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NATO 70th Anniversary Unity

December 12, 2019

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NATO alliance’s 70th anniversary summit had lively disputes but ended with a unity around shared ideas that make it more than a guardian of territory. First, a collective defense of the West against Soviet aggression had survived as a military alliance, and the 70th anniversary summit shows that this club of 29 democracies is vital […]

Us-Versus-Them Politics

November 2, 2019

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Why are conspiracy theories so prevalent now? One reason is today’s us-versus-them politics. Another may be the desire to impose a narrative on events people find inexplicable and threatening. Conspiracy theories have been intertwined with American politics since 1776, perhaps earlier. But today they may be at the center of national public life more than […]

Irksome Political Word

September 19, 2019

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It seems to be the word of the moment at least on the political left. One can hardly read an opinion page or watch cable news without confronting this tiresome term, this irksome idiom. For the love of Mike, people, please stop saying “electability.” Note, please that the last president was a black man with […]

Attack on Congresswomen Escalates Out of Control

July 23, 2019

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In American democracy, the interests of particular groups are often stereotyped, even dismissed by leaders. Some groups might be called “deplorables” or described as people who “cling to guns or religion,” as candidates have done. However, President Donald Trump’s tweets telling four congresswomen, all U.S. citizens, to “go back” where they came from, has escalated […]

U.S.Court Keeps Religious Harmony

July 5, 2019

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One strength of democracy is its ability to guide people of different faiths to live in harmony. For most religions, harmony is a core promise. Yet it’s often secular government that must ensure it. That was made clear in a recent ruling of the United States Supreme Court. In a 7-2 decision, the high court […]

Resist Impeach President

May 27, 2019

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From the start, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has resisted calls to impeach President Donald Trump. She’s called the move divisive. She refused to budge even as rumblings grew among House Democrats that special council Robert Mueller’s report had enough to start impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump on obstruction of justice grounds. Ms. Pelosi […]

The Unity We Don’t See

February 23, 2019

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Today, unity is an elusive concept, it would seem. Politically, racially, nationally and world wide, the trend of the moment is to define ourselves in narrower and narrower bands. And there’s a logic to that. Cable television figured this out decades ago. Two hundred channels give far more scope for personal taste and expression than […]

Mexico as US Migration Partner

November 1, 2018

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As they trek together toward the United States, a few thousand migrants from Central America could end up doing more than pose a crisis at the US border. Or the mass exodus has the potential to build a better partnership between the US and Mexico in addressing the “push factors” that drive such people to […]

America Dropped Treaty Problems

October 2, 2018

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Hundereds of diplomats from around the world converged on New York last week for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran is today’s David facing the American Goliath. In this confrontation, as in the Bible, the odds favor Goliath. American leaders are threatening Iran in terms more […]

Journalist Not Enemy of People

August 16, 2018

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“Fake news.” Biased reporting.” But there’s a new melody now, a new thread added by Trump. “Enemy of the people.” It’s an old phrase, one used all the way back to Roman times, as well as the Soviet Union against dissidents. A form even appeared in Nazi Germany, when Jewish people were called an “enemy […]