What Trump Will Leave Behind If He Loses

Sep 21, 2020

Whether Donald Trump will serve four more years as president of the United States will be decided on November 3. America’s partners should nonetheless already be thinking about what Trump will leave behind — namely the consequences of his policies — if he loses the election and agrees to...

How Anti-Semitism Has Lost Any Connection With Reality
Sep 21, 2020

How Anti-Semitism Has Lost Any Connection With Reality

What the Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Means for America’s Political Future
Sep 21, 2020

What the Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Means for America’s Political Future

Taking American Carnage to the Next Level
Sep 18, 2020

Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

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

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

Sep 17, 2020

In a recent phone interview with reporters, Jared Kushner made the claim that his Peace to Prosperity deal represents salvation for the two-state solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict. He couched the claim in the transactional language that is the mark of the Manhattan real...

Donald Trump: A President Against His People

Donald Trump: A President Against His People

Sep 14, 2020

In less than two months from now, Americans would have elected their next president. One can only hope that they have elected their 46th president, not reelected their 45th for another four-year term. Electing Donald Trump was nothing short of shooting oneself in the foot with a .45-caliber...

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 —...

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...

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...

Jerry Falwell Jr. and the Misery of American Evangelicals

Jerry Falwell Jr. and the Misery of American Evangelicals

Aug 28, 2020

It could not have come at a worse time. President Donald Trump has promoted himself as the ultimate protector of American Christianity — against the subversive invasion of Muslims, against the equally subversive threat of atheism, against the destructive forces of secularism. According to recent...

Does Joe Biden’s Transition to the Center Have Any Meaning Today?

Does Joe Biden’s Transition to the Center Have Any Meaning Today?

Aug 26, 2020

The New Yorker features a lengthy biographical portrait of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden written by Evan Osnos. Clearly recognizing Biden’s positioning on the electoral spectrum, the title of the article takes the form of a question: “Can Biden’s Center Hold?” Though it...

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