January 25, 2020 Philip C Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Saudi Arabia has always been a bit of a conundrum. Hosting Islam’s two holiest sites, Mecca and Medina, she holds considerable influence over the religious lives of 1.8 billion Muslims. Saudi’s significant regional rival is another Muslim nation - the Islamic Republic of Iran (a Shiite Muslim … Continue reading Can Saudi Arabia be Trusted in 2020?
January 14, 2020 Philip C Johnson http://www.globalnext.org Written from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia It started with an intelligence report that indicated the Iran’s militias were going to attack U.S. embassies abroad. Or did it start with U.S. President Donald Trump taking an opportunity to hit back at the Iranians because of Iranian aggression that killed a … Continue reading Iran’s Mistake
January 1, 2020 Philip C Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Happy New Year from Kraków, Poland! Again, it’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone - but this time, we can also reflect on the conclusion of a whole decade. The 2010’s have taken their final bow and the 2020’s are ready to “roar” and … Continue reading 2019: The Year and Decade That Was
December 1, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org If you’ve ever had trouble falling asleep, I’ve got the solution for you: Watch the Democrats try to impeach Donald Trump. It’s mind numbing - in fact, I would have written about this sooner, but apparently, I fell asleep while trying to find some meaningful aspect of … Continue reading Need Sleep? Watch Impeachment Coverage
Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. October 30, 2019 http://www.globalnext.org On October 26th, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the world’s most-wanted terrorist finished his time on earth. Thankfully. According to reports, with the help of an ISIS informant, the Kurdish-led SDF and the skill of U.S. special forces, the leader of ISIS was tracked down in his hideout in … Continue reading ISIS Leader, Al-Baghdadi Dead – U.S. Dog, Alive and Well
October 16, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. Budapest, Hungary http://www.globalnext.org Why would I, as an American care about the political goings-on in far-off Hungary? I blame Mr. Peter Szijjártó. My fascination with Hungarian politics began when I heard the Foreign Minister in an interview defending his country’s populist agenda. Mr. Szijjártó spoke of freedom, controlling … Continue reading Hungary: Populist Paradise or Danger to Democracy?
September 11, 2019 Philip C Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org It’s September 11th again and we’ve come upon the 18th anniversary of the horrific events that occurred at the hands of 19 al-Qaeda members back in 2001. Eighteen years. If this anniversary were a person, he or she would be old enough to vote. Old enough to … Continue reading 9/11 Turns Eighteen
August 17, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org The government of Israel has banned freshman congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering Israel. The first Muslim female members of the U.S. House of Representatives had a planned trip to Israel for next week and initially it appeared that they would be allowed to enter … Continue reading Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib Banned from Israel: Good Call from Israel
August 4, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.gobalnext.org The highlight of the Summer of 1969 was marked by the achievement of the Apollo 11 moon landing - an achievement that showed what American ingenuity was capable of - what was possible when a group of people pursued an achievable goal and pulled towards something bigger … Continue reading Moon Landing, Mueller Report and Mass Shootings: The Legacy of the Summers of 1969 and 2019
July 14, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org That’s right - more than likely, you are a racist and it’s about time I confirmed that for you. And let me be unambiguous: You are “at least” a racist and possibly homophobic, Islamophobic, transphobic and xenophobic. But the “R” word is the easiest and most efficient … Continue reading You are a Racist
June 16, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext The last days of Global Next’s 2018-2019 season has come to a close with an incredible conference in Israel with a beautiful group of people. In fact, I would be hard-pressed to assemble a better mixture of individuals filled with a readiness to learn, an ability to … Continue reading Israel: Connecting Past, Present and Future
Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. June 6, 2019 http://www.globalnext.org It used to be said that you go to Jerusalem to pray and to Tel Aviv to play. I guess that old saying has not been true for a while. Today, marching down the street in front of my hotel was Jerusalem's gay pride parade. The group … Continue reading Gay Pride in Conservative Jerusalem
May 28, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org As Memorial Day 2019 has come and gone, I am thankful for those men and woman who gave their lives for the freedom that we, as Americans enjoy. A freedom that many of us enjoy quite casually, but freedom and liberty are quite rare - and often … Continue reading Here’s Your World Right Now: May 2019
Philip C Johnson, Ph.D. April 28, 2019 http://www.globalnext.org To say things have been tough on religious groups lately would be an understatement. On March 15th, two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand were attacked killing 50 people. One week ago today, on April 21st, Resurrection (Easter) Sunday, 253 people were killed in an attack in Sri … Continue reading Terror Attacks: Synagogues, Churches and Mosques: Why the Sri Lanka Attacks were Different
Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. April 20, 2019 http://www.globalnext.org Well, after nearly two years, the Mueller Report was finally released revealing whether or not President Donald Trump and/or his team colluded with, conspired with or worked hand-in-hand with Russia and Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 Presidential election from the Democratic Party and the media-anointed Hilary … Continue reading Guess What? Your President is Not a Traitor: Trump and Russian Collusion
April 18, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org On Monday, April 15th, a massive fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris engulfed the church, destroying large parts of this more than 850-year-old icon of French history and Christianity. The tragedy’s poignancy is only increased because of its timing - it happened between Palm … Continue reading The Cathedral of Notre Dame: Fire, Disrespect and Symbolism that’s Just a Little too Obvious
There are places that bear witness to the actions of mankind and the complicated stories in which we all live. Hiroshima, Japan and the Atomic Dome is one of those places...
March 22, 2019 Philip Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org A lot of people have asked me about my thoughts regarding the Christchurch Mosque Massacre of March 15th. I have a lot of thoughts. Even more questions. And I shared a few predictions with Global Next's students regarding what I thought would be the aftermath of this event. … Continue reading Christchurch Mosque Massacre: Tragedy, Blame and the Death of Free Speech
March 10, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Perhaps you noticed that this particular article suddenly disappeared after being published. If you were someone who was able to read the original, I am happy for that. If not - let me explain. I have spent the last week dealing with Kurdish government officials who have … Continue reading The Comeback of ISIS: Will Your Favorite Jihadist Group Return?
January 27, 2019 Philip Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Today is my last day in Jerusalem - I’ve been here since December 31st - so I’ve seen one year pass into another here in the world’s holiest and most contentious city. It’s been said that when people spend too much time in Jerusalem, they start going crazy … Continue reading Surviving Jerusalem Syndrome
Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. December 24, 2018 http://www.globalnext.org Last Wednesday, President Trump announced that we are bringing our troops home from Syria and about half of our troops home from Afghanistan. Politicians, military experts and the media have all reacted like the world is coming to an end. Even all those politicians and media pundits … Continue reading Goodbye Syria and Afghanistan: Good? Bad? Or Prophetic?
As 2018 winds down, here are two more global issues that matter - Growing nationalism in Europe and the draconian Islamic blasphemy laws in Pakistan - most recently in the case of Asia Bibi. It's your world: Be informed.
