Why Joe Biden Must Act on Myanmar

Apr 14, 2021

Burma, as Myanmar was known then, won its independence from the British in 1948. Since then, bilateral relations between the US and Myanmar can at best be described as lackluster. They have lacked what experts would call “strategic compulsions.” Western allies of the US lack strategic calculus...

Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance
Apr 14, 2021

Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance

Peter Thiel’s Bitcoin Paranoia
Apr 13, 2021

Peter Thiel’s Bitcoin Paranoia

The US Needs to Uncancel the ICC
Apr 12, 2021

The US Needs to Uncancel the ICC

Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes’ Co-opting by the Far Right

Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes’ Co-opting by the Far Right

Apr 07, 2021

The far right have a habit of co-opting symbols and visual iconography originally used by other movements, oftentimes those holding opposing ideologies. For example, during the rally-turned-siege in Washington on January 6, protesters chanted, “Whose house? Our house!” This was a likely nod...

The Loneliness of Matt Gaetz

The Loneliness of Matt Gaetz

Apr 06, 2021

Representative Matt Gaetz, a brash Trump loyalist, was apparently proud of his reputation as “the most despicable member of Congress.” He presented it as a badge of honor that his electorate would appreciate thanks to the low esteem in which the general population holds Congress. But now with...

Obstructing Governance as a Substitute for Public Policy

Obstructing Governance as a Substitute for Public Policy

Apr 05, 2021

It is hard to figure out why it seems so difficult to be a white guy in today’s America, even though I am a white guy and should be able to figure it out. The problem seems to be that there are just too many people in America who are not white guys, or even white guys and gals combined. Whenever...

Escaping Thucydides’ Trap: Keeping the Peace Between Rising and Reigning Powers

Escaping Thucydides’ Trap: Keeping the Peace Between Rising and Reigning Powers

Apr 05, 2021

A conflict between the United States and China seems increasingly likely. A trade war that began several years ago has had economic repercussions for both sides. In the South China Sea, Chinese aggression against Taiwan is checked by the US military. In cybersphere, the war has already begun, as...

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

Apr 02, 2021

In October 1944, with the end of World War II in sight, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin passed a note back and forth to each other at a conference in Moscow. On the piece of paper, Churchill had assigned percentages to several Eastern European countries. Stalin amended the numbers...

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal

Apr 01, 2021

MSNBC’s star journalist Rachel Maddow was ready to break the news but hesitated when certain insiders worried that, if the accusation was not borne out by verifiable facts, the reaction might further damage the reputation of a news organization whose ratings have been plummeting for the past two...

The Unbearable Shallowness of “Deep AI”

The Unbearable Shallowness of “Deep AI”

Mar 31, 2021

Since people invented writing, communications technology has become steadily more high-bandwidth, pervasive and persuasive, taking a commensurate toll on human attention and cognition. In that bandwidth war between machines and humans, the machines’ latest weapon is a class of statistical...

It’s Time to Act, Not React, on North Korea

It’s Time to Act, Not React, on North Korea

Mar 30, 2021

Although things have been quiet in recent months and there has been no active dialogue between North Korea and the United States, developments in recent days suggest that Pyongyang is back on the agenda of the international community. First, it became known that the US has been reaching out to...

YouTube Shows Its Concern for My Sanity

YouTube Shows Its Concern for My Sanity

Mar 30, 2021

Everyone has a personal relationship with YouTube. That’s just the way YouTube works. It is literally the platform that gives you what you — uniquely you and nobody else — want. It “understands” your tastes and needs. Understanding means gauging your unconscious reflexes in a...

Is Travel Now a Game of Russian Roulette?

Is Travel Now a Game of Russian Roulette?

Mar 29, 2021

Almost one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, in mid-January, circumstances forced me to take a trip to Chennai, India, from my home in the Bay Area, California. I was apprehensive about traveling abroad during the pandemic. I suspected the rapid spread of the coronavirus globally had to do with...

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