Who are they and where does their ideology fit with the larger world of Islam?


The Taliban are now firmly in control and in charge of Afghanistan. But how will they govern?

The news from Afghanistan is bleak. For example, according to the BBC, the CEO of the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan is raising the alarm that his country’s financial industry is at the precipice…

5th Ave., a muddy street!


Even by our recent standards, this was an eventful (read dysfunctional) week in the U.S. Congress. Democrats’ signature domestic agenda — the desperately needed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill — was held hostage by… Democrats! Congress averted a government shutdown, but only for two months. …

How neo-liberal economic policies and NGOs crippled Haiti’s economy!

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This past week, a senior U.S. envoy to Haiti resigned in protest to what he labeled as the “inhumane” and “counterproductive” deportations of Haitians. See NYTimes. One reason that these deportations are counterproductive is that these migrants are being sent to the very chaos from which they recently fled. Haiti…

Lessons for “our” pandemic from another great pandemic a century ago.


Economists were projecting that the U.S. economy would take off after Labor Day. What they were not counting on was the Delta variant, which is now driving the resurgence of Covid-19 cases, which, in turn, is grounding our economy in many ways, including fewer hirings.

While we can’t predict what…

We can’t win with you… we can’t win without you!


On August 15, 2021, nearly a month ago, Kabul fell to the Taliban. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and the Afghanistan government, which the U.S. had helped create, dissolved. At 11:59 pm on August 30th, the last US military plane left Afghanistan.

To better understand how this happened…

Cato Institute Research Reveals Texas Data Regarding Immigrant Crime Rates

Images: immigrants during a 2010 naturalization ceremony at the Grand Canyon National Park, and immigrants on an ocean steamer passing the Statue of Liberty, NYC, 1887. Both images are in Public Domain.


Recently, the Wall Street Journal mentioned a research report by the Cato Institute, which is a libertarian think tank. According to the Cato Institute, 2019 data from Texas show that “illegal immigrants were 37.1 percent less likely to be convicted of a crime than native-born Americans and legal immigrants were…

the history of a multinational country

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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, but now he is calling on “all capable Ethiopians” to join the federal army in fighting the Tigray, a nation within Ethiopia. See WSJ. The Tigray region of Ethiopia and its people have been at the…

What does it mean? And where does the term come from?

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Mr. Cuomo resigned last week. Wasn’t it just last year that people were whispering about his potential for running in 2024? From New York’s governorship to the U.S. presidency! It’s happened before. FDR did it. …


Flare-ups of military conflict between Israel and Hamas do, unfortunately, occur from time to time. Last month was a prime example of it. …


Suspension of U.S. Patent rights is an extraordinary step. And rightfully so. It may have a chilling effect on future private and public collaborations. To President Biden’s credit, he struggled with his decision to support the international proposal to waive Covid vaccine intellectual property protections, including patent rights.

But what…

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