What Really Makes America Great

May 11, 2020

This year’s US presidential election is likely to unleash the most polarizing discourse we’ve seen in decades. We’re likely to hear both sides use extreme labels like fascist, socialist and racist. We’ve already seen a clear schism between the parties and an equally deep-seated hostility...

Making America White Again?

October 03, 2019

August 2009: I press the doorbell. The dimness of the inner light and oriental fragrances give me a pleasant surprise. African jewelry hangs from the walls and Persian carpets pave the ground. I close my eyes. With the frantic speed of remembrance, music transports me to the alleys of Istanbul,...

Smart Brainbelts, Not Donald Trump, Are Making America Great Again

July 29, 2019

In 2016, Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker published “The Smartest Places on Earth.” Van Agtmael, a personal friend and a donor to Fair Observer, asked me to review the book. Unfortunately, day-to-day writing, editorial and administrative tasks in a crazy year ensured that this fell off the...

How a Nation Gets the Bill of Rights Wrong

March 01, 2019

Does US culture’s problem of defining words explain the current state of political confusion? The Daily Devil's Dictionary reports. Perhaps the two most problematic words in the English language in the US are “amendment” and “right.” The Washington Post reports on what is being called...

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Will Donald Trump Bring Change to America?

November 13, 2016

We cannot fault the American people for believing that Donald Trump might, this time, represent a change. I spent the night of November 8 consoling my mother, increasingly befuddled as she was enraged, that things are not as bad as they may appear, with the map of the United States turning...