Author: Aaron Aristotle (The Hague, Netherlands)

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 »

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 »

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

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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 »

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 »

Understanding the US/Iran relationship

For the last couple of years, the Trump administration has been edging closer to war with Iran. This was especially true during the first few weeks of January 2020. On January 3rd, Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s top commander at the helm of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Although the… Read more »

America under a President Sanders: Challenges and Opportunities

Bernie Sanders has once again become a phenomenon in the U.S. presidential election. His unlikely rise in 2016 has contributed to what is still his very strong popularity at present. He has been running for president once again in 2020, this time against former VP Joe Biden in Biden’s third bid for the White House…. Read more »

The Coronavirus May Be Our Finest Hour

There is an urgency to the media changing its approach to the way in which it has covered the Coronavirus outbreak.  It can be said that all the public panic and anxiety (best exemplified by panic-buying in supermarkets) is the result of people being terrified by what they see in the media. We should instead… Read more »

Super Tuesday: Joe Biden’s Stunning Comeback

“We are very much alive!” exclaimed Joe Biden after his stunning victory that dominated the South Carolina primaries. Held just a couple of days before Super Tuesday, Biden desperately needed that victory in South Carolina, after his terrible showing in both New Hampshire and Iowa, and having finished a distant second in Nevada. Winning in… Read more »