The protests began apparently for an environmental cause: The protest transformed itself into a real social uprising with wide popular participation. There are powerful cultural and economic reasons for the uprising having expanded its message. Here are some of them
As national security advisor, she doesn't have to be a natural diplomat with a gift of politesse. She has to be smart, analytical, articulate, and hard-working. And she has to have the confidence of the president. Which she clearly does.
If the Boston bombing was terrorism, as Tsarnaev claims, it looks like an especially boneheaded form of terrorism. Let's call it idiocratic terrorism. That's an adaptation of the title of the cult 2006 film Idiocracy, a satire about a dystopic future in which pretty much everyone is an idiot.
Obama, trying a new tack on the sequester and overall fiscal fronts, has embarked on an extensive program of reaching out to Republican members of Congress, having privately had a number of them over a couple of evenings this week at the White House.
Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, has written a most readable, informative, entertaining, and provocative narrative of contemporary Karachi. I recently had an email discussion with Inskeep about the city and the region.
In order to end or at least significantly reduce jihadist suicide attacks, the womb that gives them birth must be dealt with. This will be possible only by instituting justice that is not merely punitive but also distributive and egalitarian.
The Italian city of Otranto's obsession with its 600-year-old victimization presents a cautionary tale about what New York might be in six centuries if tragedy -- and not our glorious, universal spirit -- became the city's binding legend.
The execution of Osama bin Laden in a raid on the Pakistani town of Abbottabad calls forth a wide range of reflections. For me, some of these thoughts are personal, and embody experiences in my own life.
This robot slaughter drags us into a terrible feedback loop, where the US launches more drone attacks to deal with jihadism, which makes jihadism worse, which prompts more drone attacks, which makes jihadism worse -- and on and on.
Enthralled by the economic opportunities of globalization, we are failing to manage the global crisis of cultures that is shattering social and political peace, and turning marginalized youth to violent extremism.
Propaganda of modern-day myths depicting angels fighting alongside "holy warriors" is being used to indoctrinate a minority of young disenfranchised Muslims with flights of fantasy and the glories of jihad.