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

Israel: Connecting Past, Present and Future

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

Gay Pride in Conservative Jerusalem

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

Here’s Your World Right Now: May 2019

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

Terror Attacks: Synagogues, Churches and Mosques: Why the Sri Lanka Attacks were Different

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