Itihaas P. Singh

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Israel Picks Identity Over Democracy. More Nations May Follow.

Amid a moment of national euphoria, Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, emerged from retirement in July 1967 to warn Israelis they had sown the seeds of self-destruction.<p>Israel had just won a stunning military victory against its neighbors, elating Israelis with a sense that the …

Israel

The Murder-Suicide of the West

When C.S. Lewis was a boy, his mother died. “With my mother’s death,” he wrote, “all settled happiness, all that was tranquil and reliable, disappeared from my life. There was to be much fun, many pleasures, many stabs of Joy; but no more of the old security. It was sea and islands now; the great …

Murder-suicide

An Alaska National Park as Big as Connecticut. Annual Visitors? 23,000.

Flying through Lake Clark Pass in a four-seater Cessna 206 (the fifth seat had been removed to make room for baggage), I felt like I had cheated some long-established rule: Visit a National Park on Memorial Day weekend and you’re required to sit in traffic hell for hours. But there are no roads …

National Parks

One of the most surreal days in American politics

U.S. Politics

The Rise of the Stressed-Out Urban Camper

It was opening weekend for glamping on Governors Island, and things were a bit rocky. First, there were the rocks. Thanks to weeks of alternating torrential rain and baking sun, the grass hadn’t come in, creating a lunar landscape around the tents. Then the liquor license hadn’t come through, …

Camping

The Nancy Pelosi Problem

The first female speaker of the House has become the most effec­tive congressional leader of modern times—and, not coinciden­tally, the most vilified.<p>Last May, <i>The</i><i>Washington Post</i>’s James Hohmann noted “an uncovered dynamic” that helped explain the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare. Three current …

San Francisco

Family Separation at Border May Be Subject to Constitutional Challenge, Judge Rules

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge in San Diego on Wednesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s practice of taking children from immigrants when they arrive at the border to seek asylum, ruling that the “wrenching separation” of families may violate the Constitution’s …

Hong Kong's Hottest Neighborhood: Tsim Sha Tsui

The journal of Marcus Aurelius is essential reading if you want a clear and focused mind

At 17, Marcus Aurelius was adopted. It made him heir to the throne of Rome.<p>Born into a wealthy family, Aurelius was primarily raised in the household of his grandfather. Both his parents passed away relatively early in his life.<p>From the start, his defining characteristic was his pursuit of …

The sequel to the global financial crisis is here | Financial Times

The financial scene is familiar, the stuff of films like <i>Inside Job</i> and <i>The Big Short</i>. Rocket-scientist financiers buy up billions of dollars of risky …

Finance

A Ferrari Takes on the Canadian Rockies – Bloomberg

PAID PROGRAMMING<p>PAID PROGRAMMING<p>2018-07-29T01:00:00.000Z<p>2018-07-29T01:30:00.000Z<p>PAID PROGRAMMING<p>PAID …

Ferrari

Samuel Huntington, a prophet for the Trump era

Sometimes a prophet can be right about what will come, yet torn about whether it should.<p>President Trump’s recent speech in Warsaw, in which he urged Europeans and Americans to defend Western civilization against violent extremists and barbarian hordes, inevitably evoked Samuel P. Huntington’s …

Hated by the Right. Mocked by the Left. Who Wants to Be ‘Liberal’ Anymore?

‘‘Liberal’’ has long been a dirty word to the American political right. It may be shortened, in the parlance of the Limbaugh Belt, to ‘‘libs,’’ or expanded to the offensive portmanteau ‘‘libtards.’’ But its target is always clear. For the people who use these epithets, liberals are, basically, …

Where Democrats Can Find New Voters

The relentless focus on the white working class in the aftermath of the election of President Trump has overshadowed a much larger bloc of voters, the roughly 65 million service sector workers whose partisan loyalty is up for grabs.<p>This immense and diverse employment sector is set to become a …

Ro Khanna Wants to Give Working-Class Households $1 Trillion

Silicon Valley’s new member of Congress has some big ideas for combatting wage stagnation.<p>Ro Khanna has a $1 trillion plan to fatten Americans’ wallets.<p>The newly elected member of Congress, who represents Silicon Valley, has become a loud progressive voice on the Hill during his brief tenure there. …

Income Inequality

How Special Ops Copied al-Qaida to Kill It

One of the greatest ironies of the 9/11 Era: while politicians, generals and journalists lined up to denounce al-Qaida as a brutal band of fanatics, …