December 10, 2018 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org I’ve been busy with Global Next’s international conferences, domestic speaking engagements and some in-person research in North Africa. So now it seems like it’s time to take an overview on some of the stories that have littered the landscape in November and December as we rush headlong … Continue reading Global Roundup: December 2018 – Part 1: Paris and Libya
October 28, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org For weeks now - since October 12th - groups of migrants have been traveling from Honduras, through Guatemala and then into Mexico. Their final destination? The good ‘ol U.S.A. At first, the group was composed of about 5000 people, but their ranks have increased to a reported 14,000 … Continue reading When a Caravan Becomes an Invasion
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. October 14, 2018 http://www.globalnext.org As I work throughout various parts of the world through my organization, Global Next, I am constantly finding a creeping darkness... war, death, poverty, mass illegal immigration, depravity, confusion, spiritual deception, misery and a lack of hope. But standing in Paris in Sainte Chapelle, the 13th century chapel … Continue reading The Story of Light
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. October 6, 2018 http://www.globalnext.org Finally after one of the most bitter and bizarre political battles I’ve ever seen, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice today, Saturday, October 6th. After the announcement of the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in June, President Trump selected Brett … Continue reading Welcome to the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh: I’m Glad You Survived Your Trip to Hell
September 27, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Sometimes people speak with such clarity that it cuts straight through the politics and political correctness of the world. Donald Trump accomplished this brilliantly in his second speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Throughout his speech, Trump made it clear that America was for itself … Continue reading Why I Loved Donald Trump’s United Nations Speech
September 24, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Mr. Radwan Mortada is a TV news producer for Al Jadeed TV and a journalist for Al-Akhbar newspaper in Beirut, Lebanon. He is also a friend of mine and today I had the pleasure of sitting down with him in Beirut to discuss the constantly evolving and ever-confusing … Continue reading Beirut: Why I Love Talking to Radwan Mortada
September 11, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Again, it’s the anniversary of 9/11. The 17th anniversary to be exact. It is sobering to think of how many years have already passed since the horrific events of 9/11 when Muslim terrorists hijacked commercial airplanes and attacked New York City and Washington, D.C. Nearly 3000 people were … Continue reading 9/11: Seventeen Years Later, the World Continues to Change
September 9, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Nothing is more dangerous in the 21st century than ignorance - especially ignorance of the goals and motives of the main stream media, progressive leftists, political Islam and the ideology of globalism. Last week I wrote an article entitled “Why I Don’t Hate Donald Trump.” In the article, I … Continue reading Why I Hate Globalism
September 2, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org If you want support in hating U.S. President Donald Trump, you only need to look as far as CNN, the New York Times, Hollywood, the international press or John McCain’s funeral. (Seriously - who uses a man’s funeral to take passive-aggressive pot shots at other leaders? Mr. Obama?) … Continue reading Why I Don’t Hate Donald Trump
July 30, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. globalnext.org Free speech is one of my core issues - I often speak about the importance of liberty to groups that I’m working with. Personally, I believe that the freedom to express ideas, to think, to speak, to write and to believe are essential to the human experience. Those … Continue reading Dwindling Free Speech – Why I’m Getting Banned
July 24, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. Global Next http://www.globalnext.org The war in Syria has raged for more than seven years and has brought with it the deaths of half a million people, the displacement of millions more and untold suffering and destruction. And it’s not over yet. In 2016, when I was doing research in … Continue reading The Truth About Iran’s Role in Syria
July 8, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org There is something about SUMMER and MUSIC - those songs that create specific memories and the soundtrack of a particular time in your history. Once in a while, you’ll hear a song that transports you back in time and for just a moment you try to bridge that … Continue reading The Summer of ’78
May 15, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Yesterday was an historic day with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. It was a definitive statement by the US government that recognized Israel’s sovereignty and the historical truth that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of the State of Israel. And of course, not everyone was … Continue reading Israel: 1948-2018: Creation and Catastrophe
May 5, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Ahmed Khidr is not my friend. Oh, he appears as one of my “friends” on Facebook - but so do nearly 5000 other people. And as we all know, “facebook friends” are not always what we’d call friends in the real world. But Mr. Khidr recently posted on … Continue reading May Madness: Will Israel Survive the Month of May?
A Conversation with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in Ramallah, West Bank Phil Johnson, Ph.D. April 22, 2018 globalnext.org SWIRLING GLOBAL EVENTS: Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of a swirl of global events and you’re not exactly sure where those events - where those stories are taking you. I believe we find ourselves in such … Continue reading Move an Embassy, Start a War?
