Author: Aaron Aristotle (The Hague/Jakarta)

Complexities of Afghan Society

Historically, Afghanistan is known as the “graveyard of empire.” This sobriquet is derived from historical tendencies of great powers to fail to conquer Afghanistan in their invasions. Great historical empires such as the Persians, Mongols, Greeks, Arabs, Turkish and the British Empire had tried to invade this small, yet mountainous and rugged country. In more… Read more »

For Our Friends in Afghanistan, The Fight Goes On

Afghanistan is once again the center of the world’s attention, and for all the wrong reasons. The Taliban, freshly emboldened by the announcement from President Joe Biden that US and NATO troops would soon withdraw from Afghanistan, began intensifying their offensive to take provincial capitals and eventually Kabul. At the time of writing, Taliban forces… Read more »


The long and often controversial administration of Donald Trump will soon come to an end. Donald Trump has been defeated in his re-election effort by Joe Biden. At the time of writing, Trump managed to gain only 214 electoral votes, well behind the 270 needed to win the White House. Biden won after passing the… Read more »

America’s Finest Hour:
the 2020 Elections

The United States has entered the final phase of the 2020 Presidential and Congressional elections. As of November 2, nearly 100 million ballots had already been cast, more than 70% of the total turnout in the 2016 elections. Analysts are predicting that the 2020 election will see the highest turnout in a U.S.general election in… Read more »

Joe Biden’s historic VP pick: Kamala Harris

After holding the country in suspense since the early days of being named the prospective Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden has finally named his own vice presidential pick on August 11, 2020. Biden has chosen the junior senator from California, Kamala Harris, to be his running mate. In an email to his supporters,… Read more »

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 75 years ago this week

For many ordinary Hiroshima citizens, August 6, 1945 began as just another day. Despite having received less than positive news from the frontlines of the Japanese Army, there was a sense of calm and relief for citizens. Hiroshima had, after all, been spared the US airstrikes that had hit other Japanese cities. We would know… Read more »

Donald Trump, and the dark legacy of states’ rights and GOP racism


On Christmas Eve in 1860, the U.S. House of Representatives received a letter that would forever change the history of the country. Four members of Congress from South Carolina penned a letter in which they declared that South Carolina, within its “sovereign capacity,” had decided to “resume the powers” previously conferred upon  the United States… Read more »

John Lewis: American Hero

America is facing the fight of a lifetime. The never-ending mission to accomplish racial equality is not an easy one. But as John Lewis aptly put it, it is “good trouble.”  John Lewis was one of the rare leaders in the battle to focus fully on making Thomas Jefferson’s words that “all men are created… Read more »

Trump’s War on Science

Suggesting that people drink bleach is obviously an outrageous thing for the President of the United States to have said. Here’s a history of Trump’s other notable lies and misleading statements on medical and scientific matters. Since January 20, 2017, the United States and the world have been subjected to endless fibs and misleading claims… Read more »

The Covid-19 pandemic, and the
failure of European solidarity

The current coronavirus pandemic presents another crisis that again requires the European Union and its member states to be on the same page. Precedents, however, are not on Europe’s side. Previous crises in Europe — such as the debt crisis, refugee crisis, terrorism and foreign policy decisions — were often marred by infighting and an… Read more »

Leadership in a public health crisis

The 2020 Coronavirus pandemic is the biggest public health crisis of the 21st century — at least thus far. The highly contagious virus is affecting the world economy, and the health and livelihoods of many people on earth. Governments across the globe are in crisis management mode in dealing with the pandemic. Some have shown… Read more »