An Election Brings Abkhazia Back into Focus

Aug 23, 2019

The disputed existence of the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia has come into focus again in the context of the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Russia and Georgia and the August anniversary of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Abkhazia remains at the heart of discussions because...

The NY Times Shames “Peacenik” Tulsi Gabbard
Aug 23, 2019

The NY Times Shames “Peacenik” Tulsi Gabbard

The Party’s Over, But the Democrats Are Dying for a Last Drink
Aug 16, 2019

The Party’s Over, But the Democrats Are Dying for a Last Drink

A Corrupt Enterprise Won the Day
Aug 14, 2019

A Corrupt Enterprise Won the Day

American Liberals, Beware of Your Enchantment With Sweden

American Liberals, Beware of Your Enchantment With Sweden

Aug 02, 2019

For most Western Europeans, Sweden is nothing exceptional — a relatively small country, in terms of population, on the periphery of the continent. In the 1960s and 70s, Sweden was notorious for its sexual permissiveness. In Germany, for instance, in the 1970s, “erotic” movies had instant...

Johnson Can Bring the Country Down With Him in One Final Fail

Johnson Can Bring the Country Down With Him in One Final Fail

Jul 26, 2019

All eyes are focused these days on Boris Johnson, the new prime minister of the United Kingdom.  But that’s not the most important news this month out of Britain. The Labor Party has finally come around to opposing the country’s exit from the European Union, though it’s possibly a case of...

Democrats Remain Adrift Without a Vision or a Leader

Democrats Remain Adrift Without a Vision or a Leader

Jul 25, 2019

Trying to make sense of the US presidential election that is still well over a year away is a challenging task. So much makes no sense at all. The easiest example of this is trying to figure out why undereducated and underpaid rural white Americans flock to Trump, an overeducated yet ignorant...

Veterans Running for Office Need to Watch Their Language

Veterans Running for Office Need to Watch Their Language

Jul 24, 2019

A few weeks ago, one of the many campaign fundraising emails in my inbox caught my eye. This one was from Martha McSally, a retired Air Force colonel from Arizona whose work in Congress, especially on the issue of military sexual assault, I respect. In the middle of the email is a large button that...

Convictions Are Not Central to Boris Johnson’s Brand

Convictions Are Not Central to Boris Johnson’s Brand

Jul 23, 2019

The United Kingdom, or at least the majority of the 160,000 Conservative Party voters who preferred him to Jeremy Hunt, prepares to welcome Boris Johnson as its shiny new prime minister, ready to tackle Britain's monumental problems. Sarah Lyall in The New York Times reminds her Americans readers...

Donald Trump: The Biggest Coward of Them All

Donald Trump: The Biggest Coward of Them All

Jul 22, 2019

On Sunday, July 14, in a series of tweets, US President Donald Trump told four “Progressive Democrat Congresswomen” —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley and Rashida Tlaib — “to go back and fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”...

Africa’s Long Road to Democracy

Africa’s Long Road to Democracy

Jul 18, 2019

The violation of human rights across the African continent began as a struggle for self-rule in the mid-20th century. Except for Liberia, which European countries assumed was an American colony, and Ethiopia, which was never colonized due to Haile Selassie’s resistance to Italian invasion,...

Will Boris Johnson Be the New Face of Britain?

Will Boris Johnson Be the New Face of Britain?

Jul 17, 2019

Boris Johnson, the former UK foreign secretary who is expected to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, earned his right to reign over the presumably final act of Brexit by becoming a media superstar. Adept at multiple roles to keep his audience entertained, in a recent performance he even donned the...

Is Istanbul’s Vote the Start of a New Consensus Politics in Turkey?

Is Istanbul’s Vote the Start of a New Consensus Politics in Turkey?

Jul 16, 2019

Is this the beginning of the end of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or even the end of the beginning of the end, as Al-Monitor columnist Kadri Gursel has suggested? When the previously unbeatable president pushed for a re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election that his party’s candidate,...

Will AI Swing the 2020 Election?

Will AI Swing the 2020 Election?

Jun 21, 2019

Deepfake technology undermines any hope of once again conducting national conversations on the basis of observable reality. Imagine, on the day before the 2020 presidential election, that someone posts a video of the Democratic candidate talking before a group of donors. The candidate admits to...

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