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Hans Henrik Fafner

Fafner is a regular critic in Ny Tid. Residing in Tel Aviv.

Rethinking democracy

David Stasavage, John G. Matsusaka: The Decline and Rise of Democracy. A Global History from Antiquity to Today, Let the People Rule. How Direct Democracy Can Meet the Populist Challenge
Democracy: The Greeks do not have the patent on the idea of ​​«democracy». And are referendums a necessity to get democracy back on track?

"Dealing with illiberal states is a chronic problem"

John Ikenberry: Power, Order and Change – in World Politics
USA: We've talking to John Ikenberry about 'after victory moments'. Is there any real incentive for the powerful state to spend money to rebuild and foster better order? The liberal international vision is not globalism, it is intergovernmentalism.

Is it a national goal to create happy citizens?

Edgar Cabanas, Eva Illouz: Manufacturing Happy Citizens – How the Science and Industry of Happiness Control our Lives
HAPPINESS: Joy has recently become a large and lucrative business in most of the western world. New book takes a wise assessment of modern society's pursuit of happiness, and concludes that happiness in many cases is illusory.

To be able to live up to the dignity as true citizens of the world

Martha C. Nussbaum: The Cosmopolitan Tradition. A Noble but Flawed Ideal
HOLBERG PRICE: Material inequality is part of the order of the day in the 21st century. Nussbaum takes care of one of our most pressing challenges to make the world a better place.

People in the small towns

USA:  What were Trump's chances of re-election in November? Extensive fieldwork provides useful insights into the segment that is commonly perceived as his core voters.

THE BATTLE BETWEEN IRAN AND SAUDI ARABIA: The Middle East tragedy

Kim Ghattas: Black Wave. Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East
ISLAMISM: The traditional explanation for the conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims is too superficial. A new, well-written analysis interprets the Middle East's major changes as a showdown between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Revolution in a social and political vacuum

Walter Armbrust: Martyrs & Tricksters. An Ethnography of the Egyptian Revolution
EGYPT 10 YEARS AFTER: Walter Armbrust has written about the time after the first eighteen days of the revolution: If one considers the revolution on Tahrir Square in Cairo as a rite of passage, there are several good reasons why it went wrong.

Hatred is an integral part of American popular culture

Jeffrey Israel: Living with Hate in American Politics and Religion
USA: American religious scientist puts his finger on the convulsive attempts of the liberalist society to cover up the injustices of the past.

To escape the ultra-Orthodox lifestyle

Anna Winger, Alexa Karolinski: unorthodox
Thoughtful story of a young girl leaving a Hasidic society for a better life outside.