The Other Palestine: How Long Can Occupation Be the Answer?

January 29, 2018

Ordinary Palestinians say they understand Israel's security goals. But they feel these policies are applied with irrational, random vengeance against the innocent. After President Donald Trump's announcement on December 6, 2017, that the US embassy in Israel would be moved to Jerusalem, images...

What Does the Future Hold for Trumponomics?

January 29, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to the economist and resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, Desmond Lachman.  With President Donald Trump having completed his first year in the Oval Office, the discussion on what his administration managed to achieve when...

The Case that Trump Is, Well, Evil

January 25, 2018

Donald Trump isn’t just incompetent, and his agenda isn’t just bad: it’s evil. Evil is a popular topic in Hollywood, from The Evil Dead franchise to Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies. But evil makes only the occasional cameo in the US policy realm. In the early 1990s, the topic of...

Government Shutdown and Partisanship in America

January 23, 2018

It’s happened again: For lack of a budget, the US government has been forced to shut down. Government shutdowns have become an unfortunate by-product of American democracy. This one, which began at midnight, January 20 — ironically the one year anniversary of President Trump’s...

There Are No “Shithole Countries”

January 22, 2018

Donald Trump does not understand that the value of a human being is not linked to their country of origin. President Donald Trump’s reported reference to “shithole countries” in a White House meeting with congressional leaders shocked and angered many in the US and around the world. His...

North Korea Is Walking Back War

January 12, 2018

Pundits seem more concerned about the North driving a "wedge" between the US and the South than about preventing nuclear war. In talks this week at the DMZ, South Korea welcomed the participation of North Korea in the upcoming Winter Olympics. The two countries also discussed restarting reunions...

What If Oprah Does Run?

January 12, 2018

The fungibility of power, converting fame and gravitas into a nomination and 270 electoral votes, remains an open question. The latest tremor in what has become the earthquake of American presidential politics comes in the form of billionaire media titan Oprah Winfrey's rumored exploration of a...

Welcome to the Birthplace of Trumpism

January 04, 2018

Eastern Europe led the way with the kind of right-wing "populism" that now occupies the White House. He was a rich businessman, an outspoken outsider with a love of conspiracy theories. And he was a populist running for president. In 1990, when Donald Trump was still beyond the furthest...

Israel, Palestine and the Greatest Deal Ever

December 20, 2017

In order to get the Israelis and the Saudis on the same page in a united front against the Iranians, the Palestine question needs to be resolved. For Donald Trump, it was a carefully constructed and nuanced announcement: “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the...

Trump Makes Space for Russia in the Middle East

December 19, 2017

Trump's effort to project American interests in the Middle East has been a disaster — to Russia's benefit. Russia’s strategy in the Middle East is infinitely more perceptive and successful than the incoherent American effort. President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit is a good example of...

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