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...

Kushner’s Triumph: The Writing Is on the Wall for Palestine
Sep 17, 2020

Kushner’s Triumph: The Writing Is on the Wall for Palestine

Boris Johnson Pushes Unreason to an Extreme
Sep 16, 2020

Boris Johnson Pushes Unreason to an Extreme

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

Donald Trump: A President Against His People

Will Chile Listen to Its People?

Will Chile Listen to Its People?

Sep 11, 2020

The country with the highest per capita infection rate of COVID-19 is in South America — but it isn’t Brazil. Chile, despite its high incomes and access to resources, has struggled to keep the pandemic under control and suffers from infection rates higher than the United States, which...

Donald Trump’s War With the Troops

Donald Trump’s War With the Troops

Sep 11, 2020

My father enlisted in the Army to fight in World War II. He was 19 or 20 years old, and he wanted to defeat the Nazis. He was one of a million other young Americans to sign up that year. But my father was also a fun-loving guy who played clarinet in a jazz band and liked to party. Instead of...

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...

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 —...

Will Morocco Normalize Relations With Israel?

Will Morocco Normalize Relations With Israel?

Sep 09, 2020

Commentators from major news outlets have commented that Morocco will be among the first Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel and exchange ambassadors following the Israeli-Emirati agreement. As the former US ambassador to Morocco and having closely followed the policies and...

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...

Mohammed bin Salman’s Shaky Legacy in a Troubled Saudi Kingdom

Mohammed bin Salman’s Shaky Legacy in a Troubled Saudi Kingdom

Sep 07, 2020

Una Galani is the associate editor of Reuters’ Breakingviews division, which the news agency describes as “the world's leading source of agenda-setting financial insight.” Last week, Breakingviews published her review of the book “Blood and Oil” by Wall Street Journal reporters Bradley...

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

Sep 07, 2020

It might come as a surprise that the Gulf states have more than a passing interest in events in Belarus. Beyond growing economic ties, the political drama provides valuable lessons for the region’s monarchies and their efforts to maintain standards of living for their citizens without...

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....

The Next President Needs to Learn From Past Mistakes

The Next President Needs to Learn From Past Mistakes

Sep 04, 2020

Thirteen years ago, in summer 2007, I wrote a memo for the future president of the United States. The one who would take office in 2020. At the time, I had no idea who would win the 2008 presidential election, much less an election in the distant future. In summer 2007, Hillary Clinton was the...

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