As the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and sixth of Xi Jinping’s draw to a close, the world may be witnessing one of those epochal clashes that can change the contours of global power.
Although the U.S. president's approach to global affairs seems to have no particular rhyme or reason, it does have a certain rhythm.
In the section of the Declaration of Independence on grievances, there are a number of paragraphs that resonate with today’s politics.
More than 16 years after 9/11, having faced only lightly armed enemies, still wealthy beyond compare, still with a matchlessly funded military, the United States has won literally nothing.
The U.S. is engaged in real wars in which bombs are dropped and people are killed, wounded and displaced. Yet here at home, none of it seems real.
Many politicians argue that nuclear power is an answer to climate change, forgetting that they are passing the buck to future generations.
There are parallels between the Israeli prime minister's situation and the U.S. president's.
Having a baby can leave a family thousands of dollars in debt, underscoring the difference between maternal care in the U.S. and industrialized nations with universal health care.