Biden Should Rejoin the Iran Deal Before It's Too Late

Feb 25, 2021

As Congress still struggles to pass a COVID relief bill, the rest of the world is nervously reserving judgment on the new US president and his foreign policy after successive administrations have delivered unexpected and damaging shocks to the world and the international...

The Historical Significance of Malcolm X’s Assassination
Feb 24, 2021

The Historical Significance of Malcolm X’s Assassination

Divide and Rule: What Drives Anti-Asian Resentment in America?
Feb 24, 2021

Divide and Rule: What Drives Anti-Asian Resentment in America?

How Appropriate Is Kendall Jenner’s Cultural Appropriation?
Feb 22, 2021

How Appropriate Is Kendall Jenner’s Cultural Appropriation?

The US Senate Is a Global Problem

The US Senate Is a Global Problem

Feb 22, 2021

Watching the Senate conduct the second impeachment trial of former US President Donald Trump brought back a flood of memories from high school. I distinctly remember an earlier incarnation of those Trump-friendly Republican senators taking up their positions at the back of class to snicker, yawn...

The Texas Crisis: Tilting at Windmills

The Texas Crisis: Tilting at Windmills

Feb 19, 2021

Sometime last week, cold air escaped from the polar vortex, which usually stays high above the north pole. That icy air then traveled down to wreak havoc across Texas, a state geographically larger than France, bordering Mexico. Its nearly 30 million inhabitants are just starting to realize the...

Cults Have Conquered Wall Street

Cults Have Conquered Wall Street

Feb 19, 2021

Some followers of technology news may remember the year 2018 when the media occasionally featured embarrassing headlines about Elon Musk, a small-time billionaire at that point of his history, weighing in at around a paltry $20 billion. Musk managed to get himself into trouble on more than one...

What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?

What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?

Feb 18, 2021

In November of last year, Donald Trump lost the presidential election with the highest number of votes for a Republican candidate ever and the second-highest for a presidential candidate. Only Joe Biden did better. Trump also managed to garner the second-highest share of the non-white vote, 26%....

Fault Lines in Biden’s Approach to China

Fault Lines in Biden’s Approach to China

Feb 18, 2021

So far, the White House has undertaken a flurry of activity designated to back up President Joe Biden’s pledge to be tough-minded on China. He has warned that Beijing will face “extreme competition” from the United States. Taiwan’s top representative was invited to the presidential...

The Storming of the US Capitol Through Identitarian Eyes

The Storming of the US Capitol Through Identitarian Eyes

Feb 16, 2021

As history unfolded before those refreshing their Twitter feeds and watching live TV, attempts to define the storming of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, immediately emerged, including those by the radical right. Among the various radical-right voices that tried to frame the event, evaluations...

Beating Back the Far Right

Beating Back the Far Right

Feb 15, 2021

After four years of shock, confusion and paralysis, the United States is finally taking action against the far right. Perhaps most dramatic has been the de-platforming of Donald Trump: the suspension of his Twitter and Facebook accounts and the targeting of his prominent followers across social...

The Magnanimous Gesture of Mohammed bin Salman

The Magnanimous Gesture of Mohammed bin Salman

Feb 15, 2021

Donald Trump famously cultivated a personal friendship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). To critics of the evil prince, Trump claimed that his loyalty was justified by the hundreds of billions of dollars of arms sales their friendship generated. The fact that those weapons served...

The Fringe Feeds a Familiar Narrative

The Fringe Feeds a Familiar Narrative

Feb 12, 2021

Finally, it has come to pass in the land of the free and the home of the brave that the cancerous core of America’s Republican Party is in full metastasis, spreading its poisonous tentacles far into the body politic. There is so little substantive pushback from Republican Party “leadership”...

The NBA Is Conflicted Over National Symbols

The NBA Is Conflicted Over National Symbols

Feb 12, 2021

Thanks to a pandemic, the first full season of professional basketball in the US opened in arenas empty of spectators. For the players and staff present, the ritual of playing the national anthem before every game began to appear even more artificial and hyperreal than usual. Mark Cuban, the owner...

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