Can Saudi Arabia be Trusted in 2020?

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?

Iran’s Mistake

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

2019: The Year and Decade That Was

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

Need Sleep? Watch Impeachment Coverage

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

ISIS Leader, Al-Baghdadi Dead – U.S. Dog, Alive and Well

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

Hungary: Populist Paradise or Danger to Democracy?

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?

9/11 Turns Eighteen

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

Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib Banned from Israel: Good Call from Israel

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

Moon Landing, Mueller Report and Mass Shootings: The Legacy of the Summers of 1969 and 2019

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

You are a Racist

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