At the end of February 2020, I was scheduled to fly from my home in Brooklyn to play three concerts in the Pacific Northwest.
India completes 75 years as a free nation next Monday. It was at midnight of August 14-15, 1947 that war-weary Britain pulled out of the Indian subcontinent after negotiating an agreement with the Indian National Congress and the All-India Muslim League. Founded by A.O. Hume, a British bureaucrat, in 1885 with the
South Africa’s statesman Desmond Tutu was one of the greatest global leaders of the last half of the 20th century and the first 20 years of the 21st. His death last Sunday at the age of 90 marks the end of a generation of world leaders of vision who dared speak their
US President Joe Biden’s Summit for Democracy was a public relations ploy rather than a means to commit participants to improve their democratic credentials. He convened this virtual talk fest at a time three of the world’s largest democracies — India, the US, and Brazil — have been backsliding
On April 3, Hungary’s anti-liberal, ultranationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban, won a fourth term. While the West remains fixated on the war next door in Ukraine, the threat of Hungary’s continued march away from liberal democracy is coming
“I am upset with the Supreme Court's decision. I was shocked because when the Deputy Speaker conducted the investigation, the Supreme Court should have investigated.
Peru’s Marxist-Leninist president Pedro Castillo is billed to face an impeachment process on March 28, even as he got the unicameral house to ratify his latest cabinet. Castillo has earned the credit of having changed his cabinet the maximum
Former Attorney General William Barr has been on a tear lately. He’s calling out his ex-boss for potential criminality and obstruction amid the evidence that Donald Trump absconded from the White House with boxfuls of government documents, including the most highly classified kind. Barr’s truth-telling is welcome, especially
Anil Kumar Baloch, the 'nomad' from Balochistan, Afghanistan, Russia and Kazakhstan who has made India his home, says the country is very accommodating
President Kais Saied, a professor of constitutional law, who was elected on a popular vote, took drastic action when Tunisia was on the brink of economic collapse last year, dismissed the parliament, did away with the Supreme Judicial Council, and also dismissed 57 judges, blaming them for supporting corruption and terrorists.