Category: Opinion

A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’ 0

A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’

Jeffrey Goldberg – theatlantic.com Many of Donald Trump’s critics find it difficult to ascribe to a president they consider to be both subliterate and historically insensate a foreign-policy doctrine that approaches coherence. A Trump Doctrine...

What Trump Gets Right About Europe 0

What Trump Gets Right About Europe

By Jochen Bittner – nytimes.com HAMBURG, Germany — Most people can agree that international affairs should not be conducted by tweet — especially when the tweeter in question is Donald Trump. Among other reasons, it’s easy...

Trump’s Approach to Kim Is Amoral. Also, It May Work. 0

Trump’s Approach to Kim Is Amoral. Also, It May Work.

Leonid Bershidsky – bloomberg.com Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un didn’t agree on anything of global importance, and the grandiose photo opportunity that took place in Singapore probably benefited Kim more than it did Trump. But the...

Plans to ban photos of Israeli soldiers will stain the country’s reputation even further 0

Plans to ban photos of Israeli soldiers will stain the country’s reputation even further

James Rodgers – theconversation.com That evening, the sun sank swiftly. The tank which blocked our way was briefly silhouetted by the last sharp rays, before it disappeared into the gloom. It was still there, but...

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Donald Trump’s New World Order

How the President, Israel, and the Gulf states plan to fight Iran—and leave the Palestinians and the Obama years behind. By Adam Entous On the afternoon of December 14, 2016, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador...

Qatar crisis creates ‘new’ Gulf with no winners 0

Qatar crisis creates ‘new’ Gulf with no winners

DOHA (AFP) –  The year-old acrimonious dispute between Qatar and its neighbours is forging a “new” Gulf, potentially transforming what was a stable region of the Arab world, experts warn. It has shattered old alliances...

Has Trump actually spoken directly to Kim Jong Un? South Korea says he should. 0

Has Trump actually spoken directly to Kim Jong Un? South Korea says he should.

Adam Taylor – washingtonpost Since the beginning of the year, President Trump has refused to answer questions about whether he had spoken directly to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. At the same time, however, he has...

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The Age of Insecurity

Can Democracy Save Itself? By Ronald Inglehart Over the past decade, many marginally democratic countries have become increasingly authoritarian. And  authoritarian, xenophobic populist movements have grown strong enough to threaten democracy’s long-term health in several rich, established democracies, including France, Germany,...

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The Big Shift

How American Democracy Fails Its Way to Succes By Walter Russell Mead As Americans struggle to make sense of a series of uncomfortable economic changes and disturbing political developments, a worrying picture emerges: of ineffective politicians, frequent scandals, racial backsliding, polarized and...

Russia Sets Out to Sanction Western Sanctions 0

Russia Sets Out to Sanction Western Sanctions

Leonid Bershidsky Just as investment banks are cutting their growth forecasts for Russia because of a growing likelihood of new U.S. sanctions, Russian legislators are looking for a strong response. A proposal that could...

What’s Next with Iran? 0

What’s Next with Iran?

David Ignatius So what’s next with Iran? Even if you think President Trump has made a big mistake in withdrawing from the nuclear agreement, as I do, that’s not the end of the story....

Palestinians have no choice but to continue the fight 0

Palestinians have no choice but to continue the fight

By Noura Erakat — Washington Post Over the past month-and-a-half, thousands of Palestinians in Gaza have taken part in a series of weekly protests called the Great Return March, culminating on Tuesday with Nakba...

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AI in banking: the reality behind the hype

The industry is taking a cautious approach in spite of excitement about new technology The Big Read Artificial intelligence and robotics    https://www.ft.com/content/b497a134-2d21-11e8-a34a-7e7563b0b0f4   Laura Noonan in London APRIL 12, 201 Deutsche Bank chief...

Don’t Trash the Nuclear Deal! 0

Don’t Trash the Nuclear Deal!

Patrick J. Buchanan – antiwar This next week may determine whether President Trump extricates us from that cauldron of conflict that is the Middle East, as he promised, or plunges us even deeper into...

America’s Unsustainable Empire 0

America’s Unsustainable Empire

Patrick J. Buchanan – antiwar Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win...