Shia Red Scare

Shia Red Scare

In 2004, King Abdullah of Jordan warned that a “Shia Crescent” of Iranian-led movements and governments would begin to dominate the northern Middle East. His predictions were quickly echoed by regional leaders, from Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak to defensive Persian Gulf monarchs, and an American security establishment overly focused on Tehran’s influence in a number of regional capitals.  More»

Survival is Victory

Survival is Victory

After watching Dunkirk, you’ll likely spend some time silently processing the film. The interwoven timelines, the high pressure soundtrack and the constant threat of death can easily captivate the viewer. More»

Israel in Germany

Israel in Germany

It can be lonely to be a critic of Israel in Germany. Across the political spectrum most German media and all major political parties adhere to a strict consensus in defense of Israel. Even on the left, where Israel’s worst transgressions may inspire an occasional scolding, any position that questions Israel’s “right to exist“ on any grounds whatsoever is anathema. More»

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No Turning Back

No Turning Back

Once upon a time, I thought that the Conservative government was a weak regime depending on a slight majority in Parliament. This was a necessary assumption to argue that the Labour Party stands a chance of winning in 2020. More»
The Birth of Nationality

The Birth of Nationality

During the past hundred years, ten new states have appeared on the map of Europe: Greece, Belgium, Serbia, Italy, the German Confederation, Rumania, Montenegro, Norway, Bulgaria, and — possibly — Albania. More»

The Worship of Death

The Worship of Death

Passing further away, towards Austria, travelling up the Isar, till the stream becomes smaller and whiter and the air is colder, the full glamour of the northern hills, which are so marvellously luminous and gleaming with flowers, wanes and gives way to a darkness, a sense of ominousness. More»

Nazi America

Nazi America

Since the United States is the most important country in the Americas, it is subject to special concentration by secret Nazi agents. One of the earliest of the secret agents sent to this country was an American, Colonel Edwin Emerson, soldier of fortune, mediocre author and fairly competent war correspondent. More»

To Work in Douma, Men Must Join Militants of Jaish Al-Islam

To Work in Douma, Men Must Join Militants of Jaish Al-Islam

After enduring four years of government-imposed siege and living under the increasingly authoritarian rule of the armed opposition, residents of the Damascus suburb have no choice but to join Jaish al-Islam if they want to find work. More»

Trump's Mexican Standoff

Trump’s Mexican Standoff

For the last couple of days, the Mexican government been playing host to the redoubtable duo of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly. They have been, it will come as no surprise, trying to pour oil on the turbulent waters of the current relationship between the United States and Mexico. More»

Resisting Russiaphobia

Resisting Russiaphobia

We need to have a little talk. We’re panicking, you and I. We didn’t think Donald Trump would actually win. And we see that his administration has been an abomination so far. His reckless greed and racism are bad for the United States and bad for the world. More»

Riding With Mr. Eddy

Riding With Mr. Eddy

Watching Lost Highway (1996) at the Soho Curzon, my friends and I began to connect the dots between David Lynch’s films and the rise of populist demagogues (we’ll get to this later). In more ways than one Soho was the perfect place to watch Lost Highway, those famous twin poles of Freudian thinking – sex and death – are a vital part of the Lynchian universe. More»

America’s Press Problem

America’s Press Problem

Many years ago, at JFK airport, after returning from abroad, I was stopped by a Customs and Border Patrol agent, who inquired about the purpose of my trip, and then followed up by asking what my profession is. When I told him I was a reporter, he accused me of purposely putting out negative misinformation about law enforcement. More»

The U.S. Does Not Shortchange Christian Refugees: HRW

The U.S. Does Not Shortchange Christian Refugees: HRW

The constitutional challenge to Trump’s refugee and travel ban hangs on whether it discriminates against Muslims. Bill Frelick, director of Human Rights Watch’s refugee program, fact-checks the U.S. president’s defense of prioritizing Christian refugees. More»

Don't Blame Trump for Yemen

Don’t Blame Trump for Yemen

The White House has attracted fresh controversy for a botched raid in Yemen that led to the death of a Navy SEAL, loss of a $75 million aircraft, and dozens of civilian casualties. Trump has been characterised as reckless, and freshly unfit for duty.  More»

Negative Dialectics

Negative Dialectics

Margins still matter. If the flyers that litter inner city neighborhoods have any say on the issue. Promoting bands with political names. Written in languages other than the national. Being on the outside still has value. At least culturally speaking. More»