On “The Diversity Paradox”

(Ron Chenoy)

“Similarly, while professional hockey is considered to have an under-representation problem, the same is not considered true for the National Football League or National Basketball Association, in which African Americans are very over-represented.”

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Why the Left Is Accepting Finnish NATO Membership

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With that said, however, as a country with a 70-year commitment to welfarism, it would not be desirable to substitute this for Russia’s brand of plutocratic capitalism.”

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When Anti-Israel Bias Finds Its Way into Coverage Choices

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Our media’s acceptance of anti-Semitic narratives is eroding Israel’s standing in the world and, in turn, the nation’s ability to defend itself against an enemy that has long ago broken its borders and used its very liberalism against it.”

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The Term Woke Is Losing Its Punch

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“It was a linguistic indication that revolutionary consciousness had made ‘the long march through the institutions.'”

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The Pandemic Is a Chaos Narrative 

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“Chaos narratives, however, defy our narrative expectations. There is no order, sense, or logical chronology but, instead, suffering without an apparent purpose or meaning.”

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Do David Brooks and the New Right Share Common Threads?

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The general public—and not the elite—is, in fact, the primary obstacle to the New Right’s political project.”

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Why Putin’s Russia and Xi’s China Are Cozy Bedfellows

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Why is there this close bond? Why does China do nothing in response to President Putin’s bloodlust?”

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Nuclear Iran—Why the Islamic Republic Is Not the Actor We Think It Is

(Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

“As the only Western journalist allowed to enter Iran prior to its presidential elections back in 2017, I followed then-candidate Ebrahim Raisi on the campaign trail. Whatever illusions I had about Iran and its ambitions melted under the sheer brutality of his war rhetoric.”

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Kids and the Coronavirus: Unintended Consequences Two Years Later

“So, we have been living in two pandemics, but only one has dominated our public health discussions.”

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Ukraine and “The Fog of War”

“Amid the memes and rhetoric, there has been much in the way of propaganda, unverifiable information, and outright lies that seem, at times, not to be appreciated for what they are.”

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What Whoopi Goldberg Got Wrong about the Holocaust—and Why It Matters

“Only days before Goldberg made her ill-informed comments, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) changed its definition of racism to ‘The marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges white people.'”

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No to Money for Hostages

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“When I was imprisoned in Iran, I made it clear to the Swiss ambassador to let the Trump administration know not to offer any money in exchange for my release.”

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If the Pendulum Doesn’t Swing Back

The implication is that culture and politics can be thought of as the bob of a pendulum swinging back and forth mechanically between the political left and the right, and that, at the moment, we are simply at the leftward amplitude of such a process.”

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When It Comes to Medical Aid-in-Dying, We Must Protect the Vulnerable

(Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health New)

Many such persons will have internalized the idea that they constitute an inconvenient and expensive burden on loved ones, as well as the healthcare system. Legalizing MAID risks reinforcing that message.”

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Why I Oppose the JCPOA

“As a former political hostage in Iran, I oppose the efforts to revive the current agreement as it stands. I will explain my reasoning and what I believe is the best path forward.”

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