“Fake News” a Growing New Threat to Press Freedom

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by Thalif Deen When a Malaysian politician of a bygone era was asked about the “leading newspapers” in his country, he shot back: “We don’t have any leading newspapers in our country because all our newspapers are misleading.” But that… Continue Reading  

Two Weakened Leaders

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by James J. Zogby US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a lot in common. Both are in trouble, confronting problems that are more legal than political. And as commentators, here and in Israel have noted,… Continue Reading  

Pushing Rewind on 2016?

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by John Feffer The two events that put 2016 in the history books — alongside other pivotal years such as 2001, 1989, and 1945 — were, of course, the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the election of Donald… Continue Reading  

The Nixonization of Donald Trump

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by John Feffer The comparisons are multiplying. There was Trump’s appeal to the “silent majority” during the presidential election, his later adoption of the “mad man” theory in his foreign policy, his possible taping of conversations, his arm-twisting of top… Continue Reading  

Separate Scandal and Foreign Policy (But Don’t Ignore Them Either)

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by Paul R. Pillar Among Washington’s biggest walking-while-chewing-gum challenges are those that involve trying to make policy soberly and carefully amid headline-grabbing scandal.  We have such a situation today, with the firing of the FBI director being the latest turn… Continue Reading