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Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Putin took what he wanted from Ukraine and is keeping it. No one tries to dislodge him. Lost among the impeachable aspects of Trump’s Ukraine plots is the fact that Putin — now twenty years in power — has won in Ukraine. Trump will ...
  • What the French call “professional deformation” means that immersion in the usages and habits of one’s career warps individuals. The well-learned procedures of one profession may be dysfunctional in another. It sounds ...
  • Worldwide, people are fuming. Almost as if copying playbooks from neighboring countries, crowds defy authority and denounce established elites. The protesters include citizens from most social categories, even the well-off....
  • Isolationism is back. The White House figures that few voters care about Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds or foreign policy in general. Trump beams that he is fulfilling his promise to get us out of endless Mideast wars. Democratic “debaters” ...
  • Impeaching President Trump is all well and good. He brought it on himself with his repeated extralegal arrogance. But Trump’s departure, either by impeachment or election, will leave us snarling face-to-face with Russia and China....
  • An odd appearance on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show foreshadowed the current clash between a whistleblower and the White House. It suggests the so-called “deep state” much abused by President Trump is striking back....
  • I have an ethical dilemma over Donald Trump. As a professor, I taught and practiced fairness, accuracy and balance. So how do I handle a president who despises all of these? Intellectual honesty demands I admit that he is more symptom ...
  • Three worsening simultaneous crises — Hong Kong, Kashmir and Israel-Iran — could trigger general conflagrations. Xi Jinping readies paramilitary police to crush Hong Kong democracy protests. India’s Hindu nationalist regime uses ...
  • Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide was his last swindle: cheating his victims of their day in court. His death, convenient for some, begs for conspiracy theories, which are not always wrong. The opposite of conspiracy theory is naive credulity ...
  • Brexit has ripped apart the United Kingdom, warning us how nations may, through a series of political blunders, degrade themselves. America should worry. Stable, commonsense Britain — never a fully accurate picture ...
  • “Send her back!” smells of the 1935 Nuremberg Racial Laws with which the Nazis began their elimination of Germany’s Jews — by declaring them non-German. Today, racist convictions that bloodlines determine intelligence and ...
  • We’ve been to the brink before. This time, Trump’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal could push us over. John Foster Dulles, Ike’s secretary of state (1953–59), foreshadowed the present administration: appear to go to the ...
  • The real tragedy of China’s gradual erasure of Hong Kong’s relative freedom and rule of law is that it is rooted in geography and history and hard to reverse. The British owned Hong Kong Island since the First Opium War (1839 – 42) ...
  • Everybody hates robocalls — 48 billion last year, nearly half of all calls and getting worse — and Do Not Call is laughably ineffective. Why then is making this a political issue so delayed? Is the telemarketing industry so powerful that they ...
  • No doubt about it: The country is badly divided. Each day’s news seems worse than the day before. But are we nearing a crack-up? Could missteps in the economy or foreign policy spiral out of control and lead to despair and collapse ...
  • Two instant books became wildcards that impacted our politics. The 1971 Pentagon Papers illuminated the deceptions of the Vietnam War. The current Mueller Report illuminates the magnitude of Russian electoral interference....
  • The U.S. faces two cyberthreats — Russian “sweeping and systematic” electoral interference, as the Mueller report described it, and ethno-nationalists bent on violence. These evil twins depend on the internet and social media for their ...
  • Fragmentary signs point to another economic downturn. Here are my non-economist’s fears regarding what could turn a moderate recession into one rivaling 2008. 1. New investment gimmick. Before the 2008 financial collapse, investors ...
  • A dozen or so years ago the internet was hailed as the perfect tool to bring down dictatorships, build democracy and prosperity, and interconnect the world. But cyberpessimism has replaced cyberoptimism. Now we fear that the ’net ...
  • College-admissions trickery reflects the shallow transactional mentality surrounding us. It degrades universities’ prestige and the purpose of higher education. Parents too eagerly presume big payoffs in smarts, earnings and ...
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