Who’s Afraid of Directed Energy Attacks?

May 06, 2021

As if the Biden administration was lacking in pretexts to start a new war with Russia, Donald Trump’s former Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller has stepped up to lead a campaign more reminiscent of a tale from the “Twilight Zone” than the USA’s strategic rivalry with the Soviet...

Is MAGA Whistling in the Dark?
Apr 29, 2021

Is MAGA Whistling in the Dark?

Western Sahara: Washington’s Accidental Red Line
Apr 26, 2021

Western Sahara: Washington’s Accidental Red Line

Charismatic Leadership and the Far Right
Apr 26, 2021

Charismatic Leadership and the Far Right

The Spread of Global Hate

The Spread of Global Hate

Apr 16, 2021

One insidious way to torture the detainees at Guantanamo Bay was to blast music at them at all hours. The mixtape, which included everything from Metallica to the Meow Mix jingle, was intended to disorient the captives and impress upon them the futility of resistance. It worked: This...

The US Needs to Uncancel the ICC

The US Needs to Uncancel the ICC

Apr 12, 2021

When the loony right gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference back in February, the theme of the Trump-heavy gathering was “America Uncanceled.” Speaker after speaker railed against “political correctness” in American culture, from “woke mobs” to...

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...

How Joe Biden Looks at the World

How Joe Biden Looks at the World

Mar 26, 2021

In his first foreign policy speech as president, delivered at the State Department on February 4, 2021, Joe Biden laid out his vision of America’s engagement with the world. In its conventional combination of the stick of military power and the carrot of diplomacy, Biden’s address...

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza

Mar 19, 2021

Two months after the departure of Donald Trump, the world is seeking to understand the contours of the new administration’s still hesitating foreign policy. US President Joe Biden made a bold step forward this week when he vowed to pursue the fantasy of Russiagate, the Democratic equivalent of...

China and the Perils of Bipartisanship

China and the Perils of Bipartisanship

Mar 19, 2021

Not a single congressional Republican voted for the recent $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Not even the so-called moderate Republicans, the handful who backed the second impeachment of former US President Donald Trump, deigned to support an economic package that helps Americans hardest hit by the...

White Trash, White Privilege

White Trash, White Privilege

Mar 12, 2021

I grew up in southern Bavaria in the 1960s. I started formal education at the age of six at the local Volksschule — the people’s school. Quite frankly, I don’t remember much about this time. Among the few things I do remember is the warning my parents gave me on my way to school to keep away...

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

Mar 11, 2021

On December 10, 2020, then-US President Donald Trump recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, circumventing a decades-long UN-sponsored peace process for the territory. In return, Morocco agreed to normalize relations with Israel. The US-brokered agreement goes beyond a simple...

The American Century Ends Early

The American Century Ends Early

Mar 08, 2021

Like Gregor Samsa, the never-to-be-forgotten character in Franz Kafka’s story “The Metamorphosis,” we awoke on January 7 to discover that we, too, were “a giant insect” with “a domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments” and numerous “pitifully thin” legs that...

Is the US Back Under Biden?

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...

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