Is The Economist’s Influence Waning?

Nov 13, 2019

In an important article published by The New Yorker on one of the most confusing labels used to describe today’s civilization, Indian writer Pankaj Mishra deconstructs and disambiguates the range of meanings associated with the word “liberalism” by delving into the history and cultural...

When Trump Calls World Leaders
Nov 13, 2019

When Trump Calls World Leaders

Elizabeth Warren’s Grudging Acceptance of Billionaires
Nov 12, 2019

Elizabeth Warren’s Grudging Acceptance of Billionaires

Examining Trump World’s Fantastic Claims About Ukraine
Nov 11, 2019

Examining Trump World’s Fantastic Claims About Ukraine

US Media Look to Billionaires for Moral Wisdom

US Media Look to Billionaires for Moral Wisdom

Nov 08, 2019

The media in the US are giving major coverage this week to the random political thoughts of a host of billionaires that include JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, investor Paul Tudor Jones, Bill Gates and, most spectacularly, hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman, the founder of the investment advisory...

The Long History of Foreign Interference in US Politics

The Long History of Foreign Interference in US Politics

Nov 07, 2019

On October 31, the US House of Representatives held a formal vote on its first resolution in relation to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The resolution, which passed by 232 votes to 196 along party lines, set out rules on how the impeachment inquiry will proceed in the next...

Donald Trump in Blunderland

Donald Trump in Blunderland

Nov 05, 2019

There can be no question about it: Donald Trump is Lewis Carroll’s Queen of Hearts. “Off with his head!” was the president's essential suggestion for — to offer just one example — a certain whistleblower who fingered him on that now notorious Ukrainian phone...

Forget Fake News — Now We Have “Maybe News”

Forget Fake News — Now We Have “Maybe News”

Nov 01, 2019

In a hallucinating development concerning what increasingly appears to be the unsinkable imaginary drama of overwhelming Russian influence on the 2016 US presidential election, Reuters, echoed by The Hill, offer some breaking news: “Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Wednesday that at...

New Cracks in the Global Far Right?

New Cracks in the Global Far Right?

Oct 31, 2019

In a remarkable confluence of events, the right-wing national leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel find themselves, at least for a brief historical moment, besieged by criticism and stark political dangers. In the US, President Donald Trump is facing a more serious...

Yahoo Finance and the Power of the Status Quo

Yahoo Finance and the Power of the Status Quo

Oct 30, 2019

Yahoo Finance’s senior correspondent, Rick Newman, has a bee in his bonnet. He calls it “transitioning.” In his eyes, it is the source of all ills, clearly something to be avoided at all costs. And precisely because of costs, which makes perfect sense for a financial pundit imbued with the...

Trump Screenwrites History With Death of IS Chief

Trump Screenwrites History With Death of IS Chief

Oct 29, 2019

US President Donald Trump rose to hyperbolic heights of hyperreal narration last weekend as he described the Pentagon’s successful takedown of the Islamic State (IS) group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in Syria. The world will undoubtedly be a better place without Al-Baghdadi, but much of...

The NY Times Feels Democratic Donors’ Unease

The NY Times Feels Democratic Donors’ Unease

Oct 28, 2019

The New York Times is serious about playing its crucial role in putting the Democrats back on track after so much recent disappointment. Hillary Clinton’s otherwise inexplicable failure to be crowned in 2016 led to the newspaper’s firm commitment over two years to pushing the Russiagate...

The Art of the Back-Pedal

The Art of the Back-Pedal

Oct 25, 2019

It is a hallmark of right-wing populists to make a preposterous policy and then be forced — by opposition, by circumstance, by the laws of physics — to retreat. Three very recent examples involve US President Donald Trump, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

Facing the Consequences of Trump’s Decision to Abandon the Kurds

Facing the Consequences of Trump’s Decision to Abandon the Kurds

Oct 25, 2019

The sad tragedy of US President Donald Trump’s precipitous decision to suddenly abandon the Kurds of northern Syria is that it may have been inevitable. Turkey had long warned the Americans that it viscerally opposed its partnership with the People’s Protection Units (YGP) — a Syrian Kurdish...

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