THE Herald has partnered with the New York Times for a special feature series from experts across the world on what lies ahead for 2022.

We're proud to bring you Turning Points, a series of thought-provoking pieces featuring global voices on the key events that may shape the coming 12 months.

This New York Times partnership, sponsored by Rathbone Investment Management, is the latest example of how The Herald strives to do things differently online and in the paper to give our readers the best possible service. It follows our recent series in conjunction with the investigative website The Ferret on 'How Green is Scotland?' and 'Who Runs Scotland?'.

Over the next seven days, the likes of world-famous linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky and Isabel Allende, one of the world’s best-known writers and a fierce defender of the rights of women and girls, will appear in The Herald - in print or exclusively for our subscribers online.

You can become a subscriber for free today by taking out a 30-day trial to our Premum Plus plan.

You can also view the digital edition of the print suplement in our E-Edition here.

Every piece in the series can be found here:

21 things that happened for the first time in 2021


From automated killer drones and digital artwork worth millions to the recognition of the fifth ocean and the first 3-D-printed school, we take a look at key world events and trends over the past year.

Click here to read the full piece.

Covid, crackdowns and coups: A look back at 2021 in stunning pictures


An inauguration like no other, stuck in the Suex Canal, the death of Prince Philip and demands for action at Glasgow climate summit. A look back at 2021 through the lens of world-renowned photographers. 

View all the stunning images here.

What next for 2022? Key events to shake the world this year


The 'Metaverse', a vaccine roll-out to billions and rocket launches. Here's a look at events set to shake, or gently rattle, our physical and digital worlds in 2022.

Read the full article here.

Noam Chomsky on democracy, lockdowns, climate change and nuclear war


An interview with Noam Chomsky. From anarchy and automation to climate crisis and nuclear warfare, Chomsky, 92, the world-famous linguist and social critic, offers his fascinating philosophical insights into how to build a better world.

Read the exclusive interview in full here.

Has the world of work changed forever post-Covid?


DURING the life-changing Covid-19 pandemic, millions of people were fortunate enough to work from home during lockdowns while others were called upon to put themselves at physical risk to keep cities and economies from collapsing. As the world re-emerges from Covid, we are seeing renewed attention in the workplace to issues of social injustice, economic inequality, corporate social responsibility and diversity and inclusion.

Earlier this year we asked a small group of leaders in various professions: Is the world of work forever changed?

Read their exclusive insight in full here.

What next for feminism, the 'war against women' and 'chipping away the patriarchy'?


An interview with Isabel Allende, one of the world’s best-known writers and a fierce defender of the rights of women and girls. At 79, she says she still has no intention of slowing down. “Little by little, women are chipping away the patriarchy”.

Read the sit-down interview here.

NASA engineer on search for life on Mars and humanity's struggles for a better future


IN Nasa’s most audacious effort to find evidence of past life on Mars, the space agency landed the robotic explorer Perseverance on the Red Planet.

Here, NASA engineer Christina Díaz Hernández reflects on that experience and humanity's struggles for a better future.

Read the full article here.

What privilege means in the climate crisis fight


THE climate crisis has been building for decades, but only since the mid-2000s has it truly come to the attention of the richer countries that comprise the Global North.

Read the full New York Times essay here.

Do needless migrant deaths show we've reached the depths of humanity?


Journalist David Diop examines the devastating fate awaiting migrants fleeing across the Mediterranean. He says: “For billions of disadvantaged people, life is a waking nightmare. To be able to eat, drink, bathe and clothe themselves is a daily battle.”

Read the full harrowing story here.

A year on from George Floyd's murder, has America changed from its troubled past?


IN a series of photographs taken on former Louisiana plantations, the photographer Dawoud Bey found echoes of the past that still inform the present.

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'The ugly truth': Can 'toxic' modern colonialism ever be overcome?


Niger gained independence in 1960, but France’s presence still looms large. 

One of the few ways for Nigeriens to get gainful employment is to work for mining companies majority-owned by the French Government.

Read the full story here.

Caster Semenya on her fight for justice in Olympics testosterone debate


After being denied a place at the Olympics, the South African gold medallist is focused on maintaining her dignity and getting justice.

"The 2018 ruling did not name me specifically, but I am the target. It said women naturally born with higher testosterone levels have an unfair competitive advantage over other female athletes. To be allowed to compete, I would have to take testosterone-reducing drugs."

Read Caster Semenya's exclusive story here.

Did it take a pandemic to appreciate the modesty of covering up?


THESE past two years saw most people’s lives turned upside down by Covid-19, and our lives at home and work are still undergoing one of the most radical shifts we’ve seen in generations. How we dress — and how our dress both reflects our values and affects the economy — has also begun to change, as we continue to mask up and tend toward a more protected lifestyle.

Interestingly, this metamorphosis sparked by a pandemic was always the norm for those who live an Islamic lifestyle, sometimes referred to as the “modest lifestyle”. Muslims, who have a collective spending power of about $2 trillion, are taught to embrace modesty with elegance as a form of dignified living.

Read the full New York Times essay here.

How do we design a digital future that improves out lives post-Covid?


SOME digital habits persisted even after Covid-19 lockdowns began to lift this year.

But how can we design a digital future that improves our lives post-pandemic?

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Some good can come from pandemic lockdowns — just ask Isaac Newton


For some stranded away from home, the seemingly endless months of the pandemic became a kind of sabbatical.

But can good come from the coronavirus pandemic?

Read more here as this New York Times essay ponders that question.

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