Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Very soon, Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order regarding refugees and entry to the U.S. for a whole swathe of people. In effect, the edict would be aimed at banning Muslims from the United States, demonizing people from Muslim-majority countries across...
Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers

Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers

How do we even talk about the horrific killings in Orlando, which left at least 50 LGBTQ revelers dead and more than 50 more injured in the middle of pride month? First we mourn. Then we rage. Then we hug our loved ones, especially our LGBTQ friends, comrades, and...
The Mad Hatters of Poland’s Tea Party Movement

The Mad Hatters of Poland’s Tea Party Movement

On a rainy day in April 1990, I journeyed to the outskirts of Warsaw to one of those functional Communist-era apartment building complexes to meet with Antoni Macierewicz. The opposition leader’s apartment contrasted sharply with its grim institutional surroundings....

Progressives Should Stop Underestimating Trump’s Appeal

Most Democrats think a Donald Trump nomination would be a huge gift for Hillary Clinton (assuming she clinches the Democratic nod). And barring a surge from Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, it looks like he could be the one to duel her for the presidency. With a policy slate...
Is Political Correctness What’s Really Destroying America?

Is Political Correctness What’s Really Destroying America?

One more GOP debate and I swear I’m deleting my Facebook account. Every time the Republican presidential hopefuls spar on stage, the gap between the conservative crowd I grew up with in Tennessee and the progressive organization where I work in Washington widens. In...
Mending Our Welcome Mat

Mending Our Welcome Mat

At the Canadian border, there were no wire fences or soldiers with guns. The biggest decision Rose’s family had to make was whether or not to identify themselves as Jewish when they registered with American immigration services. It was a huge, potentially...
A Racist Wake-Up Call

A Racist Wake-Up Call

I worked proudly with Muslim CIA officers in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. I used to think most Americans understood that Muslim Americans are patriots, too. Ahmed Mohamed’s recent ordeal proved how wrong I was. He’s the 14-year-old who was recently interrogated,...
The Middle Passage

The Middle Passage

Peter, a Sierra Leone migrant living in Hungary, is one of the lucky ones. He has a job. He has a supportive community of friends. After seven years in the country, the Hungarian government approved his application for asylum. He started a very successful NGO devoted...
Hollywood’s ‘Furriner’ Problem

Hollywood’s ‘Furriner’ Problem

I was waiting to buy a ticket to see the new film American Sniper when the guy next to me provided a capsule review. It was a fantastic movie, he told me. The main character, Chris Kyle, was a great guy, and the film really showed what the war over there was like....
Hungary: A Cancer in the Middle of Europe

Hungary: A Cancer in the Middle of Europe

There’s no goose-stepping in the streets. There are no curfews or explicit censorship or martial law. The cafes, in fact, are full of happy, laughing people. Tourists continue to flood the country. If you don’t speak Hungarian and if you don’t speak to Hungarians, you...

Is Europe Over?

Europe has always been a rather tenuous concept. A rump continent, Europe represented the barbarous hinterlands for the Greeks and Romans. The first use of the term “European” occurred in a chronicle describing the forces of Charles the Hammer that turned...