Donald Trump was able to do for white Americans what Obama did for black Americans  

Ismail Qaiyim Opinion, US

In 2008 the country was on the verge of a revolution. The Bush administration had prolonged the war in Iraq and America’s global standing was at an all-time low. A man who in all likeness was the complete foil of the Bush administration appeared. Barack Obama was seen as the symbol of hope for a wayward and war-weary America.  Black …

In-Depth: how the response to the Paris attacks made ISIS stronger

Ismail Qaiyim Opinion, Western Europe

Painting a picture with a bloodstained brush intended to cloud and distort all inkling of mutual understanding is the business of information manipulation. The self-described Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are not only masters of disseminating distorted messages through turning vulnerable participants into electronic proxies, but also by using human suffering to paint a particular narrative. The …

Trump cuts to the heart of White American fears

Ismail Qaiyim US

While his speeches target Mexican American immigrants, convenient scape-goats for White conservative anger, his arguments cut to the heart of the anxiety that all Americans feel. He, however, has chosen to align his gospel with the interests of the traditional base of the Republican Party while targeting politically vulnerable groups in his campaigns.

TTIP is about US hegemony. No more, no less.

Ismail Qaiyim US, Western Europe

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), which includes China–the world’s second largest economy–are all noticeably absent from these FTAs. Many of the BRICS countries favor state-led industrialization, as opposed to the neoclassical economic orthodoxy of private sector-led growth and selective austerity favored by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The United States is the only country that appears in both the TPP and TTIP, a likely indicator that American private and public interests are driving these two agreements forward.

Baltimore and the Economics of Violence

Ismail Qaiyim Opinion, US

Baltimore is a city colored by the ripples of the economic ‘race to the bottom’ which defined the last quarter of the 20th century. As cheap labor and ‘heavy strings attached’ Foreign Direct Investment turned several Late Developing Countries into hubs for the transfer of working and middle class American jobs, densely populated urban centers, like the one where Freddie Gray was arrested, were turned into zones of desolation.

Why Liberia’s Natural Resource Curse is More Dangerous than Ebola

Ismail Qaiyim Liberia, Sub-Saharan Africa

As the world monitored the deadly Ebola disease in Liberia with heart wrenching concern amidst daily coverage, underlying conditions that entrench Liberia in a deathly cycle of poverty remain detached from the public narrative. A newly released report on the political economy of the mining sector reveals that Liberia’s heavily militarized extractive industry earns too little from its iron ore …

Beyond the Limits of Labor: Race and Consumption in Modern Society

Ismail Qaiyim Opinion, US

“I didn’t hire you to think.” An invisible activist is faced with the reality that his revolutionary ‘brotherhood’ passed over his humanity, in favor of him the mascot. Concepts like class struggle and wealth redistribution beckon a sense of action. Yet in the U.S., action and orientation appear to be at odds in the discussion surrounding race and labor. Race …

Choking Justice: Eric Garner and Directionless Dialogue

Ismail Qaiyim Discussion, US, World Politics

Amid widespread protests, U.S. Department of Justice investigations into state police departments, and abundant media coverage, the only commonality concerning the implications of unarmed police killings in American society is an ironic and confounding lack of consensus. There is a schism between those that unconditionally support the police and others that are calling for complete policing reforms. Then there is …

Trauma and Denial: Michael Brown and the American Psychosis

Ismail Qaiyim US, World Politics

America is experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Much like the battle-wounded that struggles to cope with the heart wrenching realities of war, American society falls into bouts of depression and rage. From the race riots of the depression era to the social unrest following the deaths of civil rights era figures, race in America is inherently linked to instability. …