Opinion

Make internationalism great again

Liberal leaders must offer voters a different narrative about national identity and national greatness. Dalibor Rohac AEI Across the West, nationalism has been appropriated by political forces that are isolationist, illiberal, and protectionist. For proponents of open societies… Make internationalism great… Read More »

Goodbye, Barack Obama; Hello, Israel

With Obama’s departure, Israel loses a friend but gains an opportunity. Shai Feldman and Amos Harel The National Interest   Addressing the delegates to the AIPAC National Conference on March 21, 2016, then candidate for president Donald Trump asserted that President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe… Goodbye, Barack Obama… Read More »

America Must Rethink Its Assumptions about Russia

From energy and politics to Syria and Ukraine. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest I rarely find myself nodding in full agreement with Masha Gessen’s writings, but her critique of the deficiencies of the U.S. analytic community in terms of the inquiries into Moscow’s efforts to sway the 2016 American elections is… America Must Rethink Its… Read More »

John Pilger: The Issue Is Not Donald Trump. It Is Us.

Donald Trump. for all his flaws, is not Barack Obama, an American president who has set new lows in foreign slaughter and the transfer of wealth from the poor to the mega-rich, writes John Pilger. John Pilger New Matilda On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. “In order for us to heal and… John Pilger: The Issue Is Not… Read More »

See you in Davos (not)

It’s hard to find examples of how the World Economic Forum lives up to its motto of ‘improving the state of the world.’ Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — As with most fashions, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment Davos began to lose its mojo. Was it when Brangelina showed… See you in… Read More »

How Palestinian left hopes to renew political system

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Al-Monitor met with Jamil Mezher, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s political bureau, at his office in Gaza City. Rasha Abou Jalal Al Monitor Among the several Palestinian issues he discussed in the interview were the decline of Arab and Palestinian leftism at the expense of the advancement of Islamist movements, the most efficient Palestinian tools to resist Israel, the… How Palestinian left hopes to… Read More »

Obama’s legacy in Asia

After six years of major foreign policy effort, it is clear Obama failed in his Pivot to Asia. Richard Javad Heydarian Al Jazeera News “[B]y almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started,” declared US president Barack Hussein Obama in his emotional farewell speech. “After all, we remain the wealthiest, most powerful, and… Obama’s legacy in… Read More »

What will be the cost of Aleppo victory for Damascus?

This is the third in a series of stories from Al-Monitor correspondent Fehim Tastekin, who has been traveling in Syria. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor ALEPPO, Syria — As I was walking around the fortress of Aleppo last week, some officials were hoisting the Syrian flag. They insisted that I… What will be the cost of… Read More »

How Barack Obama paved the way for Donald Trump

Don’t blame it all on racism. During the financial crash Obama sided with the bankers, not people losing their homes – making Trump’s victory possible Gary Younge The Guardian To celebrate its 225th anniversary, the US Mint and Treasury last week unveiled plans to issue a 24-carat commemorative coin depicting Lady Liberty as an African-American woman. With full lips and… How Barack Obama paved… Read More »

Beijing’s smog: A tale of two cities

Beijing (CNN)The first thing Jiang Wang does when she wakes up in the morning is check on her daughter to make sure she’s breathing clean air. Joshua Berlinger, Steve George and Serenitie Wang CNN Next, it’s time to start making breakfast. She’s already made sure all the groceries come from an organic farm. She’ll wash her produce with… Beijing’s smog: A tale of… Read More »

Which Martin Luther King Are We Celebrating Today?

Newburyport, Mass. — Every year on the third Monday of January, Americans of all races, backgrounds and ideologies celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jason Sokol The New York Times He is rightly lionized and sanctified by whites as well as blacks, by Republicans as well as Democrats. It is easy to forget that, until…. Which Martin Luther King… Read More »

Why Trump, and Asia, need Randy Forbes as US Navy secretary

One man sticks out as having the knowledge, experience and expertise to confront the naval challenges America faces in Asia, writes Harry J. Kazianis Harry J. Kazianis Asia Times As the world takes stock of the upcoming transfer of power in Washington, DC, the US military faces tremendous challenges to what seemed, for a time, its limitless ability to project power around the globe and protect its… Why Trump, and Asia, need… Read More »

Immigration should not divide black and Latinx people

Undocumented immigration is not a Latinx-only phenomenon and should not be a Latinx-only concern. Jason Nichols Al Jazeera News Only days away from the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, much of the discourse of his incoming administration has surrounded the building of a wall between the US and its longtime ally, Mexico. Trump made undocumented… Immigration should not… Read More »