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Much has been made of Trump’s pressuring of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as an abuse of presidential power, writes @MiraRappHooper , but it was also an abuse of American power—and that, in the long run, may do more lasting damage.

In late October, Germany and China began commercial-scale rollouts of 5G. @smalcomson  discusses how this emerging global network will change the balance of power between states and companies:

Paul Starr reviews “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power” by Shoshana Zuboff:

A series of recent intelligence failures in Iran suggested that all was not locked down as it should be within the most secretive organs of the state. @MayRavesh  discusses budding suspicions about infiltrators within the regime’s revolutionary core:

Rich countries are facing a demographic crisis, writes @charlesjkenny , and one solution stands above all the others: to open their borders to immigrants.

“U.S. policy across four administrations has failed because, whether conciliatory or confrontational, it has rested on a persistent illusion: that the right U.S. strategy could fundamentally change Russia’s sense of its own interests and basic worldview.”

“In the surveillance business, any undefended area of social life is fair game.”

“Policy ambiguity on Syria worked for a time, but it was destined to become a liability at some point.”


One million people could die on the first day of any preventive or preemptive war with North Korea.

How Spain's overreaction to the Catalan referendum legitimized the call for independence:

Public support for the EU has increased by double digits in Germany, France, and Belgium following Brexit.

During Franco's early years of rule, the Spanish state inflicted what amounted to cultural genocide on Catalonia.

@BernieSanders  calls for an end to a U.S. foreign policy oriented around terrorism and endless wars:

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“We need to rethink the militaristic approach that has undermined the United States’ moral authority, caused allies to question our ability to lead, drained our tax coffers, and corroded our own democracy,” writes @BernieSanders .

Americans have reached a point where ignorance—at least regarding what is generally considered established knowledge in public policy—is seen as an actual virtue.

“Trump has eroded the normal national security decision-making process, marginalized the professionals who usually shape and execute U.S. foreign policy, and placed his private interests and ill-informed personal theories above all else.”