The Science of Voter Suppression

Sep 30, 2020

Great traditions persist for centuries even as they change their style. New York’s Tammany Hall and its colorful leader “Boss Tweed” in the late 19th century perfected the art of “manufacturing votes” to elect the people they preferred and run the show in their manner. It set the...

Mauritania’s Fading Promise and Uncertain Future
Sep 30, 2020

Mauritania’s Fading Promise and Uncertain Future

Angela Merkel’s CDU Is Still Not Sure How It Feels About Muslims
Sep 29, 2020

Angela Merkel’s CDU Is Still Not Sure How It Feels About Muslims

Climate Disruption and the American Obsession with Control
Sep 29, 2020

Climate Disruption and the American Obsession with Control

The Extinct Race of “Reasonable Viewers” in the US

The Extinct Race of “Reasonable Viewers” in the US

Sep 28, 2020

Reporting on a defamation trial brought against Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Business Insider notes a rare but significant crack in the facade of contemporary media that could, if we were to pay attention, help to deconstruct the reigning hyperreality that has in recent decades overwhelmed...

How Catholics Can Tilt the US Election

How Catholics Can Tilt the US Election

Sep 28, 2020

Few Americans these days are likely to recognize the name Thomas Nast. Yet in the Civil War era, Nast was arguably the most famous cartoonist in the United States, responsible for creating and popularizing iconic images, such as “jolly St. Nick” (aka Santa Claus), Uncle Sam and the donkey and...

Getting an Education in the Age of COVID-19

Getting an Education in the Age of COVID-19

Sep 25, 2020

In a matter of months, the novel coronavirus has swept across the globe and entirely up-ended our understanding of normality. Now, as the virus continues to rage and signs of a second surge are emerging even before the first has ended, we’re rethinking everything we’d assumed and hoped for at...

America’s Reputation May Bounce Back After Trump, But Will the Country?

America's Reputation May Bounce Back After Trump, But Will the Country?

Sep 25, 2020

Donald Trump used to care what the world outside America thought of him. Before he ran for president, he was focused on turning his business into a global brand. The name “Trump” was supposed to connote all the luxury and success of the elite lifestyle. Trump hotels, Trump golf courses, Trump...

Will This Be the Election to End All Elections?

Will This Be the Election to End All Elections?

Sep 25, 2020

When drafting the United States Constitution in 1787, the Founding Fathers of the new nation sought to formalize the nature of what they wished to be an innovative form of government. Trying to reconcile the irreconcilable, they devised a series of complex arrangements designed to ensure that the...

Is Assad Gearing Up for a Final Push in Syria?

Is Assad Gearing Up for a Final Push in Syria?

Sep 24, 2020

Ceasefires in Syria come and go, and so do the meetings between the outside players who hold it in their hands to determine if an end to the country’s 9-year civil war is in sight. The most recent meeting in Ankara between Turkish and Russian military officers was intended to discuss...

The US Presidential Election and the Armies of the Night

The US Presidential Election and the Armies of the Night

Sep 24, 2020

In a compelling article published on Fair Observer earlier this week, Volker Perthes, director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), speculates on the theme of “what Trump will leave behind” if he loses the November election. The author offers an enlightening...

Is America Edging Toward a “Racial Holy War”?

Is America Edging Toward a “Racial Holy War”?

Sep 24, 2020

Since the Vietnam War era in the United States, radical-right groups have articulated an apocalyptic vision under which white people would be restored to their “rightful place” of dominance on the North American continent. Over the years, various groups and personalities have expressed this...

Justice Ginsburg Secures Progressives for Biden

Justice Ginsburg Secures Progressives for Biden

Sep 23, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died and the political seas have changed. She was a beacon of American conscience in a nation that has no conscience to spare. For those of us in America who see a nation in steep decline, this loss further deepens the gap between hope and reality....

Buzzfeed Reveals a Banking Virus That Could Become a Pandemic

Buzzfeed Reveals a Banking Virus That Could Become a Pandemic

Sep 23, 2020

Buzzfeed has made what many take to be a shocking revelation about how the world’s most powerful financial institutions skirt morality and the law. Others who have followed the activities of the biggest international banks over recent decades may simply wonder why anyone should be surprised....

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