Hurricane Maria Killed as Many American Citizens as 9/11 Did
On Aug. 28, 2018, the Milken Institute School of Public Health released a study concluding with 95-percent confidence that Hurricane Maria had led to the “excess” deaths of between 2,658 and 3,290 U.S. citizens on the island of Puerto Rico. It so happens that the average figure of 2,975... Read more
From Peace to Armageddon
When I first traveled to Israel-Palestine in 1994, during the heady early days of the Oslo peace process, I was expecting to see more of the joyful celebrations I’d watched on television at home. The emotional welcoming of Palestinian Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat back to Palestine. The massive... Read more
After Donald Trump

After Donald Trump

WIB politics September 13, 2018

Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45th U.S. president may last another few weeks, another year or another 16 months.  However unsettling the prospect, the leaky vessel that is the S.S. Trump might even manage to stay afloat for a second term. Nonetheless, recent headline-making revelations suggest that, like some... Read more
Holding the Line on Torture
Sometimes the good guys do win. That’s what happened on Aug. 8, 2018 in San Francisco when the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association decided to extend a policy keeping its members out of the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The APA’s decision is important... Read more
A Simple Equation Proves the U.S. Armed Forces Have Triumphed in the War on Terror
4,000,000,029,057. Remember that number. It’s going to come up again later. But let’s begin with another number entirely. 145,000 — as in, 145,000 uniformed soldiers striding down Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue. That’s the number of troops who marched down that very street in May 1865 after the United States defeated... Read more
F-35 Program Still Cutting Corners to ‘Complete’ Development
Officials in the F-35 Joint Program Office are making paper reclassifications of potentially life-threatening design flaws to make them appear less serious, likely in an attempt to prevent the $1.5-trillion program from blowing through another schedule deadline and budget cap. The Center for Defense Information at the Project On... Read more
The World Turns … Without America
One thing already seems clear in the Donald Trump era. The world will not turn out to be the American president’s playground.  His ultra-unilateralist, rejectionist policies on trade, the Iran denuclearization agreement, the costs of defense and climate change are already creating an incipient anti-Trump movement globally — and... Read more
How Likely Are Trade Wars to Become Shooting Wars?
The United States has experienced a wider and faster shift on basic questions of trade policy in less than two years than in the previous seven decades. From a broad bipartisan consensus in favor of liberalized free trade guaranteed by multilateral agreements — a consensus long contested by politically... Read more
Beijing’s Bid For Global Power
As the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and sixth of Xi Jinping’s draws to a close, the world seems to be witnessing one of those epochal clashes that can change the contours of global power. Just as conflicts between American president Woodrow Wilson and British prime minister Lloyd... Read more
Turks Dislike America
In early 2018, the editor of the ultra-nationalist pro-government Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak unequivocally called the United States an enemy of Turkey. America, Ibrahim Karagül wrote, is “a serious threat to our country’s existence, its unity, integrity, present and the future. It is carrying out an open attack, and an... Read more
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