Some "democracies" don't look like democracies to Western eyes at all.
As the immigration reform debate heats up in the United States ahead of the 2024 election, a binary caricature can be expected: One side wants to build a wall; the other loves diversity, without limit or question.
Defenders of the country as it has been for its first 75 years are fighting a desperate rear-guard action, and they need a little help from their friends.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been on a blitz of foreign media interviews this week to diminish global shock at his project of turning Israel into an authoritarian democracy.
The "special relationship" between the United States and Israel has been defended on the grounds of "shared values." While not everyone agreed the values merited all the specialness, only the unkind ever doubted they were shared.
France marks Bastille Day this coming weekend, but amid rounds of rioting and widespread malaise, the mood is hardly celebratory.
Moscow is the world capital of smoke and mirrors, which is why the odd events of recent days may amount to more than meets the eye.
It's an ethical dilemma as old as civilization: When do you muscle in on somebody else's business? What gives you the right?
Why are elections so tight almost everywhere? It's a metaphysical mystery of our time.
Not clearly evil, but posing a menace to liberal democracy, figures like Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan take on a confounding and oddly popular shade of gray.
Many Americans will be asking themselves this weekend how the indictment of former President Donald Trump will influence their country's future. Will he remain one of the two main candidates for the presidency in 2024? They might cast their gaze eastward, to Israel and its own criminal defendant-in-chief, Trump's good buddy Benjamin Netanyahu.
This week Putin has helped kill off of the fictitious language of Moldovan, thus reducing the sum of nonsense in the world.
Journalists covering global events face a constant buzzing in the ear: what words to use when there's a narrative dispute. The issue is ever more acute in our frenzied era of societal polarization, entitled grievance politics, and never-ending spin—like efforts to brand an invasion of Ukraine as a "special military operation."
The outrage spread on WhatsApp after Sara Netanyahu (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife) was seen at a high-end hair salon in Tel Aviv. It was a day when hundreds of thousands had taken to the streets, braving stun grenades and water cannons to protest her husband's efforts to install authoritarianism. Dozens had been arrested, and one man lost an ear.
While getting on the ballot can be difficult, nothing in the law excludes a third party, or even a ninth. And with both parties leaning toward extremes, creating a large centrist party could change the country's dysfunctional politics.
What was the Chinese leadership thinking in flying an easy-to-spot low-tech balloon over U.S. nuclear installations? Did they want to get caught? Was one branch of a fragmented autocracy trying to embarrass another?
Criticism of democracy is not new: thinkers from Plato to Socrates to Voltaire to Hobbes have expressed such sentiments, united by a common skepticism that average people possess enough of a clue to be trusted with any influence.
Two decades ago, Saudi Arabia led a broad Arab initiative offering Israel peace with its neighbors in exchange for the return of occupied Arab territories. Israel did not engage with that offer, which came at the height of a bloody Palestinian uprising. Now would be a great time for a new one.
As 2022 turns to 2024—in election terms—the Democrats are still busy congratulating themselves over not being mauled on Nov. 8. But if they continue winning like this, it'll be a Republican sitting behind the big desk in the Oval Office
Israel seems set to establish a government led once again by Benjamin Netanyahu and heavily dependent on the country's far right. This dangerous assemblage will claim to be governing in the name of "the people." That claim does not entirely stand up to scrutiny.