The Mount of Autocrats

Jul 10, 2020

Donald Trump would dearly like to add his face to Mount Rushmore as the fifth presidential musketeer. His fireworks-and-fury extravaganza on July 3 was the next best thing. Trump’s dystopian speech was almost beside the point. Much more important was the photo op of his smirking face next to...

A New Hysteria Around History in the US
Jul 09, 2020

A New Hysteria Around History in the US

Why Has Islamophobia Risen in America?
Jul 08, 2020

Why Has Islamophobia Risen in America?

Trump’s Ambiguous Battle Against Middle East Turmoil
Jul 03, 2020

Trump’s Ambiguous Battle Against Middle East Turmoil

Trump Is Playing Peekaboo With the Pandemic

Trump Is Playing Peekaboo With the Pandemic

Jul 03, 2020

If the United States had quick-thinking and efficient leadership, the pandemic would have infected about 100,000 people and killed only a couple thousand. That’s the experience of South Korea, times seven to account for the difference in population. If the United States had overwhelmed but...

What’s Annexed on Netanyahu’s July Agenda?

What’s Annexed on Netanyahu’s July Agenda?

Jul 02, 2020

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, dispenses with illusions in his reading of the likely historical consequences of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s move to annex up to 30% of the occupied West Bank. Israel is expected to unilaterally proceed with the announced...

Trump, Biden and the Bear

Trump, Biden and the Bear

Jul 02, 2020

As the joke goes, when confronted by a grizzly, you don’t have to outrun the bear — you just need to outrun your camping partner. With the bear symbolizing every form of headwind that both candidates in the 2020 US election face — from COVID-19, ongoing protests and the US economy to a...

A Letter From an Arab to Americans

A Letter From an Arab to Americans

Jun 29, 2020

Dear Americans, Allow me to welcome you in your steady evolution into our world. According to your leaders, Democrats and Republicans, you are either “lowlifes” or “deplorables.” There is bipartisan agreement on this. That’s a very good start.  Where I come from, the Arab...

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Faces Its Most Consequential Decision in Decades

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Faces Its Most Consequential Decision in Decades

Jun 25, 2020

Uncertainty hangs over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pending decision on whether to annex as much a 30% of the West Bank, including the possibility of all existing Israeli settlements there and the entire Jordan Valley. Should he proceed, the proposal will go before the Israeli...

The Trump Campaign Fears John Bolton

The Trump Campaign Fears John Bolton

Jun 25, 2020

Unreliable narrators are a staple of literature. Consider the delusional, self-serving narrator of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” or the way Humbert Humbert used his cultured references and gorgeous prose to dress up his crimes in Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita.” Now along...

Panic on the American Right: Notes on Neocon Desperation

Panic on the American Right: Notes on Neocon Desperation

Jun 24, 2020

Johns Hopkins University’s Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, is one of these institutions of higher learning that prides itself on being close to the locus of power, particularly to the who is who of American foreign policymaking. Or, at least, that...

Donald Trump Is Tipping the Nuclear Dominoes

Donald Trump Is Tipping the Nuclear Dominoes

Jun 22, 2020

If the Trump administration follows through on its threat to restart nuclear tests, it will complete the unraveling of more than 50 years of arms control agreements, taking the world back to the days when school children practiced “duck and cover” and people built backyard bomb...

John Bolton’s Lesson in the American Value of Self-Interest

John Bolton’s Lesson in the American Value of Self-Interest

Jun 19, 2020

In a curious article for The New York Times, John Gans delves into an analysis of the perennially bizarre phenomenon known in Washington by the name of John Bolton. The article uses the case of Bolton, the former national security adviser, to examine what Gans calls “the anarchy” at the core...

Black Lives Matter Protests Are Not the Cultural Revolution

Black Lives Matter Protests Are Not the Cultural Revolution

Jun 19, 2020

In their effort to transform their discomfort with the current #BlackLivesMatter protests into a superficially sophisticated critique, right-wing “intellectuals” in the United States and Europe have latched onto a dubious historical analogy. When former congressman Newt Gingrich,...

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