In Hong Kong, It's US vs. China Now

In Hong Kong, It’s US vs. China Now

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Xi Jinping is no Mikhail Gorbachev. He is not going to let his people go. He is not going to risk a revolution to overturn the Maoist Revolution he has served his entire life. At first glance, it would appear that five months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong had …

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What's Behind Our World on Fire?

What’s Behind Our World on Fire?

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The issues pulling continents, countries and capitals apart thus appear to be growing, enduring, and, indeed, perhaps insoluble. When the wildfires of California broke out across the Golden State, many were the causes given. Negligence by campers. Falling power lines. Arson. A dried-out land. Climate change. Failure to manage forests, …

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Is Trump Facing a 1960s-Style Revolt?

Is Trump Facing a 1960s-Style Revolt?

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It is imprecise to say this city is divided over Trump. It is rather almost solidly united behind what millions of Middle Americans believe to be a deep state-media conspiracy to overturn the 2016 election and effect a coup d’etat against a president whom this city detests but fears it …

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Is Democracy a Dying Species?

Is Democracy a Dying Species?

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How does a democracy that has spawned within itself a powerful and implacable enemy deal with it? What happens when democracy fails to deliver? What happens when people give up on democracy? What happens when a majority or militant minority decide that the constitutional rights of free speech, free elections, …

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Is China the Country of the Future?

Is China the Country of the Future?

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Under Xi Jinping, the mask of benign giant has slipped and the menacing face of 21st-century China is being revealed, for its people, its neighbors, and the world to see. With the fall of the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek, the defeat of his armies and the flight to Formosa, …

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Let Them Howl, Boris!

Let Them Howl, Boris!

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Whatever may be said of him, Johnson has shown himself as a man of action, a risk-taker, a doer, like Trump, who has hailed Johnson for the suspension. And leaders like Johnson are today shouldering aside the cookie-cutter politicians to dominate the world stage. Facing a Parliamentary majority opposed to …

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When, If Ever, Can We Lay This Burden Down?

When, If Ever, Can We Lay This Burden Down?

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Is it too soon to ask: What have we gained from our longest war? Was all the blood and treasure invested worth it? And what does the future hold? Friday, President Donald Trump met in New Jersey with his national security advisers and envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is negotiating with …

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Trump's Great Gamble

Trump’s Great Gamble

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Like the Russian army carting off German factories after World War II, the Great Arsenal of Democracy was looted by its postwar allies and adversaries alike. The weapon Trump is using to stop this looting is tariffs… President Donald Trump’s reelection hopes hinge on two things: the state of the …

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