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Sunday, March 29, 2020
  • I’m a registered Democrat and mostly vote that way, albeit often without much enthusiasm. But we need a calm, functioning Republican Party to question infeasible progressive proposals and chart new, rational ones. Once Trump’s ...
  • I have seen the future — and it scares me. We face sharp, disorienting changes in at least three areas: cyber, coronavirus and climate. Until jolted, however, we drift along in denial and complacency. The three-C jolts have ...
  • Several American scholars and journalists predict that looming crises in China could change or even collapse the regime. We might call them “China pessimists.” Others, “China optimists,” argue that China’s Communist rulers have ...
  • How did Ukraine come to obsess us? Looking at our politics and media, one might think we had few other overseas concerns. Impeachment has fixated absurdly on Ukraine when there are bigger, worse presidential abuses ...
  • The killing of General Suleimani and Iran’s downing of a Ukrainian jetliner made both sides blink, pulling them back from the brink of war and giving diplomacy a fleeting chance. A proxy bombing next week, however, could renew ...
  • In May 1967, I left the U.S. Information Agency in Washington, where I had been learning Vietnamese, and went to the Associated Press in New York. The editors there, many experienced in the Middle East, sensed tensions building ...
  • The networks’ gavel-to-gavel coverage of every fuming, repetitive speech — on the theory that they were all “historic” — bored rather than informed. Many switched off. The Republicans have a point in claiming that President ...
  • 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) ...
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