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Presidential Politics and the American Soul

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.28.2016 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

When I want to believe that America is a democracy -- indeed, to feel so deeply this is so that my soul trembles -- I turn to Martin Luther King, who gave his life for it.

Evolution: The Candidate

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Is it too much to ask the American political process to participate in something larger than itself -- something the size, perhaps, of human or planetary evolution? Perhaps this question is the starting point of the future.

France: The National Front's Defeat Was Predictable

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Ronald Tiersky

Predictions of FN triumph were so wrong because of weak knowledge of French history and political institutions. The Fifth Republic's electoral system is a permanent safeguard against the likelihood that extremist parties can win power.

Why Voters Won't Keep Bailing Out France's Mainstream

Cas Mudde | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
Cas Mudde

It is often said that politicians live for the day, lacking both a historical perspective and a long-term vision. In many ways the same can be said about media reporting on politics.

The American Nationalism Problem

Keith Gaddie | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics
Keith Gaddie

The story we tell ourselves is that the American identity is rooted not in place, but in the acceptance of a common set of ideals, irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity. The politics of the last decade, however, have strained the notion of e pluribus unum, revealing among whites three definitions of the American nation that are exclusive rather than inclusive.

The Meaning of Life and Death (in Politics)

Uriel Abulof | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
Uriel Abulof

Irrational! How else can we explain the conducts of Putin, Netanyahu, Maduro, Jammeh, Kim Jong-un, Tsipras and ISIS? But to understand both the lure of "irrational" leaders and ideologies and the troubles of western liberalism, we must grasp people's subjective rationales.

Notre Dame Cathedral and "La Marseillaise": Mighty Monuments That Still Stand Firm

Pamela A. Lewis | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Pamela A. Lewis

Two towering French monuments were untouched by the demonic slaughter that was unleashed on that fateful night: Notre Dame Cathedral and "La Marseillaise," France's national anthem.

Crossing Borders

Yara Zgheib | Posted 10.08.2015 | World
Yara Zgheib

At the end of the day, I am a Turkish astronomer running around in a European costume, humming Arabic lullabies and making anise tea.

War Among all Puerto Ricans: Prequel_1: War Against the Yankees!

Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D.

What will it take for more scholars and activists to recognize the damage this fabrication does to Puerto Rico's history? The anti-colonial struggle will not be won with fabrications.

Wanting to Preserve Your Way of Life Does Not Make You Racist or Fascist

Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

I have been trying to find the language to express my discomfort with the presumption that anyone who does not welcome very large numbers of refugees into Europe with widely opened arms is somehow resurrecting the ghost of Hitler. Or the right language to express the proscribed thought that those in Eastern Europe who want to settle only Christian refugees might have appropriate reservations about the very real difficulties of integrating very different cultural and religious practices into their distinct way of life.

Should Crimes Against the Environment & Animals Deserve International Prosecution?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should crimes against the environment and animals be addressed by an international criminal code and prosecuted by an international tribunal, particularly if national courts are unwilling, unable or deemed inadequate?

Is an Emerging Patriotism Driving Good Governance in Africa? Views from Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

With less than four million inhabitants, widespread illiteracy and a long history of authoritarian rule by military strongmen, Francophone Mauritania seems an unlikely breeding ground for think tanks.

The Donald's 'Inclusive' Racism

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Robert Koehler

As far as I can tell, Trump is the unapologetic standard bearer of late-stage, theater-of-the-absurd American exceptionalism. He directly addresses the prerequisite for national identity: an enemy. Someone to hate. Someone to fear. This is nationalism; this is Republicanism.

Howard Fineman

From Greece To France To China, Nationalism Is Back In A Big Way

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 07.01.2015 | World

WASHINGTON -- In China, a military parade this year will commemorate not the triumph of communism, but, rather, the 70th anniversary of Japan's surren...

How I Finally Developed Some National Pride

Sezin Koehler | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Sezin Koehler

Being a Third Culture Kid -- someone who spent her developmental years outside her parents' home countries -- I never got the cultural coding that provides for a sense of nationalism or patriotism.

White Identity Offers Bland Nothingness or Racism -- An Inclusive American Identity Is the Answer

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We need an American identity built on a foundation of that shared history--not a whitewashed version of it, but one that can, as President Obama declared in Selma, "look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake this nation to more closely align with our highest ideals."

Could the Yugoslav Wars Have Been Avoided?

John Feffer | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I met political scientist Mitja Zagar in Slovenia, he provided the most chilling prediction. "I believe that the only way of dismantling Yugoslavia without creating any kind of new links or forms of common living would be if there is a war in some parts."

Rising Nationalism a Threat to Asia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given its diverse cultural, linguistic and religious mosaic, nationalism is always lurking beneath the surface in Asia.

Could Sweden's 'Singing Sailor' Prevent the U.S. and China from Going to War?

John Wagner Givens | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
John Wagner Givens

Hawks argue that allowing China to expand its influence in the South China Sea would set a dangerous precedent. Yet this concern is overblown. The only precedent being set is that no one is going to bother to stop China from asserting sovereignty over some handfuls of uninhabited rocks.

Gayan Prageeth's "Extravagance" - A Witty Portrayal of Sri Lanka's Political Carnival

Prashanthi Jayasekara | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Prashanthi Jayasekara

As Sri Lanka marks six years since the end of a bloody war, looking at the country's post-war political realities through art

The Fragility of Federalism in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
John Feffer

Slovenian poet and cultural critic Aleš Debeljak and I had a wide-ranging conversation on the reasons for Yugoslavia's unraveling, the literary landscape after the wars of the 1990s, the challenge of constructing a pan-European history, the brittleness of social and political institutions.

A New Dark Age?

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

We could be falling into the abyss of a new dark age where nationalism, populism, and xenophobia rules the world order in a sinister combination of fanaticism, ignorance, and anti-science. Unlikely? No. Look to history.

The Failure of Nationalist Politics in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 05.08.2015 | World
John Feffer

The European financial crisis certainly prepared the ground for the growth of nationalist parties throughout the continent. Cluj, a large city in the Transylvanian region of Romania that has an ethnic Romanian majority, is a good illustration of the limits of nationalist politics.

'Ida' and False Controversy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I would like to make a distinction between two terms -- terms that are often used interchangeably, but in actuality, while connected in some ways, stand as unique and separate from one another. The terms are "patriot" and "nationalist."

My War on Terror

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We Americans usually reserve the more kindly word "patriot" for ourselves and use "nationalist" to diss other people who exhibit special feeling for their country. In the extreme, it's "superpatriot" for us and "ultranationalist" for them.