The New York Times Sees Double

Jan 22, 2020

The New York Times’ daring innovation of endorsing two candidates in the Democratic presidential primary has provoked a flurry of comments in the media. The verdict on The NYT’s verdict has been resoundingly negative. For many, it confirms that The New York Times has abandoned its presumed...

Evangelical Blues, or How Supporting Trump Discredits Christianity
Jan 22, 2020

Evangelical Blues, or How Supporting Trump Discredits Christianity

Putin Is Leaving, But Not Saying Goodbye
Jan 21, 2020

Putin Is Leaving, But Not Saying Goodbye

In the Run-Up to the US Election, Storytelling Becomes Rather Less Innocent
Jan 21, 2020

In the Run-Up to the US Election, Storytelling Becomes Rather Less Innocent

Why a Troop Drawdown in Africa Is Exactly the Wrong Approach

Why a Troop Drawdown in Africa Is Exactly the Wrong Approach

Jan 21, 2020

On December 24, 2019, The New York Times reported that Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper is weighing proposals for a major reduction — or even a complete pullout — of US forces from West Africa. This is the first phase of reviewing deployments that could reshuffle thousands of troops worldwide...

For Ali Khamenei, Trump Isn’t a Solitary Clown

For Ali Khamenei, Trump Isn’t a Solitary Clown

Jan 20, 2020

The hardest part of publishing articles in the news is drafting the story’s headline. Headlines serve two essential purposes: to give a general idea of the subject that the article exposes and to trigger the reader’s curiosity or interest. Because the headline must be pithy, the second...

Brazil vs. Argentina: Will Football Rivals Clash Over Politics?

Brazil vs. Argentina: Will Football Rivals Clash Over Politics?

Jan 20, 2020

Pelé, Di Stefano, Maradona, Ronaldo, Neymar, Messi: Brazil and Argentina have produced some of the best football players in history — and currently. All the elite Europeans teams have Brazilians and Argentinians in their cast. The national teams are also the biggest rivals in the world’s most...

What Drives the Center Right’s Electoral Success?

What Drives the Center Right’s Electoral Success?

Jan 20, 2020

The 2008 economic crisis hit a number of European Union countries like a storm, with widespread patterns of electoral volatility and bad news for governing parties on both the left and right of the political spectrum. A central dimension of political competition in a number of EU countries was...

When It Comes to Mental Health, India Remains Shockingly Misinformed

When It Comes to Mental Health, India Remains Shockingly Misinformed

Jan 17, 2020

Indian journalist Manu Joseph recently wrote a column in which he questions major intellectual advances in history, claiming they were nothing but delusional ideas of schizophrenics. He asks, rhetorically: “What if many things that we call philosophies today had emerged from a mental disorder?...

Jeff Bezos Plays the Cowboy With the Indians

Jeff Bezos Plays the Cowboy With the Indians

Jan 17, 2020

Forbes has followed Jeff Bezos on his pilgrimage to India this week. On January 15, the journal reported on Amazon’s declared ambition to help boost the Indian economy. The magazine reports: “Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said on Wednesday from New Delhi that his e-commerce...

Is Trump Making Space Great Again?

Is Trump Making Space Great Again?

Jan 17, 2020

With a stroke of a pen, Donald Trump created an entirely new branch of the armed forces last year. It’s the first new branch of the US military since 1947. The Space Force is not exactly a new idea. It’s a revival of a Reagan-era initiative that had been set up to oversee missile defense,...

Trump’s Anti-Politics and the Assassination of Iran’s General Soleimani

Trump’s Anti-Politics and the Assassination of Iran’s General Soleimani

Jan 16, 2020

The dust has settled for the time being in the US-Iran duel. Retreating from the conflict, US President Donald Trump tweeted “all is well” in response to Iran’s retaliatory strikes on airbases in Iraq hosting US troops on January 8. Shortly after, he went back to his “go-to” deterrent of...

Immigrants Provide a Net Gain to the US

Immigrants Provide a Net Gain to the US

The coming to power of Donald Trump has reignited the debate on immigration and multiculturalism in the United States. His stringent policies and the efforts to slash both legal and illegal immigration to the US have been at the forefront of controversy since he took office in January 2017,...

At the Democratic Debate, CNN Magnifies the Rumors

At the Democratic Debate, CNN Magnifies the Rumors

Jan 16, 2020

Everyone knows that elections in the US are not occasions for exploring and clarifying issues and policies, but something more similar to a sporting event between competing athletes. All media outlets know this, but none practice it with greater conviction than CNN. During the Democratic...

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