Facebook’s Flawed Business Model for Free Expression

Oct 23, 2019

Though under increasing pressure from critics in Washington and direct threats from some presidential candidates intent on breaking up his monopoly, Mark Zuckerberg has the support of at least two prominent politicians. According to Bloomberg, the CEO and chairman of Facebook is “quietly”...

Hillary Clinton’s Imaginary Russian Assets
Oct 21, 2019

Hillary Clinton’s Imaginary Russian Assets

Joe Biden Goes Double Negative
Oct 18, 2019

Joe Biden Goes Double Negative

It’s Time to Bury the Myth of Trump the Dealmaker
Oct 18, 2019

It's Time to Bury the Myth of Trump the Dealmaker

Narendra Modi Has No Business Campaigning for Trump

Narendra Modi Has No Business Campaigning for Trump

Oct 10, 2019

On September 22, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a rally in Houston, Texas, amidst a thunderous welcome from 50,000 Indian Americans chanting “Howdy, Modi!” He appeared on stage along with the US president, Donald Trump, who was introduced by Modi as “my friend, a friend of...

Evo Morales Is Poised to Cling to Power in Bolivia’s Upcoming Election

Evo Morales Is Poised to Cling to Power in Bolivia’s Upcoming Election

Oct 08, 2019

Bolivia serves as a reminder that, all too often, democracies are only as strong as their weakest institution. A lack of judicial independence means that President Evo Morales looks set to win a fourth term in office, reigniting Latin America’s longstanding debate on term limits and the...

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Short-Lived Mandate Reveals a Historical Shift

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Short-Lived Mandate Reveals a Historical Shift

Sep 30, 2019

On September 26, The Jerusalem Post announced that, even after his widely reported defeat in the latest round of Israeli elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to return to power, at least temporarily. In an article with the title, “Reuven Rivlin Gives Netanyahu Mandate to...

Is Trump’s Impeachment Bound to Backfire?

Is Trump’s Impeachment Bound to Backfire?

Sep 27, 2019

After months of grappling with the issue of whether US President Donald Trump should be impeached, on September 24, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi formally launched an impeachment inquiry. Pelosi had stayed clear of impeachment talks even after earlier this March Special Counsel Robert Mueller...

Is Trump’s Impeachment a Political Trap?

Is Trump's Impeachment a Political Trap?

Sep 27, 2019

A month after he won the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump gave a speech in North Carolina where he declared that “we will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with.”  It’s still commonplace for foreign policy...

Without Free and Fair Elections, Afghanistan’s Economy Will Not Recover

Without Free and Fair Elections, Afghanistan’s Economy Will Not Recover

Sep 25, 2019

Afghanistan’s presidential election, scheduled for September 28, will hopefully bring the 9.6 million registered voters to the polling stations, 35% of them women. The election is essentially a rematch between the current president, Ashraf Ghani, and his chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, plus...

Centrist Democrats Fear a Showdown on Impeachment

Centrist Democrats Fear a Showdown on Impeachment

Sep 18, 2019

As the Democrats cheer themselves on for their noble combat against US President Donald Trump and appear to believe, unanimously, that their sacred mission consists of nothing other than removing him from office and restoring the natural order of a system that works best when presidents don’t...

The Weaponizing of the American Language

The Weaponizing of the American Language

Sep 13, 2019

The crisis of civilization that now affects the United States has little to do with the largely abstract public debate about capitalism vs socialism or big government vs individual freedom, and even less to do with the traditional (but largely illusory) war between Democrats and Republicans. The...

These Are Hard Times for US-German Relations

These Are Hard Times for US-German Relations

Sep 13, 2019

A few decades ago, Oskar Lafontaine, a leading German Social Democrat, published a book with the somewhat unsettling, if not apparently outright weird, title: “Fear of Friends” (“Angst vor den Freunden”). The year was 1983, and the occasion the impending deployment of American...

Can Benjamin Netanyahu Be Defeated?

Can Benjamin Netanyahu Be Defeated?

Sep 09, 2019

There is barely a week left until the most fateful elections in Israeli history. Will we continue down the road toward joining the troubled illiberal democracies that are proliferating around the world, like Viktor Orban’s Hungary, Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil, Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines,...

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