By Phil Johnson, Ph.D. March 24, 2018 http://www.globalnext.org Greetings Globalnexters - this season of study-abroad conferences and research is going by like a whirlwind - so I thought I’d stop for a moment and share some insights and impressions from the places that Global Next has found itself in the last few weeks. Here are … Continue reading Global Snapshots: Spring 2018
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. February 27, 2018 From Beirut, Lebanon Refugee camps are always bleak places, even more so in the cold and rain. And so it was on the day that I visited El-Rahman Syrian Refugee Camp in the Saadnayel-Bekaa region of Lebanon. Currently, Lebanon is host to 1.5 million Syrian refugees and 500,000 Palestinian … Continue reading “The U.N. is Not Helping,” says Refugee Camp Coordinator
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. January 25, 2018 http://www.globalnext.org OK, admit it - you aren’t exactly sure where Uzbekistan is. It’s OK, you’re not alone. Collectively, we’ve pretty much ignored this part of the world with the notable exception of Afghanistan. But 2017 put Uzbekistan front and center with a spate of terror attacks all purportedly committed by … Continue reading Radicalizing Uzbeks?
January 9, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Another year...another chance to look ahead at who we want to be and how we want our lives to look in these next 12 months. I recently wrote a blog talking about some of the highlights of 2017, so now it's time to look ahead and see what … Continue reading 2018: The Year of Risk, Going, Simplifying and Dumping People
by Phil Johnson, Ph.D. December 31, 2017 http://www.globalnext.org 2017 was as busy as usual for the Globalnexter - I began the year in Poland, followed by Baghdad, Germany, Italy, Republic of Georgia, Finland, Estonia, Israel, the UK, Paris, Turkey, the Syrian border, Korea and now, I sit in Athens, Greece writing my final blog of … Continue reading 2017: It’s Time to Go!
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. October 4, 2017 Global Next Research Group President http://www.globalnext.org “Every time someone like you comes you’re coming to create more suicide bombers. You’re coming so that more of us will die. Tell me! Tell me why you want to be here! I am tired of seeing my Muslims brothers die because of … Continue reading 3 Million and NOT Counting: The Syrian Refugees in Turkey
The recent violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia created new opportunities for division and confusion for Americans. Demonstrations, protests, attitudes, viewpoints, diverse opinions, hatred and violence were all on display. And the media couldn’t get enough of it - couldn’t get enough of “virtue signaling” or blame casting. It seemed as if the establishment media and … Continue reading From Antifa to Globalism: Making Sense of Media Buzzwords
August 12, 2017 Ever since Kim Jong-Un, the current leader of North Korea, took over power from his father, the late Kill Il-Sung in 2011, he has put a lot of efforts into building up his nuclear capability. And now it seems he has the ability to strike other nations with nuclear-armed ICBM’s The increased … Continue reading 5 Things to Know About North Korea and its Nuclear Threats
Words of wisdom to the class of 2017...
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. March 1, 2017 http://www.globalnext.org I have known Mr. Hami for several years - he was one of my students when I taught business and leadership courses in Afghanistan in 2014-2016. He didn't finish his course of study - instead he opted for freedom and the life and status of a refugee in … Continue reading From Afghanistan to Germany: The Life of a Refugee
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. February 5, 2017 http://www.globalnext.org I can’t think of a more controversial issue plaguing the U.S. news these days than Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban for seven countries deemed to be a potential threat to U.S. security. Protestors and pundits all have their opinions. A Federal judge has “undone” the ban and President … Continue reading To Ban or Not to Ban: That is the Immigration Question
December 28, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org As 2016 comes to a close, it’s hard not to think back over all that has happened - with new events marking the final days of the year. 2016 has been peppered with contentious issues like the U.S. presidential election, China’s growing aggression in the South China Seas, … Continue reading Before it Gets Dark
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. December 15, 2016 http://www.globalnext.org It’s time once again to take a look back at the year known as 2016. For me, this year has gone by quickly. At times, I felt that the clock just needed to stop - that time should graciously give us a break and let us catch our … Continue reading 2016: The Rear-View Mirror Look