Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

Sep 18, 2020

It is a recent tradition among occupants of the White House, as they head out of office, to play a few practical jokes on their successors. The Clinton administration jesters, for instance, removed all the Ws from White House keyboards before handing over the keys to George W. Bush’s transition...

Donald Trump: A President Against His People
Sep 14, 2020

Donald Trump: A President Against His People

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform
Sep 11, 2020

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

Donald Trump’s War With the Troops
Sep 11, 2020

Donald Trump’s War With the Troops

Alternate Reality Is All the Rage in Election Time America

Alternate Reality Is All the Rage in Election Time America

Sep 08, 2020

It should be obvious by now that “reality” has Americans very confused. This is nothing new. This happened when the word “reality” somehow became a synonym for fantasy, delusion, illusion and fake. I am not sure when this happened in the American lexicon, but I am sure that there...

Deconstructing the Powerful and Persistent Russiagate Meme

Deconstructing the Powerful and Persistent Russiagate Meme

Sep 08, 2020

The frontier between legitimate political analysis and fake news in the US has never been easy to draw. Politicians and polemicists have attempted to impose the idea that only established corporate networks can be trusted to steer clear of fake news. Content on topics they consciously neglect to...

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

Sep 07, 2020

It might come as a surprise that the Gulf states have more than a passing interest in events in Belarus. Beyond growing economic ties, the political drama provides valuable lessons for the region’s monarchies and their efforts to maintain standards of living for their citizens without...

The UAE and Israel: Not So Big a Deal

The UAE and Israel: Not So Big a Deal

Sep 07, 2020

The Abraham Accord is a grand title well in keeping with the Trump presidency’s taste for overstatement and misdirection. But the expectation that other Arab states would fall into line with the United Arab Emirates and quickly normalize relations with Israel has fallen well short of the mark....

The Next President Needs to Learn From Past Mistakes

The Next President Needs to Learn From Past Mistakes

Sep 04, 2020

Thirteen years ago, in summer 2007, I wrote a memo for the future president of the United States. The one who would take office in 2020. At the time, I had no idea who would win the 2008 presidential election, much less an election in the distant future. In summer 2007, Hillary Clinton was the...

Russia’s Denials of Navalny’s Poisoning Fall on Deaf Ears

Russia’s Denials of Navalny’s Poisoning Fall on Deaf Ears

Aug 28, 2020

The Russian government has said it will not investigate the poisoning of the opposition politician and anti-corruption investigator Alexei Navalny until there is evidence of a crime. Navalny, who is 44, collapsed during a flight to Moscow after drinking a cup of tea at Tomsk airport on August 20....

Does Joe Biden’s Transition to the Center Have Any Meaning Today?

Does Joe Biden’s Transition to the Center Have Any Meaning Today?

Aug 26, 2020

The New Yorker features a lengthy biographical portrait of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden written by Evan Osnos. Clearly recognizing Biden’s positioning on the electoral spectrum, the title of the article takes the form of a question: “Can Biden’s Center Hold?” Though it...

Donald Trump and the “Kung Flu”

Donald Trump and the “Kung Flu”

Aug 25, 2020

Over the course of his 2016 campaign and his subsequent presidential term, Donald Trump has sought to exploit popular fears of foreigners and certain American ethnicities to his political advantage. His verbal attacks have been selective. Irish, Italian and Polish Americans, for example, have...

Joe Biden and the Fragile Realm of Possibilities

Joe Biden and the Fragile Realm of Possibilities

Aug 24, 2020

Almost every commentator in the media commended Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. At the core of his speech, Biden offered this thought, as if he was composing a humorless Devil’s Dictionary: “I have always believed you...

A Tale of Two Democratic Women

A Tale of Two Democratic Women

Aug 19, 2020

Michelle Obama’s husband, Barack, was president of the United States for eight years. In the eyes of many Americans and certainly the media, Michelle has aspired to and achieved a status of moralist-in-chief of the nation. Having focused on issues such as healthy eating habits to combat obesity...

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