The Media Embrace the Martyrdom of Afghan Women

September 08, 2021

How long will it take to understand what “politics as usual” means in Afghanistan? Following the Taliban’s near-complete takeover of the country, there are no answers, much speculation and more questions emerging every day that goes by. A government has now been officially announced, but...

After Afghanistan, How Probable Is Peace?

September 07, 2021

As the world speculates about the future of Afghanistan, some key figures in the West — with a vested interest in how things evolve militarily — are today claiming to show the clairvoyance that has consistently failed them in the past. Many have criticized President Joe Biden’s...

Will the Taliban End Up Under the Influence?

September 06, 2021

Yahoo News Senior Editor Mike Bebernes asks the big question on everyone’s mind after the American debacle in Afghanistan: “Does the U.S. have any real leverage over the Taliban?” After summarizing the immediate political background of the topic, he compares the speculative answers of a...

Right Think: Jane Austen Against Terrorism

September 03, 2021

A creative British judge has demonstrated how judgments in criminal cases need not be about meting out humiliating, painful punishment to the guilty. In the case of 21-year-old Ben John, accused of acts identifying him as a “terror risk,” the punishment prescribed by Judge Timothy Spencer QC...

The US Tries to Make a Fine Distinction in Afghanistan

September 02, 2021

The US special representative, Zalmay Khalilzad, who served as the Bush administration’s ambassador to Afghanistan and later to the United Nations, has delivered his post-mortem on America’s two-decade-long war in Afghanistan. On August 30, he tweeted: “Our war in Afghanistan is over. Our...

Some Boots on the Ground Leave Odd Footprints

August 30, 2021

Most people consider the trillions of dollars spent by the Americans on military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq to have been a waste of money and the sign of a failed vision. When US President Joe Biden reasoned that it was time to put a stop to the spending, he claimed it had long ago achieved...

US Media Amplifies Afghan Chaos

August 25, 2021

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary appears today in its final August weekly edition containing multiple items taken from a variety of contexts. The daily format returns next Monday. The Fading Horizon of US Middle East Politics US foreign policy has always sought effective metaphors intended to...

Questions on Which No One Agrees: Infrastructure, Cuba and Jobs

August 18, 2021

In August, the Daily Devil’s Dictionary appears in a single weekly edition containing multiple items taken from a variety of contexts. Obama Hosts the Jet Set While Biden Plays the Propeller As Barack Obama held a lavish do at his Martha’s Vineyard manor, US President Joe Biden tweeted...

In China, Cuba and Ohio, Reform and Inertia Go to Battle

August 12, 2021

In August, the Daily Devil’s Dictionary appears in a single weekly edition containing multiple items taken from a variety of contexts. This week, before glancing at political division in the US, we look at what is shaping up to be a game-changing development in China. Bloomberg’s reporters...

When Technology Cancels Anonymity

July 30, 2021

Only days after The Washington Post’s startling revelations of abuse by various governments using Israeli firm NSO’s Pegasus spyware, Axios reports on the case of a Catholic Church official in the US, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, who resigned after being shamed as apparently gay by the Catholic...

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