The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Bleak” Times in America

September 27, 2018

MSNBC is too caught up in the daily cycle of reporting about the Trump disaster to waste time on understanding and unpacking history. MSNBC, like Fox News, has a worldview that can never be questioned on the air and which may well be even more black and white than that of Fox News. It clings to...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Happiness” for Girls and Women

September 25, 2018

Girls in the UK are increasingly unhappy. But what group in our narcissistic culture isn’t? Girlguiding, a British charity, has done a study of girls in the United Kingdom that may have implications for our understanding of one of the major trends in Western civilization itself, beyond girls...

How Can Social Media Firms Tackle Hate Speech?

September 23, 2018

Social media companies want to create a “safe” environment for users, and yet they would like to be seen as upholding the American value of free speech. When it comes to hate speech, what should they do? For years, social media companies have done relatively little to keep hate speech off of...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Doomsayer” for India

September 21, 2018

India sees growing uncertainty as the rupee is failing and confidence in Modi’s government waning. Ruling parties tend to be optimistic and point to the silver lining whenever a looming crisis appears on the horizon. Al Jazeera describes the continuing weakness of the Indian rupee and what it...

Could Washington Dismantle UNRWA?

September 20, 2018

The Trump administration has a deeper and darker agenda than simply reviving peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. On August 31, the Trump administration announced that it was suspending all financial support for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). In...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Is Trump “Open-Minded”?

September 20, 2018

Bill Gates actually believes Donald Trump has a mind and that it’s open for philanthropic business. At least one famous and influential person, Bill Gates, is willing to step up and recognize the intellectual merits of Donald Trump, currently excoriated by even senior members of his...

For Facebook and Twitter, the World Is Not Flat

September 18, 2018

Facebook, Twitter and Google have no option but to clean up their act before India decides to log off. In front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, social media bosses Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey recently defended their companies against allegations of misuse. Russian interference in US...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Entertainment” with Steve Bannon

September 18, 2018

Does The Economist really think Steve Bannon can help define an “open future”? On September 15, The Economist inaugurated its Open Future festival, a global media event linking Hong Kong, London and New York. Its announced, noble intention was “to grapple with the most urgent issues of our...

The Reuters Case in Myanmar Is a Wake Up Call

September 08, 2018

For all those who remain deeply committed to Myanmar’s reform process, the Reuters case is yet another wake up call. The government of Myanmar and its de facto head, Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, are facing renewed international condemnation after two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and...

Iraq Is Part of John McCain’s Legacy

August 30, 2018

The “straight talk” people praise John McCain for is actually what most of them can’t stand about politicians: They say noble words but cast ignoble votes. In the last days of his life, an old video of John McCain surfaced on the internet. It’s 2008. He’s running for president and...

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