BLOGS


  • Weekend Roundup: For China And The U.S., The Solution Is In The Problem Harvard’s Graham Allison worries that China and the U.S. risk falling into the “Thucydides Trap” ― named after the historian who chronicled the conflict between ancient Athens and Sparta ― in which rivalry between rising and established powers inevitably leads to war. More often than not, Allison’s research shows, similar rivalries throughout history have held to ...
  • The Senate Story That Everyone is Missing While everyone is focused on Neil Gorsuch, the Trump Administration may be about to deliver the coup de grace to the executive branch’s slow evisceration of the Senate’s constitutional competence over America’s international treaties. On 4 November 2016, the Paris Climate Agreement entered into force. Four days later, Donald Trump was elected President of the ...
  • A Message Was Sent In Syria, But Let’s Hope That’s Where This Ends In 2012, President Obama now famously warned Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad that any use of chemical weapons would constitute the metaphorical crossing of a “red line” and would be met with military action. He began systematically drone bombing in Syria and arming the rebel forces fighting Assad, but he did not make the kind of grand ...
  • You Can Now Bet On Trump’s Next Controversy function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Donald Trump’s presidency has been painfully unpredictable. Presumably he’s got a plan but the world is struggling to keep up. Just yesterday, Trump launched a direct attack on Syria without notifying Congress. It’s an action that’s left most Americans with many questions about what happens next. It’s that unpredictability that ...
  • Trump’s Syria Strike Will Do More Good Than Harm After the U.S. launched nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles into Syria, do we face the threat of the U.S. and Russia being dragged into a great power conflict? Probably not. In fact, the strike makes sense as a strategic signal that the U.S. can use as leverage in moving Russia. With this strike, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration conveys its willingness ...
  • Love Letter From Natal, Brazil Originally published on Gays With Kids, by Erika Prins Simonds. Ewerton Brito, 43, and Jonathan Dantas, 32, are dads to 5-year-old Matheus in Natal, Brazil. In this interview, Ewerton, a professor at the Universidad Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, shares their story of becoming a family – and what gay family life is like in ...
  • Together We Can Be Heard: A Video For President Trump “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel “It takes no compromise to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey ...
  • U.S. Involvement In Syria And The Value Of Soft Power Doing nothing when war crimes are committed is immoral. It is also bad policy. But a response to war crimes such as those perpetrated by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad must be more than a display of righteousness; it must become an element of a broader foreign policy initiative. This is the challenge facing the Trump ...
  • Aurora Theater Trial Prosecutor, Now Running For Colorado Governor, Misrepresents Jury’s Decision On a right-wing radio show Wednesday, Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler said he was one juror away from getting a death-penalty verdict against the Aurora theater shooter. But as the prosecutor in the case, Brauchler was actually three votes away, according to multiple jurors and a previous statement by Brauchler himself. On KNUS 710-AM’s Peter Boyles ...
  • It’s Not Too Soon, Hillary. You’re Just In Time. Last week, I read an op-ed by Timothy Stanley on CNN.com suggesting that it’s too soon for Hillary Clinton to be back out in public. He said Democrats need more time to move on ― that her presence back on the main stage is a distraction and deterrent for the party moving forward. As the president ...
  • Donald Trump And Syria: How We Got Here And What Comes Next April is indeed the cruelest month, especially for despots who have massacred five hundred thousand of their people and turned four million citizens into refugees. For the countless Syrians displaced by Bashar al-Assad’s barrel bombs, or widowed because of Assad’s attacks on hospitals and relief workers, or made childless because of Assad’s sarin gas attacks, ...
  • Jobs Report For March: A Tale Of Two Surveys (But Not Of A Jobs Slump) The monthly survey of workplaces revealed a slower pace of job growth in March, as payrolls grew by 98,000, the lowest gain since last May, and down from the pace in recent months, while downward revisions reduced payroll gains from the first two months in the quarter by 38,000. The survey of households, however, told ...
  • Trump’s Red Line In Syria After Syrian government forces allegedly perpetrated a sarin gas attack against civilians this week, the U.S. has once again found itself fumbling for a response. After a similar attack in 2013, the Obama administration accused the regime of “crossing a red line,” then looked to Congress to authorize the use of force. Congress waffled, and ...
  • News Roundup for April 7, 2017 I mean, you should probably already know all this, but here we go… 1. Trump ordered a missile attack on Syria late on Thursday evening. It appears it was supported by other ally nations. Trump’s pal Putin is not happy about it. More here. 2. Twitter is suing the government to protect one of the alt-government accounts ...
  • Syria(sly)? The scenes of human carnage should sicken us all, regardless of whether they are in Syria, Rwanda, Vietnam or Chicago. Man’s inhumanity to man is not acceptable under any condition and it is our collective responsibility to exhaust any and all remedies to alleviate human suffering. No one with a conscience, a soul, or even ...
  • Donald Trump’s Ties Are So Big They Have Their Own Twitter Account By Liza Corsillo for GQ. Donald Trump likes to wear his ties long and wide, with a bit of scotch tape to hold them in place (as all multi-millionaires do). The habit is just one of his many sartorial failings, but the most prominent. In fact just months into his presidency his bad taste in ...
  • Bombs Away: Actions Have Consequences I cannot denounce Donald Trump’s decision to punish Syrian president Bashar al-Assad for his alleged chemical weapons attack on rebels and civilians earlier this week. In truth, ever since Assad ruthlessly bombarded rebels and residents of Homs and Aleppo several years ago I was in favor of targeted military strikes to educate Assad that actions, particularly ...
  • A Glancing Blow Does Not Stop A Bully, Mr. Trump function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); When innocent Syrians―men, women, and children―were killed or horribly wounded while they slept by exploding barrel bombs filled with sarin, chlorine, or other utterly inhumane chemicals on the orders of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, it is understandable, viscerally, why any peace-seeking leader would want to punish Assad quickly and ...
  • Donald Trump’s War Crimes Just two and a half months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already distinguished himself as a war criminal. His administration is killing unusually large numbers of civilians, in violation of U.S. and international law. Killing Civilians in Record Numbers The Trump administration began to kill civilians over inaugural weekend, with two drone strikes in Yemen that ...
  • Trump’s Foreign Policy? Launches A Strike Against Syria, Refuses To Take In Refugees From The Same In retaliation to the ‘chemical attack’ on civilians in Syria earlier this week, President Donald Trump ordered a Tomahawk missile air strike on the location, Al-Shayrat Air base. Trump has been in office less than four months, and his administration’s foreign policy has already seen a horrible chemical attack on civilians, causing a reaction with ...