Rivers of Dust: The Future of Water and the Middle East

Aug 23, 2019

It is written that “Enannatum, ruler of Lagash,” slew “60 soldiers” from Umma. The battle between the two ancient city-states took place 4,500 years ago near where the great Tigris and Euphrates rivers come together in what is today Iraq. The matter in dispute? Water. More than four...

The NY Times Shames “Peacenik” Tulsi Gabbard
Aug 23, 2019

The NY Times Shames “Peacenik” Tulsi Gabbard

Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered
Aug 22, 2019

Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered

Is America Really the “Land of the Free”?
Aug 22, 2019

Is America Really the “Land of the Free”?

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria

Aug 22, 2019

Over the last few weeks, the northwestern area of Idlib province in Syria has come under constant bombardment from regime forces and its allies. With a disturbing civilian casualty count mounting and a nation in upheaval after years of civil war, waning global attention is causing concern that one...

The NRA Has Helped Trump to Believe

The NRA Has Helped Trump to Believe

Aug 22, 2019

After the mass killings that took place within 24 hours of each other in El Paso and Dayton, the political class and US media honored their longstanding ritual of debating the causes and possible solutions to reduce the damage of gun culture before resolving to get back to business and wait for...

Are Electric Vehicles About to Take Off in India?

Are Electric Vehicles About to Take Off in India?

Aug 21, 2019

In April, Reuters reported that automakers are investing heavily in electric vehicles despite still-low demand. They are releasing “a flurry of new electric vehicle models” because governments are raising regulatory requirements for emissions around the world. Automakers are being pushed into...

The Mooch Is Throwing Punches at Trump

The Mooch Is Throwing Punches at Trump

Aug 21, 2019

Anthony Scaramucci famously played a comic role in the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency in a scene that had him enter stage right and exit stage left in record time. There have been many actors for secondary roles in the White House who have done the same thing, but none could equal...

The Modern Racism of the Post-Soviet States

The Modern Racism of the Post-Soviet States

Aug 21, 2019

It should be recognized that there is a significant difference between European and post-Soviet right-wing radicalism. The difference between these two strands of radicalism is that the post-Soviet radicals are a large systemic element in the political structure in many countries of the former...

The Legality of Jammu and Kashmir’s Special Status

The Legality of Jammu and Kashmir’s Special Status

Aug 20, 2019

In India, the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party has abrogated the special status for Jammu and Kashmir through a presidential order. Though the decision has been hailed nationwide as a step toward full integration of the state with the rest of India, it has been challenged in the Supreme Court for...

Why Is Netanyahu Afraid of Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar?

Why Is Netanyahu Afraid of Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar?

Aug 20, 2019

At first, I didn’t believe it when someone said last week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had backtracked on his agreement to let US Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories. After all, they are members of Congress and the...

Is Mexico’s Political Culture Undergoing a Paradigm Shift?

Is Mexico’s Political Culture Undergoing a Paradigm Shift?

Aug 20, 2019

Mexico’s economy has for at least a century functioned according to the mordida system, often described simply as “the way of getting things done.” The word “mordida” literally means “bite,” but as part of a functioning system, it simply means “bribe.” In some ways, it’s closer...

Fighting for Legitimacy: The Dueling Sovereignties in Southern Yemen

Fighting for Legitimacy: The Dueling Sovereignties in Southern Yemen

Aug 20, 2019

Recent clashes in Aden lay bare the untenable sociopolitical status quo in southern Yemen. Weeks of attacks and conspiracies reveal a strained Saudi-Emirati alliance and unaddressed southern Yemeni grievances. A tenuous partnership between forces of the Saudi-backed, internationally-recognized...

Kashmir Reaches a New and Dangerous Level

Kashmir Reaches a New and Dangerous Level

Aug 19, 2019

In a regional environment where the slightest miscalculated move on one side can trigger an equally miscalculated reaction from the other, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s actions on August 5 over Jammu and Kashmir are simply bizarre. Article 370 of the Indian Constitution had...

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