Emmanuel Macron’s Campaign to Stifle Debate in France

Jun 12, 2020

On May 25, hours before George Floyd was killed in the US for all the world to watch, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner reacted to the public accusation by a celebrity that the French police were racist and capable of brutality in the execution of their duties.  Hospitals...

What Modern-Day Demagogues Stole from Ancient Greece

Dec 02, 2018

Is to be believed better than to reason well? It is an age-old tradition to thank the Greeks for bequeathing to us the norms of science, philosophy and democracy. And yet these unfathomably broad concepts, surely too fundamental to be assigned to any one civilization, fail to capture the...

“Arab NATO” Still Not Ready for Prime Time

Aug 02, 2018

Since when has a religious security alliance ever achieved peace and understanding in this or any other part of the world? The Trump administration has resurrected the notion of forming an “Arab NATO,” the principal missions of which would be to confront a resurgent Iran and to relieve the...

Jordan’s Fragile Stability Is under Threat

Jul 09, 2018

The West needs to understand the present connection between Jordan’s economy and its politics. Since 2011, Jordan has been facing a wide range of pressures — political, economic, demographic, security and military — due mainly to the continuing anarchy in neighboring Iraq and Syria that...

Honor is the New Black

Oct 31, 2017

In Jordan, the state puts women who are at risk of honor crimes into “protective custody,” which often means prison without charge. As per the BBC, an honor killing is “the murder of a person accused of bringing shame upon his or her family.” The act occurs worldwide but is particularly...

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