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Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • 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 ...
  • President Trump’s abbreviated Hanoi meeting with Kim Jong Un reveals again the limits of personal diplomacy. After 2017’s “fire and fury,” Trump in early 2018 abruptly welcomed a summit with Kim. Trump basked in Singapore’s ...
  • Great to be back! My dissertation supervisor at American University, Marian Irish, always used to say that political issues routinely changed sides when the previous minority party won elections. Then the newly ousted party would ...
  • Socialism, thought to have died years ago, is strangely reviving. Or at least people calling themselves “democratic socialists” are starting to rock the Democratic Party. This first appeared in 2016 with Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose . . .
  • Our war in Afghanistan, which started in October 2001, will soon be older than our youngest soldiers. Endless, unwinnable Middle East conflicts have left Americans frustrated and impatient. Candidate Trump vowed to keep us out of these . . .
  • How quickly the June 12 Singapore fiasco with North Korea has vanished from the media! For a few days, Trump looked foolish but obscured it with the NATO, England and Putin meetings and Kavanaugh nomination. . . .
  • Malcolm Gladwell argued in his 2000 “The Tipping Point” that slowly building trends let things stay pretty much the same until some relatively small incident tips them into major change. Are we approaching a “Trumping Point” in . . .
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