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Return of the Dark Ages?

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Recently, in these pages, Spengler (David Goldman) used the examples of right-wing homosexual Milos Yiannopoulos and Chinese classical pianist Yuja Wang to illustrate the collapse of the value-system painstakingly erected over centuries by a fusion of Judeo-Christian morality and Greco-Roman ethics. Norman A. Bailey Asia Times Also recently, Pankaj Mishra published a book entitled Age of Anger: A History of the Present, in which he proclaims the end of the era of “enlightenment” and the dawn of a new, but ... Read More »

John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview

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John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard. Aaron Blake The Washington Post During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump’s worldview and… McCain didn’t… John McCain just… Read More »

The Cold War returns to the high seas

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(CNN) – The Russian Navy surveillance vessel SSV-175 Viktor Leonov is reportedly cruising international waters off the East Coast of the United States. James Holmes CNN Ho, hum. Viktor Leonov first… The Cold War… Read More »

Why are some black Africans considered white Americans?

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Sudanese Americans do not fit neatly into the existing racial classifications of the American society. Hind Makki Al Jazeera News I always knew I was black. My childhood was… Why are some… Read More »

The case for collaborating on climate change

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International collaboration and holistic responses are our best way forward in the fight against climate change. Ed Davey Al Jazeera News Last month the UK Prime Minister Theresa May reminded senior Republicans in Philadelphia of the power and importance of the relationship between Britain and the United States. She argued that… The case for… Read More »

World community sizes up a diminished Trump

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For the world at large, the resignation by the US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on Monday is not about an obscure 19th century law that defines a phone conversation between him and the Russian ambassador. M.K. Bhadrakumar Asia Times What it conveys are three things. First, the US… World community sizes… Read More »

America’s Crisis Of Democracy Looks Shockingly Like Poland’s

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What’s happening in the era of Trump almost seems like déjà vu for this European country. Christian Borys, Oskar Górzyński The Huffington Post  WARSAW, Poland ― U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration and the subsequent deluge of shocking events that followed have set the… Many Americans are concerned that their country is going down an alarming and unprecedented path, as… America’s Crisis Of… Read More »

Democracy Promotion Is Smart Security Policy

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Domestic divisions and propaganda offensives undermine U.S. interests. Adrian A. Basora and Kenneth Yalowitz The National Interest We cannot “make America great again” unless America is secure both at home and in its global position. But what does… Democracy Promotion Is… Read More »

NATO survival will depend on Germany

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Europe is $100 billion short of strategic autonomy. Fabrice Pothier Politico Berlin could close that gap. The United States will… NATO survival will… Read More »

An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump’s Mental State

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To the Editor: Fevered media speculation about Donald Trump’s psychological motivations and psychiatric diagnosis has recently encouraged mental health professionals to disregard the usual ethical constraints against diagnosing public figures at a distance. They have sponsored several petitions and a Feb. 14 letter to The New York Times suggesting that Mr. Trump is incapable, on psychiatric grounds, of serving as president. Most amateur diagnosticians have mislabeled President Trump with the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. I wrote the criteria that ... Read More »

What Did Trump Know, and When Did He Know It?

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During the Watergate scandal, until now the most outrageous political scandal in American history, the crucial question was drawled by Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” Nicholas Kristof The New York Times Today the question is the same. This is not about Mike Flynn. It is about the president who… What Did Trump… Read More »

Flynn, Russia and the World of Conspiracy Thinking

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Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has a well deserved reputation for conspiracy thinking. Melvin Goodman CounterPunch Presumably he will assume that the U.S. intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the.. Ironically, the Kremlin, which has lived historically in a… Flynn, Russia and… Read More »

Defense Secretary Mattis issues new ultimatum to NATO allies on defense spending

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BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum Wednesday to allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, warning that if they do not boost their defense spending to goals set by the… Dan Lamothe and Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the… Defense Secretary Mattis… Read More »

Wolves in nationalist clothing

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It’s time to unmask the so-called champions of the ‘left behind.’ Peter Pomeratsev Politico LONDON — Nationalists versus globalists. Traditionalists versus multiculturalists… Wolves in nationalist… Read More »

China’s creating, not stealing, US jobs; See the EB-5 visa

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President Trump’s recent travel ban executive order and the xenophobic rhetoric that peppered his campaign show that anti-immigrant sentiment is running high in America. Carly O’Connell Asia Times Trump and his followers believe that immigrants and China are stealing American jobs. Well, I want to… China’s creating, not… Read More »

Calling ‘Islamophobia’ what it is: Anti-Muslim

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As anti-Muslim tendencies in the Western world continue to worsen, calling the situation Islamophobia no longer suffices as it fails to emphasize or define the alarming severity of the situation correctly Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah In her book “On the Muslim Question,” Professor Anne Norton says that the Jewish question shaped the 19th century and that now the Muslim question has replaced it in our century. The book most… Calling ‘Islamophobia’ what… Read More »