The City on the Hill Has Lost Its Shine and Its Bounce

July 08, 2020

In a dramatic headline, Yahoo News expresses its surprise if not dismay that a “staggering 62 percent of Americans no longer see America as Ronald Reagan's 'shining city on a hill.'” Yahoo and YouGov published their poll to give an idea of the mood of the nation on this year’s Fourth of July...

Is 2020 the Year for America?

January 02, 2020

The year 2019 has ended. Traditions abound to celebrate the coming of a new year, and this time around a new decade. There seems to be some notion that celebrating the coming year will wash away all of the detritus of the year just ended and provide a clean slate for the...

The World This Week: Le Pen and Trump Rise Up

December 12, 2015

A global climate deal in Paris raises hopes even as the far-right gains influence in France and the US by preying on prejudice and targeting minorities. La grande nation is no longer that grand. In the previous century, it refused to see the writing on the wall and withdraw from its colonies...

Mandela: Gandhi’s Heir and Africa’s Greatest Son (Part 3/3)

December 11, 2013

Despite his flaws, Mandela is one of the greatest men of all time. A true test of greatness is whether a person can walk away from power. George Washington could have died in office but chose to retire to his plantation. Gandhi had a near-divine...

The Obama Administration and the Israel Lobby

May 03, 2013

Jerome Slater analyzes the power of the Israel lobby and argues that US support for Israel is the result of the convergence of a wide range of factors, not solely determined by the Israel lobby. In light of Israeli rigidity and continuing expansion into the Palestinian territories of East...