Republican Plan for Destroying ISIS

March 23, 2016

The next president’s first priority when it comes to defeating the Islamic State is to avoid making more strategic errors. The Republican presidential candidates have been the originators of some provocative sound bites in reference to battling the Islamic State (IS—also referred to as ISIS...

The Presidential Race We Deserve

March 02, 2016

Super Tuesday results on the Republican side show how little attention Americans pay to public policy. The political discourse of shouting, speaking in platitudes, making vague and nebulous claims, blatant lies, misinformation and xenophobia has dominated the Republican side of this election...

Poland’s Very Own Ted Cruz

February 24, 2016

By embracing a neoliberal, pro-austerity agenda, Poland’s mainstream left opened the way for a government of Polish Ted Cruzes. On a rainy day in April 1990, I journeyed to the outskirts of Warsaw to one of those functional communist-era apartment building complexes to meet with Antoni...

Republicans Miss the Point of 13 Hours

February 22, 2016

Will Michael Bay’s film prove to be a political success for the Republican Party? Director Michael Bay’s latest film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, has attracted the attention of the Republican Party, who view it as a condemnation of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as US secretary of...

The World This Week: Donald Trump is Scary, Ted Cruz is Terrifying

February 07, 2016

Donald Trump is a chest-thumping gorilla reminiscent of Mussolini, while Ted Cruz is a devious fanatic with similarities to Stalin, making him far more dangerous. After declaring that it has detonated a hydrogen bomb, North Korea has launched a long range rocket. This is making South Korea,...

Aggressive US Foreign Policy Will Produce a Hard-Headed President

February 03, 2016

US foreign policy is aggressive, parochial and hard-hearted. Unless voters finally demand differently, the next president will be the same. It’s often said that, in democracies, we get the leaders that we deserve. In the current slugfest masquerading as a presidential race in America, it looks...