What WhatsApp Conversations Reveal About the Far Right’s Ideology

Oct 29, 2020

Forum for Democracy (FvD) is a political party on the rise in the Netherlands. Thierry Baudet, FvD’s conservative revolutionary leader, positions himself and his party as right-wing and as an acceptable ideological alternative to all other Dutch parties. All media controversies about...

Anti-Semitism Is Resurfacing Again in Germany
Oct 28, 2020

Anti-Semitism Is Resurfacing Again in Germany

What the US Election Means for the Liberal World Order

What the US Election Means for the Liberal World Order

Macron Claims Islam Is in “Crisis.” Erdogan Disagrees
Oct 27, 2020

Macron Claims Islam Is in “Crisis.” Erdogan Disagrees

The Perils of Federalism in Time of Pandemic

The Perils of Federalism in Time of Pandemic

Oct 27, 2020

Germany is a federation, and so are Belgium, Spain and Austria. Switzerland is a confederation — something of a federation plus. Federations consist of relatively autonomous entities, like states in the US, states and territories in Australia, provinces in Canada, Länder in Germany and Austria,...

Will the NY Times Fixation on Russia End After Biden’s Election?

Will the NY Times Fixation on Russia End After Biden’s Election?

Oct 27, 2020

Will there ever be a vaccine for the not so novel coronavirus, Russiagate-16? It has clearly infected beyond cure various media outlets and the establishment of an entire political party in the US for the past four years. Even though it has been repeatedly debunked and identified as a pathology by...

Star Trek vs. the Radical Right: Visions of a Better World

Star Trek vs. the Radical Right: Visions of a Better World

Oct 22, 2020

Science fiction has a long history of progressive politics. Probably the best-known example is the Star Trek franchise that started in the 1960s with an Asian helmsman, a navigator from Russia and a black woman as a communications officer and features non-binary and transgender characters in...

Facial Recognition Technology and the Future of Policing

Facial Recognition Technology and the Future of Policing

Oct 21, 2020

It is unquestionably inspiring that the Black Lives Matter movement has inspired millions of Americans to question their understandings of race, policing, justice and the true nature of history. It represents, perhaps, the most hopeful global development in this most tumultuous year....

The Russian Pathology Deepens at The NY Times

The Russian Pathology Deepens at The NY Times

Oct 21, 2020

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary cannot help but love The New York Times, with increasingly diabolical ardor. Whenever the news cycle goes dry, we can turn to The Times and its documented paranoia for inspiration. The risk is repetition. The reward is the pleasure of picking and consuming...

France’s Problem With Freedom of Expression

France’s Problem With Freedom of Expression

Oct 19, 2020

The French nation has expressed its unqualified horror and revulsion at the brutal assassination of a teacher last Friday by a deluded fanatic convinced he was applying some kind of divinely ordained justice. Any crime directed against a person because of their beliefs or positions on issues of...

Playing the Market No Longer Resembles a Game

Playing the Market No Longer Resembles a Game

Oct 08, 2020

Despite their exponentially growing fortunes, life is becoming harder for the world’s richest billionaires. The Guardian’s Warren Murray offers his top story of the day with this headline: “Billionaires ‘worried by own sheer wealth.’”  The Swiss bank UBS has been studying the...

Emmanuel Macron, France’s Islamophobe-in-Chief

Emmanuel Macron, France’s Islamophobe-in-Chief

Oct 07, 2020

France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, may be unique on today’s world stage in an era marked by the rise of populism. He came to power in 2017 as a centrist maverick. He had no established party, ideology or tradition to guide him or fight for his future agenda. And yet, in the midst of that...

The Vatican Says No to Just War, Upsetting The NY Times

The Vatican Says No to Just War, Upsetting The NY Times

Oct 06, 2020

On October 4, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ latest encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti.” The apostolic letter contains eight chapters, spanning a variety of themes that focus mainly on secular issues. The Vatican has published a summary beginning with its own blurb announcing the major themes:...

Britain’s Refugee Policy Is a Fantasy of Fear

Britain’s Refugee Policy Is a Fantasy of Fear

Oct 05, 2020

In December 1938, French Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet told German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop of a French plan to deport 10,000 Jews to Madagascar, a French colony. After the defeat of France in June 1940, the idea was taken up by the German Foreign Office. On July 3, 1940, Franz...

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