Deena Stryker

The ‘Democracy’ that Russia ‘Interfered’ With

NEO Collage 3399The ball on Times Square had not yet dropped when the pundits began talking about ‘probabilities’ rather than programs for 2018. As one news anchor said: “One President has barely been elected that we start thinking of who will run next.” It’s the counterpart to the coming Russian…

In the Belly of a Very Sick Beast

S5634532342Last week, Donald Trump bussed all the Republican congress-people to the White House to celebrate the passage of a much criticized tax reform bill, massing them in the garden in neat, tiered rows, like a class picture. The image reminded me of decades-old photographs of the Soviet Politburo standing in their overcoats on the Red Square reviewing reviewing stand. The United States…

Modern Democracy: “Of Cabbages and Kings”

21800894The largely unforeseen election of Donald Trump has shown that the democratic process can get out of hand, however American politicians continue to insist that ‘Russia interfered in our ‘democracy’! Meanwhile, eighty-six year-old Mikhail Gorbatchev, who has often criticized…

Alternative Political Forces in the US Say: C...

89412747787602Forget Citizens United, there’s something else very wrong with our electoral system and the two things may be related. Every single day that God makes I receive half a dozen appeals from progressive groups and causes. The method is always the same: the letter starts out by…

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…

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…


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