Bystanders.

This is Putin’s war. He’s a bad leader for Russia and its neighbors. But America and NATO are not just innocent bystanders in his evolution.

21 February 2022
Thomas L. Friedman
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