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Hillary Clinton destroyed Trump in the debate

My take on last night’s presidential debate for Globe and Mail: Last night, Hillary Clinton, the daughter of a drape maker, revealed the man behind the curtain. Combining the personal with the political, she hit Trump where it hurt – … Continue reading

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The terrible new gun law of Missouri/Missourah

For Quartz, I wrote about Missouri’s terrible new permitless carry law and our state’s cultural divide: Gun culture, in Missouri, is indeed ubiquitous: that Kander, running as a Democrat advocating gun control, assembled a rifle on TV to show his bona … Continue reading

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Birtherism

For the Globe and Mail, I wrote about Trump’s long-running birther crusade against President Obama: What Americans did not know is that this was arguably the moment Mr. Trump’s serious presidential ambitions began. When Mr. Trump announced his 2016 candidacy, he … Continue reading

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Did Trump buy the Fourth Estate?

I have been writing and tweeting about Trump’s relationship with the US media for over a year. Now I have written a summary of the fiasco, appropriately published in a Canadian newspaper, where I can speak freely. An excerpt: Some have … Continue reading

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No, Uzbekistan is probably not going to be invaded by terrorists

For twenty-five years, an invasion of Uzbekistan by Islamic terrorists has been predicted, and for twenty-five years, it has not happened. Instead, that fear has been used as a pretext for the state to clamp down on domestic dissent. For … Continue reading

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A Trump rally without Trump

What is a Trump rally like without Donald Trump present? To find out, I drove to a Harley Davidson lot in Festus, Missouri, where the local branch of the Tea Party was holding their own rally without them. It was … Continue reading

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Islam Karimov is dead

As I noted in an earlier post — which you should read if you’re interested in Uzbekistan — I have been studying Uzbekistan extensively for over a decade. Islam Karimov, its first and only president, has died. I will likely … Continue reading

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A wall against open minds

For the Globe and Mail, I wrote about Trump’s trip to Mexico and his horrifying immigration speech: The proposed Mexican wall is fantastical. It is as fantastical as the wall being built in Atlanta, a wall that guards nothing but … Continue reading

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How immigrants to America become “white”

For De Correspondent, I wrote on the white supremacist movement surrounding the Trump campaign, and the complicated history of “whiteness” in America. An excerpt on Polish-Americans: Here it is important to understand how, exactly, Americans ‘become white’. The history of … Continue reading

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Uzbekistan’s president may be dying. Here is all my research on Uzbekistan.

I’ve been studying Uzbekistan for over a decade. As both an MA and a PhD student, I studied the country extensively, and was the first scholar to study Uzbek digital media in depth. Other areas of research are state and dissident politics, … Continue reading

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