Food has become an increasingly globalized commodity, a reality that has sparked a fierce debate over regulatory and safety standards.
Richard Wang examines the rhetoric surrounding the Ebola outbreak in Western nations, and interrogates whether the current framing of the disease is leading to effective policy responses.
Motives for the violent Western intervention in Syria — where since at least early 2012 the CIA has been sending large shipments of weapons to Sunni militants working with al-Qaida front Jabhat al-Nusra — predictably appear rooted in geostrategic, rather than humanitarian, interests. Iran recently secured a $10 billion pipeline deal with Syria and Iraq that the U.S. and its European allies bitterly opposed. The project would bring Iranian hydrocarbons to the Mediterranean as well as Russia, which has sought to expand its influence in the region’s energy development.