Bollywood’s Soft Power Is Not Enough for the Oscars

Apr 20, 2021

In 2019, India produced over 1,800 movies, making it the world’s largest film industry in terms of numbers; this dwarfs the 792 produced in both the US and Canada combined. Bollywood, as Mumbai’s movie industry is known, distributes its films around the world and is particularly popular in...

Bill Gates, a Danger to Humanity
Apr 20, 2021

Bill Gates, a Danger to Humanity

Is the European Super League Such a Terrible Idea?
Apr 19, 2021

Is the European Super League Such a Terrible Idea?

Biden’s Policy Shift on Yemen Rings Alarm Bells in Riyadh
Apr 19, 2021

Biden’s Policy Shift on Yemen Rings Alarm Bells in Riyadh

Bill Gates and the Zero-Sum Vaccination Game

Bill Gates and the Zero-Sum Vaccination Game

Apr 19, 2021

The debate is raging once again about the true origin of COVID-19. Was it zoonotic, originating in a bat cave and then infecting exotic meat in Wuhan’s wet market as the majority of scientists claimed throughout 2020? At the approach of the November election, US President Donald Trump preferred...

Why Fame Can Be a Nightmare

Why Fame Can Be a Nightmare

Apr 16, 2021

Self-annihilation is a constituent part of many celebrity careers. While some actors or singers slide smoothly from one success to another, hardly pausing for the occasional misadventure, others are ruined, occasionally by others but much more usually by their own devices. Frankie Lymon’s...

The Spread of Global Hate

The Spread of Global Hate

Apr 16, 2021

One insidious way to torture the detainees at Guantanamo Bay was to blast music at them at all hours. The mixtape, which included everything from Metallica to the Meow Mix jingle, was intended to disorient the captives and impress upon them the futility of resistance. It worked: This...

What Led to Europe’s Vaccine Disaster?

What Led to Europe’s Vaccine Disaster?

Apr 15, 2021

In late December 2020, it was announced that Switzerland would start its COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Eligible persons were asked to make an appointment. Those of a particular age with certain health risks — such as diabetes, high blood pressure and allergies — were encouraged to...

The New York Times Predicts Our Future

The New York Times Predicts Our Future

Apr 15, 2021

The banner headline on the front page of Wednesday’s New York Times contained what can be interpreted as either a promise, a prophecy, a wild hope or a meaningless truism. It read: “Withdrawal of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Will End Longest American War.” The headline linked to an article...

Why Joe Biden Must Act on Myanmar

Why Joe Biden Must Act on Myanmar

Apr 14, 2021

Burma, as Myanmar was known then, won its independence from the British in 1948. Since then, bilateral relations between the US and Myanmar can at best be described as lackluster. They have lacked what experts would call “strategic compulsions.” Western allies of the US lack strategic calculus...

Japan’s Art of Forgetfulness

Japan’s Art of Forgetfulness

Apr 14, 2021

What choices are available to a nation that, in its quest for modernization, foolishly built a nuclear reactor in a seismically active tsunami zone? The Royal Society reported in 2015 that the disastrous fate of Fukushima in 2011 resulted from a “cascade of engineering and regulatory...

EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough

EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough

Apr 13, 2021

Hostilities between Ukraine and Russia reached an alarming level last week when further Russian troops were deployed on the Ukrainian border. Despite a statement from the Kremlin describing the act as “not threatening,” Kyiv accused Moscow of moving thousands of soldiers to its northern and...

Peter Thiel’s Bitcoin Paranoia

Peter Thiel’s Bitcoin Paranoia

Apr 13, 2021

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel finds himself in a confusing moral quandary as he struggles to weigh the merits of his nerdish belief in cryptocurrency against his patriotic paranoia focused on China’s economic rivalry with the United States. Participating in “a virtual event held for...

The US Needs to Uncancel the ICC

The US Needs to Uncancel the ICC

Apr 12, 2021

When the loony right gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference back in February, the theme of the Trump-heavy gathering was “America Uncanceled.” Speaker after speaker railed against “political correctness” in American culture, from “woke mobs” to...

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