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Bracing for a Surge of Trumpism in the Twilight of the Pandemic

More infectious strains of Trumpism are emerging for which we haven't yet developed a vaccine.
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The Pitfalls of U.S.-South Korean Economic Cooperation

Seoul and Washington should be working together to bring China on board for the kind of economic transformation that the planet so desperately needs.
President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko speaks to people

Democracy: On the Precipice?

If we extrapolate from the current trend lines, democracy will be gone in a couple decades, melted away like the polar ice. But although down, democracy is not out.
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They're Not Conservatives, They're Extremists

By mislabelling the radical members of the Republican Party "conservative," the mainstream media gives them a veneer of respectability.
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What Is Joe Biden's Israel Policy, Exactly?

The Biden administration thought it could muddle through with the usual pro-Israel platitudes, but rising awareness of Israeli apartheid is making that impossible.
Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel Palestine conflict

Netanyahu Soldiers On

The only winner in the perennial confrontation between Israel and Hamas: Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli air strikes on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 12, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib

Understanding Israel’s Latest Attack on Gaza — and Who Benefits

Netanyahu’s political troubles — and an arms industry eager to battle test new wares on Gazans — may help explain the latest escalation of violence.
herd immunity and coronavirus

What’s up With the Herd?

The United States won’t achieve herd immunity because a significant portion of the herd is suffering from mad cow disease.
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Immigrants to the Rescue

For countries facing a demographic crisis, immigrants are the answer.
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America Hacks Itself

The Cold War has already turned hot — on the Internet.
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Afghanistan’s Green Future?

Can Afghanistan's mineral wealth finance a transition to a carbon-neutral future?
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The Spread Of Global Hate

Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter helped right-wing populists take power. Can they now help rein them in?
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International Law Uncanceled

The Biden administration lifted sanctions against the International Criminal Court. It's not enough.
A volunteer at a Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McCallen Texas smiles at a Central American refugee and her child

If Impoverished Countries Can Host Millions of Refugees, the U.S. Can Welcome a Few Thousand

The factors that drive displacement are often complex, but welcoming refugees isn't.
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Is the Long War Finally Ending?

Withdrawing several thousand U.S. troops from Afghanistan is just the tip of the iceberg.
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How Biden Looks at the World

The Biden administration's approach of "multilateral restoration" has many virtues compared to the last four years of MAGA. But it has considerable shortcomings as well.
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18 Years of Invasion in Iraq

We must end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the next time our leaders argue for the necessity of war, it’s up to us to resist.
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We Passed an American Rescue Plan. Next Up: The Global Rescue Plan.

The American Rescue Act is an extraordinary shot in the arm for the U.S. economy. Now let's help the rest of the world get vaccinated.
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China and the Perils of Bipartisanship

Democrats expect Republican support for an upcoming infrastructure bill. They're pitching it as anti-China.
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Multilateralism and the Biden Administration

The Biden Administration should help create stronger, more equitable, and more democratic multilateral structures at the international and regional level.

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In the News

America First

94.1 KPFA | April 7, 2019

His View: Iran vs. North Korea: Obama got a better deal

Moscow-Pullman Daily News | July 19, 2018

Will North Korea and the US Find Trust?

Sputnik News | May 4, 2018

Najib Razak: A Kleptocrat Skilled at the Game

Asia Sentinel | April 6, 2018

US Soldiers "Waging Peace" in Exhbition

Vietnam News | March 19, 2018

Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?

The Real News Network | February 18, 2018

Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?

The Real News Network | February 17, 2018

No nation-building in Afghanistan? Easier said than done, experts say

The Greenfield (MA) Recorder | August 22, 2017