The CIA Brings Havana to Ukraine

November 30, 2021

As The New York Times leads the way by favoring illusions that rely on accusing others of crafting illusions, The Washington Post innovates with its own version of the game. In an article titled “CIA director warns Russian spies of ‘consequences’ if they are behind ‘Havana Syndrome’...

What No One Wants to Hear About Growth

November 25, 2021

Some 40 years ago, the Club of Rome published a study with what at the time was a relatively provocative title, “The Limits to Growth.” The book appeared at a time of rising environmental consciousness and growing uneasiness with respect to the state of the planet. Throughout the advanced...

The Permanent State of Emergency in Egypt

November 11, 2021

On October 25, in an unexpected move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi chose not to extend the nationwide state of emergency that was imposed in April 2017, after the bombing of two churches in Tanta and Alexandria. The suspension of the state of emergency was hailed by...

America Is a Poor Example of Democracy

November 05, 2021

In 988, Prince Vladimir was undecided about which of the three great monotheistic religions to bring to his Russian realm. He sent envoys to the lands of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The envoys returned with stories of the three faiths. According to legend, Vladimir rejected Judaism and...

Don’t Expect a Smoking Gun in the JFK Assassination Saga

November 01, 2021

After last week’s stonewalling concerning the still unreleased archives, Politico’s Bryan Bender has come to the Biden administration’s defense. He reminds his readers that a special House committee in 1978 concluded “that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of...

The US Senate, the Filibuster and the 50-State Solution

October 26, 2021

Democracy seems to be in the eye of the beholder. There are not many places where a country's leadership stands up and shouts to the world that the country is a repressive dictatorship in which the rights of man are routinely trampled for the benefit of the few. Will Joe Manchin Remain a...

The New York Times’ Laughable Lack of Irony

October 15, 2021

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary belongs to the category we might call ironic journalism. It is dedicated to unearthing the subtleties of language used by officials and public personalities as well as the media outlets that report on their sayings and doings. Irony is an effect of language that...

Lessons From 50 Years of Covering Foreign Policy

September 28, 2021

For over 50 years, I have been writing about foreign policy — mostly America’s but those of other nations as well. I think I have a pretty good grasp of places like Turkey, China, India, Russia and the European Union. I regret that I am less than sure-footed in Africa and Latin...

Surprise, the Havana Syndrome Is Back in the News

September 27, 2021

Last week in this column we highlighted the fact that the mysterious phenomenon known as the Havana syndrome has become a regular feature of respectable media in the US. The variable set of reported symptoms, ranging from noises and headaches to alleged brain damage, has confirmed its status as a...

The West Struggles to Understand China’s Common Prosperity

September 24, 2021

For most of the 20th century, Westerners had one word to sum up any thoughts they may have had about China: inscrutable. Several decades of globalization have radically changed that perception. Fully integrated into the world economy, China plays a dominant role today and is expected to become the...

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