General Petraeus and the Question of Torture

September 15, 2021

The end of the US engagement in Afghanistan has produced a moment of reckoning for the nation. Everything to do with that war will inevitably be reviewed by commentators. Its origins in the 9/11 attacks of 2001 are already the focus of everyone’s attention. So is its crucial role as the intended...

How 9/11 and the War on Terror Shaped the World

September 08, 2021

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four planes and launched suicide attacks on iconic symbols of America, first striking the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and then the Pentagon. It would be the deadliest act of...

Stopping at Diego Garcia Raises Questions for Germany

August 25, 2021

The frigate Bayernset sail for the Indo-Pacific at the beginning of August, as a German contribution to upholding the "rules-based international order." Germany increasingly views the rules-based international order as under threat, not least through China's vast territorial claims, including...

The Spread of Global Hate

April 16, 2021

One insidious way to torture the detainees at Guantanamo Bay was to blast music at them at all hours. The mixtape, which included everything from Metallica to the Meow Mix jingle, was intended to disorient the captives and impress upon them the futility of resistance. It worked: This...

Joe Biden: An Oasis of Stasis in a Changing World

March 24, 2020

Amy Walter, writing for the Cook Political Report, has asked an important question in the title of her article: “Will Coronavirus Shake Up the Political Stasis?” She looks specifically at what the idea of stasis or change means for US President Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders Is Connecting...

Jamie Dimon’s Allergy to Vilification

November 14, 2019

The public must decide: Should billionaires be taxed out of existence, banished from the republic or forced to do the bidding of the poor one day in the year in a modern version of the medieval “Feast of Fools”? Put another way, the media have decided that the fisticuffs, in particular between...

The Caliphate of Trump

June 13, 2018

Try to imagine America as an extreme nation or even, to put it as extremely as possible, the ISIS of superpowers. They are the extremists. If you need proof, look no further than the Afghan capital, Kabul, where the latest wave of suicide bombings has proven devastating. Recently, for...

The Witches of Washington DC

March 22, 2018

It's ironic that the most powerful man on earth would protest that he's the subject of a "witch hunt," especially given his enthusiasm for bombing and torturing people. Five hundred years ago, a popular test to flush out witches was called “ordeal by water.” Dunk an alleged witch into a...

The Legacy of Otto Warmbier

July 06, 2017

How should the United States respond to the detention and subsequent death of an American student who visited North Korea? North Korea is not a tourist destination that I generally recommend for Americans. South Koreans have special reasons to visit the country — to see members of their...

The World This Week: Sultan Erdogan Tightens Grip on Turkey

April 23, 2017

In an age of strong men, the Turkish president has tightened his grip on a profoundly polarized country facing instability and crisis. Like many past weeks, this one was eventful. British Prime Minister Theresa May surprised everyone, including her cabinet, by calling a snap general election....

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