America’s Afghanistan Fiasco: The Buck Stops With Biden

September 23, 2021

On August 31, President Joe Biden formally drew to a close the war in Afghanistan, touting “the extraordinary success” of the withdrawal of US troops after 20 years of fighting. Despite the incorrect “assumption — that the Afghan government would be able to hold on for a period of time...

The 9/11 Boomerang Comes Back to America

September 13, 2021

The violent attack on the US Capitol that defiled the very foundations of “the beacon of democracy” not only violently jolted the American psyche but astonished the world. While many scratched their heads and asked why this was happening, many others pointed to Donald Trump as being culpable...

Explosive Reporting From The New York Times

September 13, 2021

No serious reader of the news reflecting on how the knowledge we acquire of today’s world is disseminated through the media could deny that The New York Times is not just one of the world’s great newspapers, but also a cultural institution in its own right. That means it is skilled at playing...

9/11 and the American Collective Unconscious

September 10, 2021

A little more than a month ago, the most newsworthy controversy surrounding the imminent and highly symbolic 20th anniversary of 9/11 concerned the message by families of the victims that Joe Biden would not be welcome at the planned commemoration. They reproached the US president for failing to...

How Retail Investors Are Changing the Stock Market

August 30, 2021

Retail investors are non-professional investors who, instead of keeping their money in the bank or investing it in mutual funds, invest directly in the stock market for higher returns. Often, retail investors don't have in-depth or professional knowledge of the stock market. Can an...

The Weaponizing of the American Language

September 13, 2019

The crisis of civilization that now affects the United States has little to do with the largely abstract public debate about capitalism vs socialism or big government vs individual freedom, and even less to do with the traditional (but largely illusory) war between Democrats and Republicans. The...

Pakistan in Challenging Times

September 14, 2017

The uncomfortable truth is that it is virtually impossible to separate Pakistan’s domestic security concerns from its external ones. What security challenges does Pakistan face? The facetious answer to this question is: Where does one start? One place to start is with the structural issues...

The World This Week: Barack Obama Bows Out of the White House

January 15, 2017

Obama promised change but prized continuity, chose Clinton’s economics over Roosevelt’s, and made historic rapprochements with some longstanding adversaries. The curtain has rung down on the first black president of the United States. After an improbable victory, Barack Hussein Obama is...

The World This Week: A Terrible Tragedy Afflicts Aleppo

December 18, 2016

Aleppo marks a new low in the Middle East’s own version of the Thirty Years’ War where geopolitical rivalries are worsening horrific sectarian strife. In the September 25 edition of The World This Week, this author analyzed the reasons for the Syrian Civil War and called it a never-ending...

Republicans Miss the Point of 13 Hours

February 22, 2016

Will Michael Bay’s film prove to be a political success for the Republican Party? Director Michael Bay’s latest film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, has attracted the attention of the Republican Party, who view it as a condemnation of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as US secretary of...

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