The Mexican Border, Part II

A previous essay on the border (February 4) traced the early background of the region through the Eisenhower Administration (1953-61). Thus, the current turmoil on the issue, plus the government shutdown, has a 400 year legacy and is more a continuity than unique.

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The Humanization of Human Rights

Not too long ago, no one would have heard of the plight of a Saudi teenager seeking refuge from family and cultural oppression in her home country. But the power of social media made Rahaf Mohammed al Qunun’s struggle into an international news story.

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Tripolar world: China ascendant?

The historic apogee of Chinese culture, technological achievement and military power was during the Ming Dynasty from the 14th to the 17th century. During that period China established its cultural and political domination over all of East and Southeast Asia.

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The Mexican Border, A Short Background

It is one of American history’s greatest ironies that, since 2016, amidst the space age, with a generation of nuclear deterrence, instant global communications, and social media, that a border issue has dominated public attention. 

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Who Goes There, Friend or Foe?

The above question seeks the identity of the figure and whether he is shot or let in by the sentry. It is purely symbolic but, in a larger context, represents one of the enduring dilemmas of foreign policies, whether they be ours or theirs. Who is our friend, who is an enemy?

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A Plum Post for a Prominent Trump Foe

On Friday, following the dramatic arrest of a prominent Trump supporter on charges of lying to Congress, President Trump gave one of the nation’s most sensitive national security and diplomatic posts to another controversial figure who already had been convicted of lying to Congress.

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No Reciprocity: On the Papal Visit to the UAE

Pope Francis is planning a pilgrimage to Arabia, a land of no reciprocity. Unlike in the West, no religious equality is to be had there, and, for the most part, in practice, no religious freedom either. It is doubtful that the Pontiff will be able to remedy the situation.

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