US Militarism’s Toxic Impact on Climate Policy

September 23, 2021

US President Joe Biden addressed the UN General Assembly on September 21 with a warning that the climate crisis is fast approaching a “point of no return.” He promised that the United States would rally the world to action. “We will lead not just with the example of our power but, God...

For Saudi Arabia, Iran Looms, Israel Beckons and the Taliban Cause Goosebumps

August 26, 2021

Prince Khalid bin Salman may not have planned it that way, but the timing of his trip to Moscow last week and message to Washington resounded loud and clear. By not postponing the visit, the Saudi deputy defense minister signaled that he was trying to hedge his kingdom’s bets by signing a...

Amid Normalization With Israel, Sudan’s Future Hangs in the Balance

October 26, 2020

On October 23, the Trump administration announced the agreement between Israel and Sudan to normalize relations. Ordinarily, such an agreement would be good for both countries. But for Sudan, still struggling with imposing democratic norms after decades of brutal dictatorship, it could come at a...

East Africa Faces a Cascade of Crises

June 04, 2020

In East Africa, particularly in the Horn of Africa, several crises are currently overlapping. For some time now, climate events such as droughts have been creating major food supply bottlenecks in addition to fueling conflict and war. These issues are being exacerbated by a locust swarm that...

A Kenyan Journey Through Slums to Posh Places

December 23, 2019

My Kenyan friends have long asked me to write on their country. After much hesitation, I am penning my impressions. At the outset, readers must know that I am no expert on Kenya. So, they must take everything I write with a fistful if not a pinch of salt. The most striking impression I have of...

Africa’s Long Road to Democracy

July 18, 2019

The violation of human rights across the African continent began as a struggle for self-rule in the mid-20th century. Except for Liberia, which European countries assumed was an American colony, and Ethiopia, which was never colonized due to Haile Selassie’s resistance to Italian invasion,...

Smoking Isn’t Just Bad for You — It’s Devastating the Environment

October 30, 2018

The tobacco industry’s carbon footprint is greater than that of entire countries, such as Israel or Peru. Tobacco’s disastrous effects on human health have been clear for decades, despite industry giants trying to hide the evidence linking cigarette smoke and disease for as long as...

America: A Third World Country without Malaria

October 09, 2018

Avaricious elites, their self-serving courtiers and entrenched interest groups have ripped up the social contract in America, making lives of millions worse. Three years ago, Pablo Pardo of El Mundo remarked to this author that he found America fascinating. The reason he gave was revealing. He...

Commonwealth Could Be Britain’s Post-Brexit Break

May 28, 2018

Taking on the leadership of the Commonwealth is a boost for the country embattled in precarious Brexit negotiations and trying to reimagine its place in the world. In April, Britain hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which was billed as the largest gathering of heads of states...

What Africa Has to Offer

April 30, 2018

With urbanization projects throughout Africa, the development of infrastructure is often incompatible with the needs of the people. The marginalization that Black Panther — the film adaptation of the Marvel comic — decries of black inner cities in the US is about to be recreated in Africa....

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