if Trump succeeds, the republic fails

By Wendy Kaminer Now that season one of our political surreality show has ended with Donald Trump’s inauguration, we anxiously await the denouement of season two. Trump’s first year in office has, no doubt, been carefully scripted, but he may be as surprised by its twists and turns as he was unprepared for the presidency. […]

The Dangerous Rise of Populism

By: Kenneth Roth Human rights exist to protect people from government abuse and neglect. Rights limit what a state can do and impose obligations for how a state must act. Yet today a new generation of populists is turning this protection on its head. Claiming to speak for “the people,” they treat rights as an […]

Comey cannot be trusted with a Trump-Russia investigation

By Matthew Miller It was always going to be difficult for FBI Director Jim Comey to oversee an investigation into ties between President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. Thursday’s announcement that the Department of Justice’s Inspector General will investigate Comey’s conduct during last year’s presidential election makes it impossible. As director of the […]

America’s ‘democratic faith’ dims overseas

By Anne Applebaum “We are following a foreign policy which is the outward expression of the democratic faith we profess. We are doing what we can to encourage free states and free peoples throughout the world, to aid the suffering and afflicted in foreign lands, and to strengthen democratic nations against aggression.” — Harry S. […]

If Obama is a Muslim, is Trump a Russian spy?

By Kathleen Parker First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. For years, Donald Trump was unrelenting in his insistence that Obama prove beyond existing proof that he was born in Hawaii […]

Syria is a stain on Obama’s legacy

By David Greenberg Barack Obama’s impending departure from the White House has put many Americans in an elegiac mood. Despite an average approval rating of only 48 percent, the lowest, surprisingly, of our last five presidents, he has always been beloved, if not revered, by the scribbling classes. Just as many prematurely deemed George W. Bush the […]

Greek ambassador to Brazil killed; widow and 2 men questioned over his murder

Brazilian police are questioning the widow of the Greek ambassador to that country, along with a military police officer described as her lover and another man in the death of the diplomat, authorities said Friday. Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, had been missing since Monday, Evaristo Pontes Magalhaes, a police investigator in the Baixada Fluminense state, […]

Assad’s victory in Aleppo underscores his dependence on outsiders who will shape Syria’s future

Under different circumstances, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s capture of Aleppo would project an aura of invincibility. He has survived nearly six years of revolt. Instead, it has underscored his dependence on outside powers. Turkey, Iran, and Russia have tilted recent events in his favor, and it is those three players — and perhaps the incoming […]

Immense challenges lie ahead in Aleppo

By BASSEM MROUEand ZEINA KARAM – Associated Press BEIRUT — Hundreds of people returned to eastern Aleppo neighborhoods on Friday to check on their homes after the last opposition fighters left the city, picking through debris and wreckage for personal belongings blasted by years of fighting. In a sign of the immense challenges that still […]