Is the Phrase “Moral Authority” an Oxymoron in the World of Politics?

Sep 20, 2019

When John Bolton resigned (or was fired) a little over a week ago, the media in the US lost a recognizable, well-branded, political and ideological mustache. President Donald Trump has now replaced his media-friendly, saber-rattling, “give me war or give me death (i.e., fire me)” national...

Our Personal Styles of Information Gathering
Sep 20, 2019

Our Personal Styles of Information Gathering

Bolton Is Gone, But Not the Threat of War
Sep 20, 2019

Bolton Is Gone, But Not the Threat of War

Is the EU Alone Enough to Save the Iran Deal?
Sep 19, 2019

Is the EU Alone Enough to Save the Iran Deal?

The Ongoing Quest to Understand the Saudi Role in 9/11

The Ongoing Quest to Understand the Saudi Role in 9/11

Sep 19, 2019

Ever since that fatal morning in 2001, the families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks have been seeking to understand the level of complicity of the Saudi government in the funding, logistics and execution of the attacks. While the identities of two Saudis, whose names were redacted in the...

Hong Kong and China: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Hong Kong and China: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Another Middle East War Is Internationalized

Another Middle East War Is Internationalized

Sep 18, 2019

“If we don’t go to the Middle East, the Middle East will come to us.” That prophetic comment was once shared with me by an American general defending US policy — now questioned by many in the country, including President Donald Trump — to remain actively engaged actively in the Middle...

Centrist Democrats Fear a Showdown on Impeachment

Centrist Democrats Fear a Showdown on Impeachment

Sep 18, 2019

As the Democrats cheer themselves on for their noble combat against US President Donald Trump and appear to believe, unanimously, that their sacred mission consists of nothing other than removing him from office and restoring the natural order of a system that works best when presidents don’t...

Why Kangana Ranaut Is No Longer the “Empowered” Woman India Needs

Why Kangana Ranaut Is No Longer the “Empowered” Woman India Needs

Sep 18, 2019

Beware of who you follow, my mother always said, because not everyone has your best interests in mind. I must have forgotten this advice those couple of years when I considered Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut to be a female empowerment idol in India. Anyone who follows Bollywood is aware of the...

Eco-Nationalism: The Nature Within Our Borders

Eco-Nationalism: The Nature Within Our Borders

Sep 18, 2019

The ongoing fires wreaking havoc in the Amazon appear as a painful reminder of the radical right’s negligence of the natural environment, given the incompetency of Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, and his administration. Although Bolsonaro blaming NGOs for the rainforest fires seems...

Iran’s Destabilizing Agenda in North Africa

Iran’s Destabilizing Agenda in North Africa

Sep 18, 2019

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy is largely based on its revolutionary anti-Western rhetoric and hostility toward the US and some of Washington’s close allies in the Middle East. Since 1979, Tehran has relied on local proxies in the region, such as Lebanese Hezbollah, as well as a...

Can Art Change the World?

Can Art Change the World?

Sep 17, 2019

Miniature painting is a genre in Persian and Indian art that has survived the passage of time. Indo-Persian miniature painting, a common heritage of the two nations, was originally an artwork adorning text that reached its climax of glory during the 15th and 16th centuries. Miniature paintings...

Art in Pictures

Art in Pictures

Sep 17, 2019

Mia Khalifa Speaks Out on the Porn Industry

Mia Khalifa Speaks Out on the Porn Industry

Sep 17, 2019

Mia Khalifa, a Lebanese-American former adult actress, speaks to the BBC’s Stephen Sackur about what led her into the porn industry.

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