Donald Trump’s Treason Against the American People

Nov 23, 2020

Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election. He not only lost, he lost bigly, at least in terms of the popular vote, despite record numbers of voters turning out for him, wishing for four more years. Trump’s response has been entirely predictable. Like the proverbial spoilt child in the...

25 Years On, The Dayton Peace Agreement Is a Ticking Time Bomb
Nov 20, 2020

25 Years On, The Dayton Peace Agreement Is a Ticking Time Bomb

Cautiously Optimistic: The Biden Administration’s Options in Yemen
Nov 16, 2020

Cautiously Optimistic: The Biden Administration’s Options in Yemen

Why Does God Allow Miscarriage?
Nov 13, 2020

Why Does God Allow Miscarriage?

Welcome Back, America?

Welcome Back, America?

Nov 13, 2020

America may well be divided about Donald Trump, but the rest of the world isn’t. The soon-to-be-former president has gotten high marks in the Philippines and Israel, a passing grade in a couple of African countries and India, and dismal reviews pretty much everywhere else. US allies in...

America in the Mid-70s and 2020

America in the Mid-70s and 2020

Nov 02, 2020

It was summer almost half a century ago when I got into that Volkswagen van and began my trip across America with Peter, a photographer friend. I was officially doing so as a reporter for a small San Francisco news service, having been sent out to tap the mood of the nation in a politically...

Will Donald Trump’s Bad Deals Cost Him the Election?

Will Donald Trump’s Bad Deals Cost Him the Election?

Nov 02, 2020

Abraham Lincoln is generally credited with a famous adage that you can fool all the people part of the time, or you can fool some people all the time, but you cannot fool all people all the time. Until today, it is unclear whether or not Lincoln ever uttered the phrase. In the end, it is...

Working-Class America Needs Real Change, Not Slogans

Working-Class America Needs Real Change, Not Slogans

Oct 29, 2020

In August, Joe Biden addressed the Democratic National Convention as he accepted his party’s nomination to run for president. During his speech, Biden framed the election on November 3 as a battle for the “soul of America.” The former vice president depicted the urgency of the moment as...

Macron Claims Islam Is in “Crisis.” Erdogan Disagrees

Macron Claims Islam Is in “Crisis.” Erdogan Disagrees

Oct 27, 2020

In France, Samuel Paty was beheaded on October 16 near Paris. He was a history teacher who had shown caricatures of Prophet Muhammad to his students in a lesson on freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. Paty’s killer, Abdullakh Anzorov, is an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. He arrived in...

David Gelernter: The Making of a Trumpista

David Gelernter: The Making of a Trumpista

Oct 16, 2020

After four years of the Trump presidency, it is still not entirely clear why a substantial number of voters in 2016 cast their ballots for a candidate who made it glaringly obvious that he lacked many of the most basic character traits needed to qualify for America’s highest political office. At...

The Rise and Fall of US Democracy

The Rise and Fall of US Democracy

Oct 14, 2020

A functioning democracy requires an educated, informed population that understands its role in the processes that define how the democratic nation is governed. Ordinary citizens have two opportunities for actively participating in those processes. They can run for office or help those who are...

America’s Maestro of Death and Destruction

America’s Maestro of Death and Destruction

Oct 12, 2020

Yes, when he was running for president, he did indeed say: "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK? It's, like, incredible." Then he won — and on November 3 (or thereafter), whether he wins or loses, we’re likely to find out...

A New Direction for Nukes and North Korea

A New Direction for Nukes and North Korea

Oct 09, 2020

North Korea’s acquisition of nuclear weapons has changed the nuclear balance in Northeast Asia. But it hasn’t altered the way politicians and diplomats approach the question of arms control and disarmament in the region. The debate among influencers continues to revolve around two versions of...

How the US Can Win Back Clout in Syria

How the US Can Win Back Clout in Syria

Oct 06, 2020

The humanitarian crisis in northeastern Syria is well documented. Nonetheless, despite the devastation that has occurred and the likely peril that is soon to come, pleas from aid groups, journalists and refugees have not been enough to move policymakers to take action. One reason for this is that...

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