America Is on the Edge of a Critical Precipice

January 04, 2022

As we enter a new year, there is every warning you can think of that the Biden presidency, its promise and its transformational potential will come to a crashing end in 2022. When circumstance, willful ignorance and an utter disdain for governmental achievement and good governance conspire...

Could There Be War With Russia?
December 17, 2021

Could There Be War With Russia?

Biden’s Cosmetic Battle Against Corruption
December 14, 2021

Biden’s Cosmetic Battle Against Corruption

Washington’s Tawdry Victory Over Julian Assange
December 13, 2021

Washington’s Tawdry Victory Over Julian Assange

10 Problems With US Foreign Policy Under Biden

10 Problems With US Foreign Policy Under Biden

December 10, 2021

The Biden presidency is still in its early days, but it’s not too early to point to areas in the foreign policy realm where we, as progressives, have been disappointed — or even infuriated.  There are one or two positive developments, such as the renewal of Barack Obama's New START...

Biden’s New Culture of Brinkmanship

Biden’s New Culture of Brinkmanship

December 08, 2021

Taiwan is a problem. Historically separate from but linked to China, Taiwan was colonized by the Dutch and partially by the Spanish in the 17th century. Through a series of conflicts between aboriginal forces allied with the Ming dynasty and European colonial forces who also fought amongst...

Biden’s Lost Battle With Mohammed bin Salman

Biden’s Lost Battle With Mohammed bin Salman

November 18, 2021

Ryan Grim and Ken Klippenstein at The Intercept cite the tense relationship between US President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the explanation of the high gas prices that have rattled consumers’ confidence and troubled the administration. Every politician and political...

The Uncomfortable Presence of US Politicians at COP26

The Uncomfortable Presence of US Politicians at COP26

November 10, 2021

Senior editor David Knowles has been covering the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, for Yahoo News. He appears to be on a mission to celebrate the commitment of the US to lead the world in the noble goal of solving the climate crisis. His chief weapon is tossing softball questions to...

Will the US Maintain Its Strategic Ambiguity Toward Taiwan?

Will the US Maintain Its Strategic Ambiguity Toward Taiwan?

November 09, 2021

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen recently confirmed reports that US Marines and special operators are training local troops on the island, reflecting growing concerns in Washington over the state Taiwanese-Chinese relations. In her statement, President Tsai said she had faith that the US would...

Uncertain Times in a World Without American Hegemony

Uncertain Times in a World Without American Hegemony

November 03, 2021

The international order is in deep trouble, and not only since the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not how things were supposed to turn out. The collapse of the “evil empire,” the end of the Cold War and the integration of Central and Eastern Europe into the EU were supposed to...

JFK Assassination: Biden’s Commitment to Keep Concealing the Truth

JFK Assassination: Biden’s Commitment to Keep Concealing the Truth

October 25, 2021

Everyone understands that democracy requires access to the truth about how the government acts, in the past as well as the present. US President Joe Biden’s administration was under pressure to release, on October 26, the carefully hidden documents that his predecessor, Donald Trump, decided to...

Will Joe Manchin Remain a Democrat?

Will Joe Manchin Remain a Democrat?

October 22, 2021

Americans typically like divided government and, on November 7, then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gave them reason for that preference. Preceding a pair of run-off elections in Georgia that would decide whether Democrats would control the Senate in addition to the White House and the House...

Can the Taliban Govern Responsibly?

Can the Taliban Govern Responsibly?

October 18, 2021

Following the fall of Kabul in August, the first face-to-face meeting between US officials and the Taliban took place last week. As is typical in such first encounters, both sides came with their respective agendas, including demands and requests of the other side. The one issue on which both...

A 21st-Century Marshall Plan for Cyber Defense

A 21st-Century Marshall Plan for Cyber Defense

October 12, 2021

The Republican Party is facing an existential crisis. Will their traditional base of small-government, low-tax party members endure, especially as they come under increasing attacks from, anti-immigrant, anti-science MAGA fundamentalists? Democrats face challenges of their own trying to figure...

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