The Dumbest Story on Trade Ever to Appear in The New York Times

It’s a good subject–“What Can Be done About the Trade Deficit–” but Eduardo Porter today offers the single lamest exploration of this subject I can recall. Ever. First of all, he uses the old canard that Japan is finished. “Hobbled by a two-decade slump, Japan is out of the picture.” I covered the trade tensions […]…

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Training Opportunity For Freelance Journalists

An organization called A Culture of Safety, on whose board I sit, is offering important training to any journalist who covers potentially dangerous regions–and today, that means most of the world. Here is the application form. HEFAT stands for Hostile Environments and Emergency First-Aid Training. ACOS and allied media organizations are subsidizing the costs of […]…

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The Single Most Worrisome Trend in China

There are many troubling trends in China these days–the government has recentralized power and is creating a cult of personality around President Xi Jinping, who is expected at an upcoming meeting of the Communist Party to seek to extend his term in office beyond the traditional 10 years. Xi has crushed dissent and arrested or […]…

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The United States Has No Strategy To Win in Afghanistan

I was delighted to be able to moderate this excellent panel discussion on “America’s Longest War,” meaning the one in Afghanistan. It was an Overseas Press Club event featuring Kathy Gannon, David Rohde and Jere Van Dyk, three journalists with deep experience in Afghanistan. Watch one or more of the video clips…

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Are Google, Facebook and Twitter Really News Organizations?

This is really a critical question and this piece in the New York Times goes right to the heart of it. I’ve seen this through the prism of my work at the Overseas Press Club where I try to sell tables to the annual dinner. In my contacts with Google and Facebook, they argue that […]…

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