Essays

Essays

Oct 28th 2016

More than any time in over fifty years, Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign has provoked a serious discussion of the threat of fascism at the level of presidential politics.

Oct 27th 2016

In what may turn out to be a new genre in book publishing, 26 veteran American journalists have joined forces to produce a nostalgic look back at the good old days of newspapering that all went so suddenly “poof”.

Oct 27th 2016


We are engaged in asymmetrical warfare: telling a lie is easy, while disproving a false claim is difficult. But disprove we must.

Oct 27th 2016

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, recently announced a $3 billion effo

Oct 27th 2016

As the madcap, ugly 2016 election nears its end, one thing is clear: most Americans don’t trust either of their main choices for president.

Oct 25th 2016
I still can’t get over the surprise — or should I say shock — of hearing a Sikh woman implore other Sikhs to vote for Donald Trump. This was at Gurudwara, a Sikh temple, in San Jose, Calif.
Oct 21st 2016

In an election mired in Trump’s filth, the most grotesque manipulation of truth appeared last night when Trump’s trolls attempted to equate Trump’s accusation of a rigged election to what Al Gore did in the 2000 election.  So let’s see.  Gore

Oct 20th 2016

With less than three weeks to go until Americans vote for their next president on November 8, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump rounded off perhaps the most contentious and rancorous presidential debate cycle in US history with a third and final bout in Las Vegas.

Oct 19th 2016

In Chronicles: Volume One, Bob Dylan wrote that he couldn’t remember when it occurred to him to write his own songs, but he did explain why he began:

Oct 18th 2016

This past week, I traveled to Dearborn, Michigan where I addressed a Hillary for America campaign event. Held at the Arab American National Museum, the gathering provided me with the opportunity to explain why I was endorsing Hillary Clinton for President.

Oct 15th 2016

If I hold a Red Delicious apple in my left hand, and in my right hand hold another Red Delicious apple, I can claim with confidence that I hold in my hands a total of two apples. This is not open to interpretation or opinion; I am gripping two apples.

Oct 14th 2016

Back in the 1960s when the James Bond craze hit the US and even President Jack Kennedy revealed that he liked Ian Fleming’s thrillers, I remember reading an interesting essay on the reason for the character’s popularity.

Oct 10th 2016

It is estimated that around one in ten people have dyslexia – a common learning difficulty which can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling.

Oct 8th 2016

“Weak”, “sick”, “immobile”, “decrepit”, “lonely”, “depressed”. If the prospect of growing old brings thoughts like these to mind, you are not alone.

Oct 6th 2016

Older people, and particularly older women, are often thought of as being asexual or sexually undesirable.

Oct 1st 2016

Just because Donald Trump is so unconventional a presidential candidate, it does not automatically follow that we should immediately abandon our conventional criteria for judging his adequacy for the position.

Sep 26th 2016

A new exhibition, Abstract Expressionism, opens at London’s Royal Academy this weekend. It is the first major survey of the movement since 1959.

Sep 24th 2016
Apple is facing accusations that it copied Chinese innovations in the iPhone 7.  Indeed, China’s smartp
Sep 23rd 2016

Elon Musk’s company SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s

Sep 22nd 2016
After three decades of dramatic growth, China’s manufacturing engine has largely stalled. With rising salaries, labor unrest, environmental devastation, and intellectual property theft, China is no longer an attractive place for Western companies to move their manufacturing to.

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