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Two Lessons I Learned about the Transfer of Power while Living in Africa

Alma Gottlieb , January 12th, 2021


1. The moment that any transfer of power occurs from one individual or regime to another is fraught—ritually, sociologically, emotionally. Why? This is a liminal period–“betwix…


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Long Past Time for the 25th Amendment*

Alma Gottlieb , January 6th, 2021


There will be plenty of time for Biden to use his extraordinary faith and energy and creativity to think about how this divided nation might be healed. For…


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What to Call US Border Detention Centers?

Adam Hodges , August 5th, 2019


The controversy over the term “concentration camps” stems from the connotations it carries, setting up analogies that risk hyperbole and overlook the complexities of historical comparison. The governm…


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Speak the Names of Those Who Were Lost

Adam Hodges , April 10th, 2019


Naming can dignify, disparage or even deny one’s social standing. Days after the horrific attack on the Christchurch mosque in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke about…


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Americans Can Do Two Things at the Same Time

Maximilian C. Forte , March 13th, 2019


Surely we have heard and seen enough by now that any lingering “optimism” about Trump governing as an anti-interventionist in foreign affairs has totally evaporated. What Trump promised…


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When Women’s Laughter Keeps Men in Line

Alma Gottlieb , February 12th, 2019


Among the Mbendjele gathering-hunting people who live in the Republic of Congo, “women’s laughter manages to keep men in line.” Drawing from ethnographic research by Jerome Lewis, anthropo…


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Book Review: Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Rose Deller , January 14th, 2019


In Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, Arlie Russell Hochschild explores the ‘deep story’ behind the rise of the Tea Party and Donald Trump…


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Book Review: Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Rose Deller , January 14th, 2019


In Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, Arlie Russell Hochschild explores the ‘deep story’ behind the rise of the Tea Party and Donald Trump…


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Government Of, By, and For the Trolls

Adam Hodges , December 20th, 2018


Countering Trump begins by recognizing his role as troller-in-chief. The United States and the world have now spent two years trying to figure out how to deal with…


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Fighting America, One iPhone at a Time

Oguz Alyanak , December 18th, 2018


Boycotts, illusions and the making of the new Turkey Find it absurd. Find it irrational. But while those infuriated with Nike in the United States were busy cutting…


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Speaking with Silence

Adam Hodges , October 23rd, 2018


Silence can be a powerful communicative tool in today’s political landscape. Words take center stage in the verbal sparring of the Twitter age. Against the backdrop of Trumpian…


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Reclaiming “Allahu Akbar” from Semantic Pejoration

Adam Hodges , August 1st, 2018


Allāhu akbar, the Arabic phrase meaning “God is the greatest,” has gained connotations in US public discourse that differ vastly from its meaning among Muslims. Understanding this process…


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The Helsinki Summit: Trying to Turn the Page on the New Cold War

Maximilian C. Forte , July 17th, 2018


Finally, on Monday, July 16, 2018, the Helsinki Summit bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place, despite shrill demands that it be…


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Which Door Has Opened? Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump, and the Singapore Summit

Maximilian C. Forte , June 18th, 2018


Both leaders arrived in Singapore, with significant excitement greeting them. Trump, arriving from a bitter G7 meeting, after which he attacked Justin Trudeau personally, flew into Singapore on…


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Better Off Without NAFTA, Part 3: Mexico—Armed Rebellion, Mass Migration, Flat GDP

Maximilian C. Forte , June 7th, 2018


Getting Past the Propaganda We are routinely told that Mexico has grown into the “one of the more robust emerging economies with exports of about $1 billion a…


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Better Off Without NAFTA, Part 1: Introduction—the US, Trump, and Facts and Fictions about Winners and Losers

Maximilian C. Forte , June 7th, 2018


Canada, Mexico, and the US: we could argue that any one of these nation-states “lost” because of NAFTA while the others “won”. That is Donald Trump’s position: that…


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How “Fake News” Lost Its Meaning

Adam Hodges , June 6th, 2018


Collins Dictionary named “fake news” its 2017 word of the year, an easy choice given the word’s “unprecedented usage increase” of 365 percent over the previous year. Collins…


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Trade War and the Nationalist Exchange: Trudeau Trails Trump

Maximilian C. Forte , June 1st, 2018


“These tariffs are totally unacceptable. For 150 years, Canada has been America’s most steadfast ally. Canadians have served alongside Americans in two world wars and in Korea. From…


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North Korea: The Undaunted State Tests the Limits of Empire

Maximilian C. Forte , May 25th, 2018


North Korea is an exceptional state, but unlike an imperial power it lacks a doctrine of exceptionalism. It is exceptional in that it is willing to suffer any…


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#MeToo Holds Lessons for Political Resistance

Adam Hodges , May 10th, 2018


How to Stop the Normalizing of Trump. Remember when everyone feared the “normalization” of a Trump presidency? Well, it’s gotten to the point where the US president can…


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Documentary Review: “The China Hustle” is a Problematic Cautionary Tale

Maximilian C. Forte , May 4th, 2018


What if the Chinese “economic miracle” were proven to be, like so many other alleged miracles, a mass of illusions? What if savvy American investors were actually shown…


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A Theory of Propaganda for the Social Media Age

Adam Hodges , April 9th, 2018


Intertextuality and the propagation of disinformation Propaganda typically refers to manipulative techniques and misleading messages used to gain public acquiescence for a political cause, especially …


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Marc Edelman: Sacrifice zones in rural and nonmetro USA: Fertile soil for authoritarian populism

Focaal Web Editor , February 22nd, 2018


Sacrifice zones—abandoned, economically shattered places, with growing social and health problems—are spreading in historically white rural areas and small towns across the United States. Rural declin…


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What Happened to the American Empire?

Maximilian C. Forte , January 11th, 2018


Has anything out of the ordinary happened to the US as an imperialist power since the ascent of Trump to office? While the continuities between Trump and his…


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