Russia-Ukraine fallout won’t threaten security of EU gas supply

Even if Russia and Ukraine were to fail to reach an agreement on the natural gas transit through Ukraine onto Europe, the security of gas supply in the European Union (EU) will not be materially threatened. The current ten-year gas transit agreement between Russia and...

Who Is Making US Foreign Policy?

President Trump campaigned and was elected on an anti-neocon platform: he promised to reduce direct US involvement in areas where, he believed, America had no vital strategic interest, including in Ukraine. He also promised a new détente (“cooperation”) with Moscow....

Frenchmen. To Arms!

Citizens of France. To arms! Man the ramparts. The American barbarians are coming. They shall not pass! Le Trump’s threat to France’s splendid wines and Roquefort cheese are the gravest menace France has faced since the Germans invaded this fair land in 1914. ...

The Saudi-US Partnership: Evil Begets Evil

Those who knowingly conspire with evil are evil themselves, and because this truth is irrefutable, hiding behind the false mask of exceptionalism only deepens that evil. Conspiracy to commit evil abounds, but some partnerships seem to have sprung out of the bowels of...

Truth Be Told

How do Americans discern truth from fiction in this era of fake news? By now, any American who doesn’t have their head in the sand should have lost any faith they ever had in the news media as the 4th estate of government, the de facto examiner and investigator of...

The Crisis ‘Medicare for All’ Will Cause

International Man: Medical-care spending in the United States is more than double that of any other developed country. The extra spending doesn’t amount to better quality care or a healthier American population. What’s your take on the US system as a whole? Doug...

We Are All George Zimmerman Now

Most people know my name, George Zimmerman, largely due to negative stereotypes propagated by the media as a result of the 2012 incident in Sanford, Florida, in which Trayvon Martin died. Unfortunately, most people don’t recall the fact that I was exonerated of any...

Obama on Mount Rushmore:

I am on the emailing lists of both the Republican and Democratic Parties because I like to know what the enemies of the American people are up to. Recently there has been a lot of squeaking from the GOP in an attempt to put lipstick on the Trump pig, but the truly...

Hongkongers Are Fighting To Keep What They Have

The protests in Hong Kong, which started in early June, were sparked by a bill that would have allowed China and Taiwan to extradite suspected criminals residing in Hong Kong. But the protests are about much more than that. The extradition bill was inspired by Chan...

The Scripted Impeachment Proceedings

Mark Leibovich and Nicholas Fando wrote a behind-the-scenes profile in the Times about the impeachment process. We learn a few useful nuggets. First, Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have the final say on the precise wording of two to four articles of impeachment: She is the...

Death Treat

"Federal Jury Convicts Black Mountain, N.C. Man For Communicating A Death Treat On Twitter," reads the headline of a Justice Department press release. (Here's an archive copy in case the press release is corrected.) Typos happen—I've made plenty in my posts—and this...

Socialism Killed My Father

I was working in Silicon Valley when my mother called me from back home in Caracas with some alarming news: My father had experienced sudden kidney failure. I immediately flew from San Francisco to Miami, where I had to wait two days until I could get one of the few...

France Paralyzed by Largest General Strike in Decades

In what appears to be the biggest disruption to French society since the gilets jaunes demonstrators nearly torched Paris last year, public workers across the country stayed home on Thursday, immobilizing public transit across the country as the first general strike...