Deena Stryker

A Good Day for Mankind

887750450Today is one rare day: Not only did a Democrat win a special election in Alabama, sparing the US the embarrassment of having to seat a child predator in the US Senate; despite Donald Trumps recent claim that talking to Rocket Man would be a waste of time, Rex Tillerson announced...

Anne Applebaum’s — and the Pentagon’s Take on...

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I remember during how during World War II Americans anxiously tuned in to their radios to hear the news from the US’s two fronts: invariably, there were figures on how many miles our troops had advanced in the latest battles. Journalists, which later came to be referred to as ‘embedded’ with…

Homo Sapiens is Messing up the World

TM6546456Homo sapiens is estimated to have appeared some 200,000 years ago, emerging from the African savannah only about sixty thousand years ago. It wasn’t until the early twentieth century that he came to believe that he should put an end to war, but in the country most able…

France Speaks English Now

64322уFrance’s youngest President, Emanuel Macron has been much derided since taking office in May, for likening himself to Jupiter, with make-up for the cameras, and expensive haircuts. His labor reforms, which roll back decades of workers’ gains, provoked massive opposition…

The World Passes the US By

653242342Now that RT is no longer available on television in Philadelphia, I watch more France 24 than before, when I divided my TV-watching between those two and MSNBC. The difference in offerings never ceases to amaze me, but while ‘Putin’s bullhorn’ tended to focus on non-typical Russian…

America’s Chief Putin Basher

M564534Masha Gessen is a Russian-born writer whose family emigrated to the United States in 1981. She returned to Russia as an adult in 1991, becoming Russia’s leading LGBT rights activist, in particular opposing a law that made it illegal to proselytize homosexuality to minors…

The Awakening of Fareed Zakaria

109826I’ve been more or less watching CNN’s star political analyst for about ten years, first enchanted by his intelligence, then increasingly disappointed by the use he has put it to. Until today, Fareed has been one of the most astute spokesperson for Exceptionalist America, slicing…

Is Putin a Tsar, Really?

674535345The first time I took on The Economist was in 1985, when Mikhail Gorbachev appointed Eduard Schevarnadze as Foreign Minister after the death of Andrei Gromyko, known in the West for his intransigence. When The Economist headlined something like…

The Impending Islamization of Europe, the Sor...

4532231231An unexpected, but relatively easy to explain twist to the European immigrant crisis has just occured:   The right-wing Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, has accused billionaire financier George Soros of seeking to ruin his (Christian)…

Navalny vs Putin — Is This a Joke?

4523412123On October 23, Politico published the latest beltway anti-Putin screed, by Susan B. Glasser. It takes a different tack from most Putin bashing, claiming that the US has built up the Russian President as more of a threat than he actually is…

The Alt Right and the Arithmetic of Race

5422131231This past week one of the leaders of the Alt-Right, Richard Spencer was scheduled to give a speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and I wondered why the only reports stated that the governor of Florida had called…

How to Win Friends the Russian Way

45123123123How to Win Friends and Influence People” was the title of a highly influential book by Dale Carnegie published in 1936 and still read today by people seeking to improve their chances of success. (The author was unrelated to Andrew Carnegie, the steel magnate, and…


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