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Forget North Korea: India and Pakistan are the Real Worry

Forget North Korea: India and Pakistan are the Real Worry

North Korea's nuclear threat to its southern neighbor pales by comparison to India-Pakistan tensions. The recent provocations from North Korea — missiles fired over Japan on August 29 and September 15, and a sixth nuclear weapon detonated on September 3 — have put the world on edge. With...

The President is a Ponzi Scheme

The President is a Ponzi Scheme

At home and abroad, Donald Trump's wealthy backers understand that his populist rhetoric is a masquerade. In 1993, I arrived one fall evening in the Romanian city of Cluj. The railway station was mysteriously full of people, and the city outside was crowded and frenetic. I was mystified. Why did...

Why is North Korea a Problem at All?

Why is North Korea a Problem at All?

Both the US and North Korea are making threats without any clear idea of what they are trying to achieve. The present cliff edge in US-North Korean relations stems from the Trump administration being solely focused on the symptom of the nuclear threat rather than the underlying disease that has...

What the US Should Avoid in Venezuela

What the US Should Avoid in Venezuela

America's Cold War-era policies won't work against Venezuela.  If the United States government was intent on choosing an ineffective and damaging response to the crisis in Venezuela, it need only use its foreign policy toward South and Central America during the Cold War as a blueprint....

Who’s a “Bad Jew”?

Who’s a “Bad Jew”?

Progressive Jewish groups are rising to criticize the Israeli occupation and fight fundamentalism in both Israel and the West. In the TV show Transparent, the Pfeffermans are an infuriating family. Mort, the patriarch, is transitioning to Maura, and much of the focus of the show is on the...

When Yazidi Leaders Speak

When Yazidi Leaders Speak

The Yazidis of the Middle East have been persecuted for centuries. But who are they? Since 2014, a unique ethno-religious community in northern Iraq/Kurdistan known as the Yazidis have been persecuted ruthlessly by the Islamic State (IS). The information within this article is built upon what...

A Dose of Moral Bankruptcy

A Dose of Moral Bankruptcy

In America, the message of cutting taxes for the wealthy to further erode government services to the poor and middle class has worked so well for the privileged so many times.  Republicans in the United States Congress are still mired in the morass of a major piece of tax legislation cleverly...

Why the Private Sector Must Save America

Why the Private Sector Must Save America

In this opinion piece, former Young & Rubicam Chairman and CEO Peter Georgescu reflects on the lost American Dream. Both politically and economically, we seem to have lost our bearings. The US economy grows more and more fractured, while solutions from all political tribes and ideologies are...

Is the Dragon Leading Us Into a New World Order?

Is the Dragon Leading Us Into a New World Order?

China's Belt and Road initiative has a strong potential to serve as a great source of regional integration, political stability and economic empowerment. Back in the year 2008, an illiterate seer in the remote Indian village of Rajasthan informed this author that “Saina” (a corrupted...

IIT Gandhinagar: An Oasis in India’s Higher Education Desert

IIT Gandhinagar: An Oasis in India’s Higher Education Desert

IIT Gandhinagar offers some key lessons for tackling the acute crisis in India’s higher education system. Readers must know at the outset that this author teaches at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN). Furthermore, this author greatly admires Sudhir Jain, the director of...

When Good People Do Nothing…

When Good People Do Nothing…

Everyone with a stake in the future of America must take it upon themselves to assist those who are marginalized. “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it,” Albert Einstein is quoted to have...

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