The Mount of Autocrats

Jul 10, 2020

Donald Trump would dearly like to add his face to Mount Rushmore as the fifth presidential musketeer. His fireworks-and-fury extravaganza on July 3 was the next best thing. Trump’s dystopian speech was almost beside the point. Much more important was the photo op of his smirking face next to...

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face
Jul 09, 2020

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence
Jul 08, 2020

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

Black Lives Matter Shines the Spotlight on the Shadow of Slavery
Jun 30, 2020

Black Lives Matter Shines the Spotlight on the Shadow of Slavery

Is This How the American Century Ends?

Is This How the American Century Ends?

Jun 18, 2020

Let me rant for a moment. I don’t do it often, maybe ever. I’m not Donald Trump. Though I’m only two years older than him, I don’t even know how to tweet and that tells you everything you really need to know about Tom Engelhardt in a world clearly passing me by. Still, after years in which...

Can Volodymyr Zelensky Bring Peace to Eastern Ukraine?

Can Volodymyr Zelensky Bring Peace to Eastern Ukraine?

Jun 18, 2020

Six years ago, a political crisis in Ukraine turned into an armed confrontation. Separatists came to power in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine, declared their unwillingness to forge closer ties with the European Union and proclaimed the independence of these territories. In April...

The Establishment Turns on Trump

The Establishment Turns on Trump

Jun 12, 2020

A child exposing the nakedness of the emperor by speaking truth to power? Not these days. More than half of the United States — not just liberals and the left but also the mainstream media and some Republicans — has been shouting at Emperor Trump for months on end that he has no clothes. These...

Is Antifa the Answer to Today’s Fascism?

Is Antifa the Answer to Today’s Fascism?

Jun 10, 2020

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic and antiracist protests, US President Donald Trump, whom scholars and journalists alike are finally coming around to openly discuss as fascist, declared that the United States “will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.” Trump blamed...

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Jun 10, 2020

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is grappling with COVID-19, an unresolved war in Yemen and collapsed oil prices. At the same time, recurrent purges of opponents of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) are harming the country’s foreign investment climate. Within this context, the ambitious Vision...

Could a Chinese Brand Become the Next Nike?

Could a Chinese Brand Become the Next Nike?

Jun 07, 2020

Anta, the leading Chinese sportswear brand, is determined to make itself as well-known and trendy around the world as Adidas and Nike. With it being named an official sponsor of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and with Chinese President Xi Jinping having been seen wearing the brand, it might be a...

Ideal Science for an Ideal Reader

Ideal Science for an Ideal Reader

Jun 06, 2020

What is science doing next to news, anyway? Is “science” whatever a scientist says? Is it just another buzzword politicians use to mask their motives? “News” comes from “new,” just like “information” comes from “inform,” both terms over 500 years old. In print, news usually...

The Deadly Disorder Behind COVID-19 and Police Violence

The Deadly Disorder Behind COVID-19 and Police Violence

Jun 03, 2020

It was 1963 when the governor of Alabama, George Wallace, proclaimed, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever … the name of the greatest people that ever trod this earth,” referring to people with Western European ethnic ancestry. This and the ensuing pro-segregation...

Can the US Help Central Asia Reclaim the Silk Road?

Can the US Help Central Asia Reclaim the Silk Road?

Jun 03, 2020

Everyone likes a snappy pop-cultural title with which to approach international politics and strategy because it makes relatable what is often viewed as an opaque process of the elites. Rudyard Kipling’s “Great Game” was a chessboard and originally referred to the various schemes and...

Is It Time to Boycott the United States?

Is It Time to Boycott the United States?

May 29, 2020

In his infinite ignorance, Donald Trump has invited world leaders to the White House for a face-to-face meeting at the end of June. Unlike the other countries in the G7, the United States has yet to get the coronavirus pandemic under control. One of the hotspots that the White House...

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