Is the US Back Under Biden?

Mar 02, 2021

Caligula was by all accounts a nasty piece of work. During the nearly four years that he ruled over the Roman Empire in the first century CE, Caligula was notorious for sexual predation and extravagant spending. Never one to sell himself short, he proclaimed early on that he was a god. He held the...

Serious Politics Is Not About Recalibration
Mar 01, 2021

Serious Politics Is Not About Recalibration

The Time for a Just and Equitable Society
Feb 26, 2021

The Time for a Just and Equitable Society

Will Biden Overturn Sanctions on the ICC?
Feb 26, 2021

Will Biden Overturn Sanctions on the ICC?

Biden Should Rejoin the Iran Deal Before It’s Too Late

Biden Should Rejoin the Iran Deal Before It's Too Late

Feb 25, 2021

As Congress still struggles to pass a COVID relief bill, the rest of the world is nervously reserving judgment on the new US president and his foreign policy after successive administrations have delivered unexpected and damaging shocks to the world and the international...

The Historical Significance of Malcolm X’s Assassination

The Historical Significance of Malcolm X’s Assassination

Feb 24, 2021

Americans remember four spectacular and symbolic assassinations from the 1960s. That of President John F. Kennedy, shot in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, November 22, 1963, marks a moment of maximum trauma in modern US history. For three days, television channels ran with no advertising as the...

Divide and Rule: What Drives Anti-Asian Resentment in America?

Divide and Rule: What Drives Anti-Asian Resentment in America?

Feb 24, 2021

Donald Trump might have left the White House. His nefarious legacy, however, lingers on. A prominent case in point is the dramatic rise in the number of attacks on Asian Americans, ranging from verbal insults and harassment to physical assault to deadly acts of violence that has gone hand in hand...

The US Senate Is a Global Problem

The US Senate Is a Global Problem

Feb 22, 2021

Watching the Senate conduct the second impeachment trial of former US President Donald Trump brought back a flood of memories from high school. I distinctly remember an earlier incarnation of those Trump-friendly Republican senators taking up their positions at the back of class to snicker, yawn...

The Texas Crisis: Tilting at Windmills

The Texas Crisis: Tilting at Windmills

Feb 19, 2021

Sometime last week, cold air escaped from the polar vortex, which usually stays high above the north pole. That icy air then traveled down to wreak havoc across Texas, a state geographically larger than France, bordering Mexico. Its nearly 30 million inhabitants are just starting to realize the...

What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?

What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?

Feb 18, 2021

In November of last year, Donald Trump lost the presidential election with the highest number of votes for a Republican candidate ever and the second-highest for a presidential candidate. Only Joe Biden did better. Trump also managed to garner the second-highest share of the non-white vote, 26%....

Fault Lines in Biden’s Approach to China

Fault Lines in Biden’s Approach to China

Feb 18, 2021

So far, the White House has undertaken a flurry of activity designated to back up President Joe Biden’s pledge to be tough-minded on China. He has warned that Beijing will face “extreme competition” from the United States. Taiwan’s top representative was invited to the presidential...

The Storming of the US Capitol Through Identitarian Eyes

The Storming of the US Capitol Through Identitarian Eyes

Feb 16, 2021

As history unfolded before those refreshing their Twitter feeds and watching live TV, attempts to define the storming of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, immediately emerged, including those by the radical right. Among the various radical-right voices that tried to frame the event, evaluations...

Beating Back the Far Right

Beating Back the Far Right

Feb 15, 2021

After four years of shock, confusion and paralysis, the United States is finally taking action against the far right. Perhaps most dramatic has been the de-platforming of Donald Trump: the suspension of his Twitter and Facebook accounts and the targeting of his prominent followers across social...

The Magnanimous Gesture of Mohammed bin Salman

The Magnanimous Gesture of Mohammed bin Salman

Feb 15, 2021

Donald Trump famously cultivated a personal friendship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). To critics of the evil prince, Trump claimed that his loyalty was justified by the hundreds of billions of dollars of arms sales their friendship generated. The fact that those weapons served...

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