World update: January 3 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Indiana University’s Nazif Shahrani argues that one of Afghanistan’s problems is that the office of the president, regardless of who holds it, is too powerful: The 2004 Afghan constitution invests the president with more powers than former Afghan kings had before the republican period. Among them is the power to appoint all government officials,… Continue reading World update: January 3 2018

Europe/Americas update: June 28-29 2017

TRAVEL BAN The Supreme Court’s decision to reinstitute Donald Trump’s travel ban isn’t going over well in the Middle East, and you can understand why. As it turns out, though the decision did leave exceptions for travelers with “bona fide” connections to the United States, the court, in its inimitable way, decided not to explain… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 28-29 2017

What we say affects what we do

On Saturday, a man in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens ambushed an imam from a nearby mosque, who was walking with a companion, and executed both of them with gunshots to the back of the head. Police have arrested a suspect, but his motive remains unknown as yet. But we can hazard a guess.… Continue reading What we say affects what we do

Your PATRIOTIC AMERICAN GUIDE to pronouncing terrorist words like a REAL AMERICAN

Thanks to The Federalist’s M.G. Oprea for explaining to us all that people who try to properly pronounce foreign words of an Islamical derivation are clearly ISIS sleeper agents: You may have noticed something different in the way some people, including various presidential candidates, talk about Islam depending on whether they are Republicans or Democrats.… Continue reading Your PATRIOTIC AMERICAN GUIDE to pronouncing terrorist words like a REAL AMERICAN

All Trumped out

I know I’m supposed to have a Take on big news, especially when it relates to foreign affairs, terrorism, and politics, but I have to say that I’ve got nothing when it comes to Donald Trump’s latest garbage. It’s far too late in the process to say that Trump is a joke candidate, but he… Continue reading All Trumped out

You need to watch this investigation into the Rohingya genocide

Al Jazeera has put together a remarkable investigation into the Burmese government’s complicity in the ongoing genocide of the Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, a genocide that a report from the International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University of London says is entering its “final stages,” with the Rohingya on the verge of… Continue reading You need to watch this investigation into the Rohingya genocide

I’d like to buy the world a Coke, and then tell it to SPEAK ENGLISH

The most controversial thing to come out of Sunday’s Super Bowl wasn’t the lopsided score, or some halftime accident exposing our precious children to the horrors of the partially nude female form, or even the fact that Peyton Manning’s habit of choking in playoff games* is suddenly something we’re allowed to talk about. No, the… Continue reading I’d like to buy the world a Coke, and then tell it to SPEAK ENGLISH