Will the Azeem Rafiq Case Purge Britain of Racism?

November 19, 2021

Britain is in purgatory. Its latest racial crisis is as grave, urgent and compelling as the upheaval that followed the urban riots of the 1980s and the soul-searching over the report on the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1999. But the latest scandal that has engulfed one of Britain’s favorite...

Who Can Resolve Ethiopia’s Catastrophic Conflict?

November 18, 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Kenya on a mission that is critical to the future of the Horn of Africa. As the press release published at the start of the visit puts it, “the United States and Kenya are working together to address regional priorities, particularly ending the crisis...

The Late David Graeber’s Final Contribution to Civilization

October 26, 2021

In his review of “The Dawn of Everything,” co-authored by the anthropologist David Graeber and archaeologist David Wengrow, Oxford historian David Priestland describes how the book dispels the suspect mythologies of history taught in schools and still promoted in the media by celebrity...

Alt-Medicine: How the Far Right Weaponizes Vaccine Hesitancy

October 21, 2021

Religious groups and alternative medicine advocates have always been resistant to vaccines. But in the current COVID-19 anti-vaccination movement, they have mutated into variants of the far right in a violent mush of anti-establishment conspiracies, white supremacy and anti-Semitism. Religion...

In Germany, Anti-Semitism Just Won’t Go Away

October 20, 2021

Sonny and Cher are among the best-known duos in pop history. Their 1965 single “I Got You Babe” is a must in any “best of” oldies-but-goodies compilation. On YouTube, the song has been viewed more than 14 million times. After the couple divorced, Cher embarked on a fulminant career that...

Appropriating the King of Pop: The Far Right Co-Opts Michael Jackson

October 08, 2021

Michael Jackson has been named the "king of pop" for his timeless hits as a member of the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist. His lyrics have brought individuals across the world together as one. "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" are some of his best-known songs, but it is "They Don't Really Care About Us"...

The Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

September 16, 2021

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has waxed and waned for several decades. The roots of it stem far beyond the most recent clashes in May that once again brought death and disaster to the region. The question arises: How far back do we look for an explanation of the current violence? Do we start...

For Saudi Arabia, Iran Looms, Israel Beckons and the Taliban Cause Goosebumps

August 26, 2021

Prince Khalid bin Salman may not have planned it that way, but the timing of his trip to Moscow last week and message to Washington resounded loud and clear. By not postponing the visit, the Saudi deputy defense minister signaled that he was trying to hedge his kingdom’s bets by signing a...

US Media Amplifies Afghan Chaos

August 25, 2021

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary appears today in its final August weekly edition containing multiple items taken from a variety of contexts. The daily format returns next Monday. The Fading Horizon of US Middle East Politics US foreign policy has always sought effective metaphors intended to...

The Delta Variant of Global Stupidity

August 13, 2021

You’d think that the whole world could unite against a deadly virus. COVID-19 has already sickened over 200 million people around the world and killed over 4 million. It has now mutated into more contagious forms that threaten to plunge the globe into another spin cycle of lockdown. The...

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