Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

Sep 18, 2020

It is a recent tradition among occupants of the White House, as they head out of office, to play a few practical jokes on their successors. The Clinton administration jesters, for instance, removed all the Ws from White House keyboards before handing over the keys to George W. Bush’s transition...

The Tug of War in Washington Around the War in Afghanistan
Sep 15, 2020

The Tug of War in Washington Around the War in Afghanistan

Donald Trump: A President Against His People
Sep 14, 2020

Donald Trump: A President Against His People

Donald Trump’s War With the Troops
Sep 11, 2020

Donald Trump’s War With the Troops

The Mad Complicity of Trump, Pompeo and the Media

The Mad Complicity of Trump, Pompeo and the Media

Sep 10, 2020

In an article published by Al Jazeera with the title, “What is behind the hype about the new Iran-China partnership?” Pakistan-based journalist Tom Hussain weighs in on how media in the US have become dedicated to magnifying real events not to further our understanding of them, but to...

Did a French Far-Right Thinker Predict 2020?

Did a French Far-Right Thinker Predict 2020?

Sep 10, 2020

The year 2020 has thrown the world into disarray, with a severe pandemic creating many unforeseen challenges. The COVID-19 plague has so far infected nearly 30 million people worldwide, with the death toll climbing toward a million. With rising unemployment and sector-specific industry...

America’s Parallel Realities: Are We All in the Wrong Movie?

America's Parallel Realities: Are We All in the Wrong Movie?

Sep 10, 2020

In the early 1960s, one of the most popular series on American television was “The Twilight Zone.” This was a time when television, even in the United States, was still in black and white. Most of the show’s episodes were riveting, poignant and, in a number of cases, scary as hell —...

Tekashi 6ix9ine and the American Way

Tekashi 6ix9ine and the American Way

Sep 09, 2020

A New York Times interview with controversial rapper and ex-convict Tekashi 6ix9ine offers a rich catalog of the curious values that characterize contemporary US culture. What emerges from the feature is a series of reflections by both the interviewer and the interviewee on some of the driving...

Alternate Reality Is All the Rage in Election Time America

Alternate Reality Is All the Rage in Election Time America

Sep 08, 2020

It should be obvious by now that “reality” has Americans very confused. This is nothing new. This happened when the word “reality” somehow became a synonym for fantasy, delusion, illusion and fake. I am not sure when this happened in the American lexicon, but I am sure that there...

Deconstructing the Powerful and Persistent Russiagate Meme

Deconstructing the Powerful and Persistent Russiagate Meme

Sep 08, 2020

The frontier between legitimate political analysis and fake news in the US has never been easy to draw. Politicians and polemicists have attempted to impose the idea that only established corporate networks can be trusted to steer clear of fake news. Content on topics they consciously neglect to...

The UAE and Israel: Not So Big a Deal

The UAE and Israel: Not So Big a Deal

Sep 07, 2020

The Abraham Accord is a grand title well in keeping with the Trump presidency’s taste for overstatement and misdirection. But the expectation that other Arab states would fall into line with the United Arab Emirates and quickly normalize relations with Israel has fallen well short of the mark....

No Credible Alternative to the US Grand Strategy in Europe

No Credible Alternative to the US Grand Strategy in Europe

Sep 04, 2020

Never in the last 75 years has the US-led liberal order in Europe been intellectually more contested. Some in the United States, especially among realist and neorealist scholars, disapprove of what is commonly referred to as the West-centric institutional and rules-based order. They generally...

Jared Kushner Appeals to the NBA’s Taste for Luxury

Jared Kushner Appeals to the NBA’s Taste for Luxury

Aug 31, 2020

When Donald Trump took office in 2017 as president of the United States, he delegated the responsibility of solving most of the nation’s and the world’s knottiest problems to his talented son-in-law, Jared Kushner. From ending the opioid crisis at home and solving the conflict in the Middle...

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

Aug 28, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 initially looked like a gift to autocrats around the world. What better pretext for a state of emergency than a pandemic? It was a golden opportunity to close borders, suppress civil society and issue decrees left and right (mostly right). Donald Trump in the United...

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