When God Hates America

Sep 25, 2020

Anyone familiar with the ritual called the State of the Union is also familiar with the fact it invariably ends with the exhortation “God bless America.” Few are probably aware of the fact that the first president to utter it was none other than Richard Nixon, who “dropped the phrase during...

Kashmir’s History and Future Meet in Literature
Sep 24, 2020

Kashmir’s History and Future Meet in Literature

The NY Times: Liberal or Neoliberal?
Sep 17, 2020

The NY Times: Liberal or Neoliberal?

Racism Is in Bollywood’s DNA
Sep 16, 2020

Racism Is in Bollywood's DNA

The Skies of Post-COVID Education Are Darkening

The Skies of Post-COVID Education Are Darkening

Sep 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...

America’s Parallel Realities: Are We All in the Wrong Movie?

America's Parallel Realities: Are We All in the Wrong Movie?

Sep 10, 2020

In the early 1960s, one of the most popular series on American television was “The Twilight Zone.” This was a time when television, even in the United States, was still in black and white. Most of the show’s episodes were riveting, poignant and, in a number of cases, scary as hell —...

The Kardashians Changed Everything

The Kardashians Changed Everything

Sep 09, 2020

They say money makes the world go round, but Kim Kardashian West surely chooses its direction. She seems to be able to do pretty much anything. Over the past 14 years, since the launch of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” Kim and her family have become some of the most influential people in...

Tekashi 6ix9ine and the American Way

Tekashi 6ix9ine and the American Way

Sep 09, 2020

A New York Times interview with controversial rapper and ex-convict Tekashi 6ix9ine offers a rich catalog of the curious values that characterize contemporary US culture. What emerges from the feature is a series of reflections by both the interviewer and the interviewee on some of the driving...

In Defense of Novak Djokovic

In Defense of Novak Djokovic

Sep 08, 2020

The disqualification of Novak Djokovic from the US Open on September 6 is one of the most talked-about events in tennis. However, the framing and conversation around it have at times been inaccurate, confusing and hypocritical. In part, this is due to the speed at which the developments unfolded,...

Education’s Harsh Law of Classroom Supplies and Demand

Education’s Harsh Law of Classroom Supplies and Demand

Sep 02, 2020

Every good citizen should understand that education is the bedrock of civilization. At the very least, it keeps the children occupied while their parents are outside earning a living. Politicians claim that education is a top priority. But when cornered, they usually admit that budgeting education...

Xi Jinping’s Tibetan Summer of Love

Xi Jinping’s Tibetan Summer of Love

Sep 01, 2020

As reported by Al Jazeera, China’s President Xi Jinping is seeking to realize the traditional Chinese ideal of harmony within the borders of Tibet. He has a threefold goal: Xi wants to “build an ‘impregnable fortress’ to maintain stability in Tibet, protect national unity and educate the...

Jerry Falwell Jr. and the Misery of American Evangelicals

Jerry Falwell Jr. and the Misery of American Evangelicals

Aug 28, 2020

It could not have come at a worse time. President Donald Trump has promoted himself as the ultimate protector of American Christianity — against the subversive invasion of Muslims, against the equally subversive threat of atheism, against the destructive forces of secularism. According to recent...

Three Years On, Still No Accountability for Our Son’s Death

Three Years On, Still No Accountability for Our Son's Death

Aug 26, 2020

Three years ago today, we suffered the most painful experience a family can endure. Our son Christopher Allen was murdered on the other side of the world, reporting on the civil conflict in South Sudan. A freelance journalist and dual US-UK citizen, Chris was only 26 years old and had a bright...

Monetizing Children’s Brains Means the End of Our Species

Monetizing Children’s Brains Means the End of Our Species

Aug 24, 2020

Fair Observer’s Atul Singh told me of his own friend, Pankaj, a father of three daughters. Pankaj was concerned that his daughters have been subjected to around three to seven hours a day of online classes, and he felt it was deeply wrong. I was invited by Fair Observer to write an article...

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