The Wrong Attorney General at the Wrong Time

November 16, 2021

It is way beyond time to wonder how Donald Trump, most of his close associates and some members of his immediate family are still breathing the heady air of freedom from criminal indictment. America and the world have watched one of the world’s preeminent grifters lie, cheat and steal in plain...

Saving Democracy by Destroying It

August 27, 2021

Arizona’s Maricopa County is ground zero in the continuing debate over election integrity in the United States. The so-called audit of the 2.1 million votes cast in that county in last year’s presidential election — by the almost comically inept firm Cyber Ninjas — was supposed to arrive...

Does the Future Belong to the Taliban?

August 20, 2021

It’s as if a sudden natural disaster has just struck Afghanistan. The scenes from the capital Kabul reflect the kind of panic that comes when a Category 5 hurricane makes landfall, when the waters rise and the levees are breached, when a forest fire jumps over a fuel break to spread out of...

Beating Back the Far Right

February 15, 2021

After four years of shock, confusion and paralysis, the United States is finally taking action against the far right. Perhaps most dramatic has been the de-platforming of Donald Trump: the suspension of his Twitter and Facebook accounts and the targeting of his prominent followers across social...

Will American Democracy Perish Like Rome’s?

January 28, 2021

A recent The Economist cover pictured the 46th US President Joe Biden in front of the White House with a cleaning mop. The lead, “Morning after in America,” projects that “The outlook for America looks grim, but that could quickly change.” The venerable publication proclaimed from its...

Of Hobbits and Tigers: The Unlikely Heroes of Italy’s Radical Right

December 23, 2020

June 23, 1980: After the assassination of magistrate Mario Amato by Italian right-wing terrorists, an anonymous group published a leaflet endorsing the murder: “To the members of the ‘Great Fascist Organizations’ we say: Fuck off, you never achieved anything and never will; … you are...

The Bolsonaro Family’s Downward Spiral of Corruption

November 11, 2020

The Bolsonaro family suffered a severe blow in the first week of November. It was not Donald Trump’s loss in the US election, given that the businessman is the benchmark by which Jair Bolsonaro tries to model his presidency in Brazil. On November 3, the public prosecutor of Rio de Janeiro has...

Held Together With String, Can America Hold?

November 02, 2020

In December 2007, Mwai Kibaki beat Raila Odinga in the Kenyan general election and all hell broke loose. Odinga’s supporters took to the streets, alleging Kibaki had “stolen” the election. Police fired on demonstrators and some died. In retaliation, the targeted ethnic cleansing of Kikuyus,...

The Skies of Post-COVID Education Are Darkening

September 14, 2020

In an article on Al Jazeera published on September 1, Kathleen Siddell, a freelance writer and former teacher who lives in Southern California, made a compelling case concerning the question that many parents on the West Coast (and elsewhere) were concerned about at that moment of history. She...

US Oligarchs Are Literally Bubbling With Emotion

August 21, 2020

Having done the accounting on the wealth of the 12 richest Americans, MarketWatch’s editor, Shawn Langlois, points to what he sees as “a disturbing milestone.” Led by Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, the economic and political clout of what Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy...

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