Way Out West
What the West means has shifted considerably since 1620. It has been colored by America’s global political and cultural dominance over the last century, by the rise of the Internet, by the new ascendance of the East, and the growing economic clout and productivity of China and India. It has shifted, even, since the end of the Obama presidency and the arrival of Donald Trump.
February 22, 2020
The US–Saudi Story, by an Aramco ‘Brat’
For years, I believed the myth that Saudi Arabia had not been colonized. I accepted Aramco’s slickly packaged origin story—that the company was a benevolent actor in the Kingdom, working hand in hand with the Saudi people to bring a much-needed commodity to the world.
January 31, 2020
A Popular Front to Stop Trump
Even in stable democracies, moderates find it difficult to compete against the overheated rhetoric and outlandish promises of radical demagogues. Reasonable leaders are expected to produce results, a bar that is constantly lowered and eventually discarded altogether by autocrats.
January 28, 2020
How Varian Fry Helped My Family Escape the Nazis
After a harrowing wait in hopes of boarding a ship out of Marseille in 1942, my grandfather received help from an American journalist named Varian Fry. With the visas Fry helped to obtain for them, the Schiffrin family finally made its way to New York—an escape reminiscent of the plot of Casablanca.
October 3, 2019