What Next for Gabon?

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by Giorgio Cafiero Gabon, an oil-rich Central African state located along the equator, is not typically on the international media’s radar. The relative stability that has generally shaped Gabonese politics for decades largely explains the country’s low profile in the… Continue Reading  

Churchill on Democracy: Lessons for Today

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by Larry Garber Five years ago, during a previous government shutdown, I used my downtime to research one of the most frequently cited quotes about democracy, which I then shared with a small group of friends and colleagues. Given the… Continue Reading  

Trump, Racism, and the Elections

A still from Trump’s racist caravan ad, which was too much even for Fox News.

by John Feffer In the week before the mid-term elections, Donald Trump returned to his bread-and-butter issue: immigration. He knows that the only thing that will turn out his base, and possibly swing some independents over to his side, is… Continue Reading  

Say Goodbye to the Guardrails of Governance

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by John Feffer During a lifetime of make-believe, Donald Trump has never pretended to be a conventional politician. When he finally decided to make a serious bid for office, he built his presidential aspirations on the flimsiest of foundations: a wild conspiracy… Continue Reading  

Israel: A Middle Eastern State

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by Paul R. Pillar Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the annals of the state of Israel” when the Knesset enacted earlier this month a basic law (having constitutional status in… Continue Reading