Land-ocean temperature index, 1880 to present, with base period 1951–1980 (Author: NASA Goddard Institue for Space Studies; Source: Public Domain)

his past week, the big gossipy news story of the 2020 Democratic Primary was the end of the non-aggression pact between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. First, Politico reported on a volunteer script floating around the Sanders campaign slack channels that (very mildly) criticized Elizabeth Warren (“I like Elizabeth Warren,”…

Map of California shown as an island, Johannes Vingboons, circa 1650 (License: Public Domain; Source: Library of Congress)

hen it comes to presidential elections, Californians have grown accustomed to the idea that their votes don’t really matter, except in a symbolic sense. Given the structure of American electoral politics, this resignation is understandable. California may be the biggest state in the country, with almost 40 million people and…

The official opening of the League of Nations in Geneva, November 15, 1920 (Source: Public Domain)

my debut novel Portrait of Sebastian Khan, a coming-of-age story about a Muslim American art history student, I spend a good amount of time satirizing Model United Nations — that strange academic extracurricular activity in which high school and college students pretend to be diplomats and participate in simulations…

President Richard Nixon and his Chief of Staff, H. R. Haldeman, surrounded by telegrams from people reacting to his “Silent Majority” speech, 1969 (Source: Nixon White House / Nixon Presidential Library; Public Domain).

ifty years ago, on November 3, 1969, President Richard Nixon gave his famous “silent majority” speech, a televised address in which he asked Americans to support his plan to end the Vietnam War, what he would later in 1973 describe as “peace with honor.” “And so tonight,” Nixon said on…

Aatif Rashid

Debut novel PORTRAIT OF SEBASTIAN KHAN (2019, 7.13 Books). Writes about politics and literature.

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