After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, many Americans were in shock and disbelief. President Roosevelt called it the day of infamy. February 24, 2022 is the day of infamy too: Russia attacked Ukraine, bombed Ukrainian cities, killed innocent Ukrainians on Ukrainian soil. Deep shock and disbelief.
Putin’s means of keeping Western liberal democracy at bay isn’t just to invade Ukraine. It’s also to stoke division inside the West by fueling racist nationalism in Western Europe and the United States. In this, Trump and Trumpism continue to be Putin’s most important ally.
Policy advocacy and racial equity proposals exist on a spectrum, with many areas of disagreement or differences in emphasis. And it would be an oversimplification to describe one camp as simply “moderate” and the other as “progressive.”
In the annals of American history, Benedict Arnold has held the title of the most infamous traitor. But he is about to be eclipsed by a more devious and consequential seditionist, Donald (“Benedict”) Trump. Such will be the judgment of historians and hopefully a mindful public, if not the current boosters of his autocratic desires. … Continue reading »
Nearly a century ago, the state of Tennessee prosecuted a high school teacher for instructing students on the theory of evolution in violation of a state law. The state law was based on a fear that teaching evolution would undermine religious observance and traditional morality. The trial, known as the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” became a … Continue reading »
The ripples of a catastrophe in Ukraine will be felt in many parts of the world. If the Syrian refugee crisis brought the European Union to an existential crunch, what will happen if the wave of refugees becomes 10 times larger? Nuclear power plants generate 60 percent of Ukraine’s electricity. Who will control nuclear materials and technology in a war zone? Does anyone want chaos in the middle of Europe?
“So much remains uncertain, but my resolve and hope are constant,” campus equity and inclusion leader writes
The convergence of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and of the Senate’s unwillingness to protect voting rights causes me to remember my childhood friend and protector, whom I knew as Mickey. I was always very short for my age, which made me an easy target for bullies. To protect myself, I got into the habit … Continue reading »
While the 1st anniversary of the January 6 coup attempt in the U.S. weighs heavily on the minds of most, if not all, Americans, it is important to understand the international nature of a political movement gaining speed. Led by a new breed of demagogues and autocrats, Neo-Nationalism describes the emergence, and in some cases … Continue reading »
Chile experienced the political equivalent of an 9.5 earthquake after the polls closed at 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 19, 2021 in the final round of a presidential race many had felt too close to call. Gabriel Boric, a charismatic 35 year old congressman and former student leader who hails from the left politically and … Continue reading »
The Democratic Party is famously bad at communicating a unifying story about its vision for society. Indeed, Democrats all too often campaign as if their opponent is another faction of their own party rather than the Republicans.
Three centers of power increasingly dominate our lives, but are less and less accountable: The Supreme Court, the Federal Reserve, and Big Tech. So how do we break the cycle and hold these power centers accountable?
As I gather with my family this Thanksgiving, I must put aside the darkness that hangs over my home country of Afghanistan and celebrate the accomplishments that the country has been able to achieve largely in part from the sacrifices of American service members who were deployed to Afghanistan over the past twenty years.
Somehow, a jury in Wisconsin found that Kyle Rittenhouse was justified in driving across a state border armed with a rifle and killing two protesters, wounding a third, and firing on a fourth. I can’t help but feel a great sense of unease about what this verdict will produce, both in terms of legal precedent, as well as social unrest.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services deported by brother Manny Garcia’s undocumented wife Sherry even though he is a decorated Army veteran who served in the first Gulf War. Despite his best efforts, their two-year forced separation continues.
These are dark days for universities, and more generally civil liberties, in Hong Kong. In the early 1980s, China’s president Deng Xiaoping outlined the principle of “One Country, Two Systems” for the reunification of Hong Kong with China as part of the negotiations with the United Kingdom. There would be “One China,” with distinct Chinese … Continue reading »
Merit, Access, and Opportunity: A Personal Perspective Amid growing concern about unequal access and opportunity in education and the economy, it is natural for people to shape their perspective based on their life history. Here I present my perspective based on my own experience and some ideas about policy intervention. I was born … Continue reading »
Recently, a statue at West Point was unveiled honoring the service of the 9th and 10th Colored Cavalry, the famed “Buffalo Soldiers”. Earlier that week, the government of Richmond, Virginia, removed a monumental statue honoring the hero of the Confederacy, General Robert E. Lee. The statue of Lee was erected in 1890 and was the … Continue reading »
Neo-nationalism is on the rise–a term that describes the emergence, and in some cases revival, of extreme right-wing movements in key areas of the world, often characterized by anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric; economic protectionism; constraints on civil liberties; attacks on critics, including journalists and academics; denial of science related to climate change, the environment, and … Continue reading »
Our allies, comrades in arms, friends and confidants—men, women, and children alike—are being surrounded by ruthless Taliban fighters. America has a commitment to these allies, one that it must honor. We cannot—we must not—abandon our allies in this time of need. To do so is to betray the ideological foundations of America itself.