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Anti-Semitism has spread through the Islamic world like a cancer

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- In recent weeks, attention has focused on two freshman Democratic members of Congress, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, both of whom are Muslim and have made critical statements about Israel and its most ardent American supporters. Their tweets and comments have been portrayed by some as not simply criticisms of Israel but rather as ...Read more

The American left needs to find its voice on Venezuela

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The Trump administration faces a test in Venezuela. It must pursue a foreign policy that helps usher out the odious regime of Nicolas Maduro without triggering a backlash against perceived American "imperialism." It must support a political transition that doesn't threaten the old guard so much that they fight to the end. And the U.S...Read more

In defense of the elites

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- This year's World Economic Forum, more than usual, prompted a spirited round of elite-bashing, which has now become the trendy political posture on both right and left. On one side, President Trump and Fox News hosts slam the out-of-touch establishment that, according to them, has run things into the ground. On the other side, left-...Read more

A Davos without America mirrors a world without America

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

DAVOS -- The atmosphere at the 2019 World Economic Forum reflects the global picture perhaps more genuinely than in years past, and the painting is not very pretty. The mood here is subdued, cautious and apprehensive. There's not much talk of a global slowdown, but no one is confident about a growth story either. There is no great global ...Read more

The EU is a great idea that has gone awry

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- As we watch Britain going through the paroxysms relating to Brexit, it is easy to view its decision to leave the European Union as an act of foolishness, a self-inflicted wound that will impoverish Britons for years to come. Europe is Britain's largest market, taking in almost half of the country's exports. Losing special access to ...Read more

It's time for Congress to curb the powers of the president

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Watching the struggle over funding for a border wall, I am struck by the way in which, in one sense, Donald Trump has already achieved success. He has been able to conjure up a crisis out of thin air, elevate this manufactured emergency to national attention, paralyze the government and perhaps even invoke war-like authority and ...Read more

Everywhere, there is a growing backlash to populism

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Emmanuel Macron has been the great hope for those who worry that global politics is being dominated by populism, nationalism and racism. In his presidential campaign last year, Macron was able to rally France around a message of reform and multilateralism, staying firmly wedded to the European Union and other international alliances ...Read more

Urban-rural chasm defines new Western political divide

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- For Steve Bannon, the way to create an enduring populist majority is to combine forces on the left and right. That's why he was in Italy earlier this year, where parties representing those two sides joined together in a governing alliance. That's why Bannon hopes to wean some of Bernie Sanders' supporters away from the Democratic ...Read more

Some of George H.W. Bush's WASP values are worth keeping

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The death of George H.W. Bush has occasioned a fair amount of nostalgia for the old American establishment, of which Bush was undoubtedly a prominent member. It has also provoked a heated debate among commentators about that establishment, whose membership was determined largely by bloodlines and connections. You had to be a white ...Read more

Are we at 'peak America'?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The G-20 summit in Argentina is taking place at a moment when the United States still stands at the center of the world. The U.S. economy is booming, the dollar is almighty, American technology companies continue to dominate the new digital economy, and the U.S. military remains the unrivaled master of land, sky and sea. But there ...Read more

Trump's absence at majority Asian summits is another sign of American retreat

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- It's easy to get distracted by the circus of the Trump presidency. But what is its larger effect? For an answer to that question, take a look at three gatherings this week on the other side of the planet.

Attended by all the major Asian countries, the ASEAN and East Asia summits in Singapore and the APEC conference in Papua New ...Read more

History teaches us that things don't always work themselves out

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

PARIS --When confronting bad news these days, many tend to assume that it's just a bump on the road and that things will work out. President Obama was fond of invoking Martin Luther King's assertion that "the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice." Yet could we be wrong in assuming that, in spite of some backsliding here...Read more

Republicans are the party of Joe McCarthy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- It is commonplace to hear and read about President Trump's takeover of the Republican Party. And certainly there is lots of evidence that the GOP is animated these days by an unquestioning devotion to Trump and whatever his ideas may be at any given moment. But the problem is that Republicans are now becoming the party not of Trump ...Read more

Trump owns the bloody crossroads of American politics

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- For those who believe that Donald Trump is a clownish know-nothing who somehow tapped into the mood of the electorate or just got lucky in 2016, the last month has been instructive. Trump has demonstrated uncanny political instincts. When combined with his ruthless "amorality" -- a term used by one of his own senior officials in an ...Read more

What Khashoggi's apparent murder says about Saudi Arabia -- and America

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi tells us something important about Saudi Arabia. But it also tells us something important about America.

First Saudi Arabia. As has been often noted, Jamal Khashoggi used to be part of the Saudi establishment. Although not a member of the House of Saud, he was well-born and well-connected. He ...Read more


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