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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

Why ‘Ultimate Encryption’ Should Be Illegal

September 08, 2015

Tech companies are increasingly adopting what I call “ultimate encryption” (UE), encryption schemes that allow only the sender and the receiver of the communication to decrypt the message. Hence, tech companies are unable to comply when the authorities present a search warrant, based on the government having provided a sufficient level of particularized suspicion. 

"Hillary Clinton" (2014) by Marc Nozell (CC BY)

Hillary Needs a Vision

August 19, 2015

The commentariat has made much out of the fact that news about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server has drowned out the policy proposals she has unveiled. These proposals indeed deserve public attention. However, they also reveal one of her campaign's great weaknesses. 

Iraq tank

We Can Defeat ISIS

August 04, 2015

A common argument holds that one cannot defeat ISIS because it is not merely a group of brutal terrorists, but also an idea. And, the argument goes, how can you kill an idea? 

Hand reaching through computer screen

The Ultimate Encryption Debate

July 13, 2015

I have been called "irresponsible" by the famous Ronald Rivest of MIT for arguing that a new form of encryption is not merely the techies' major gift to terrorists and criminals -- but also a gross violation of the constitution! 

Obama and President Xi Jinping

‘Integrating China’ into the Existing Order

June 30, 2015

Obama “absolutely” rejected the notion that the U.S. seeks to contain China, and instead stated that a principal goal of his administration’s China policy was to “integrate China into the global economy.” 

FBI Headquarters: photo credits to andrewarchy

The Public-Private Fusion

June 17, 2015

For the past two hundred years, much public discourse has centered on the relative merits of the government versus the private sector. However, both liberals and conservatives ignore that the two sectors are ever-more closely linked.

The US Capitol building in Washington. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Speaking to America?

June 13, 2015

The meeting started with an Israeli offering a handshake readily accepted by a retired Saudi general. The hand was extended by Dore Gold, hours before he became the director general of the Foreign Ministry, and accepted by retired general Anwar Eshki, the head of a Saudi think tank.

Naval Ship

South China Sea: The One-Move Chess Player

May 26, 2015

The United States’ announcement that it is considering sending military aircraft and ships within twelve miles of a chain of artificial islands China has built up in the disputed Spratly Islands reveals once again Washington’s propensity to be a one-move chess player – the kind that makes a move without considering how the other side will respond, and what it will do then. 

Coins in a hand

Economic Insecurity: A Major Concern

April 29, 2015

In informal encounters with regular folks,I gained the impression that there is an issue on their minds which no political leader is addressing.

pennies

Majority of Americans Exhibit ‘Economic Insecurity’

April 27, 2015

We found that the majority of Americans — both Democrats and Republicans— indeed experience a sort of economic anxiety.

President Obama and President Xi

Mearsheimer’s War With China

March 30, 2015

In the new edition of his 2001 book, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, John J. Mearsheimer lives up to his reputation as a provocative political scientist.

Economics Textbooks

The Moral Ill Effects of Teaching Economics

March 19, 2015

Some studies have shown that studying economics leads to debased morals. One such study was conducted by Gerald Marwell and Ruth E. Ames.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Debating Bibi's Speech Is a Major Distraction

March 02, 2015

Debating the appropriateness of the speech Israel's prime minister will deliver to Congress diverts attention from, firstly, the endlessly more important issue of whether the deal that the Obama administration seems close to striking with Iran is one that serves the interests of the United States well, and, secondly, the question of the potential deal's effects on U.S. allies in the region and elsewhere, as well as on peace in the region and even the world.

Money cut up into pieces

Limiting What Political Donors Can Get, Not Give

February 18, 2015

Redefining bribery would go a long way toward preventing campaign contributions from corrupting our political system. This could be achieved by limiting what contributors can gain in exchange for their donations rather than by adding or restoring limitations on the amounts they can donate. In this way, the suggested reform would avoid falling afoul of Supreme Court rulings that treat donations as a form of speech and hence deem most limitations on donations to be unconstitutional.

Obama and Narendra Modi

The Darker Side of the U.S.-India Nuclear Deal

February 13, 2015

The American media is gushing about improvements to the US-India relationship in the wake of President Obama’s visit to India. Among the achievements stemming from the visit is what the media had called a “breakthrough” that paved the way for implementing the two nations’ civilian nuclear cooperation deal. However, examining the reasons why this deal was first struck, its components, and its side effects suggests that it is a cause more for concern than for celebration.