Hussein Ibish
Hussein Ibish

Donald Trump named JD Vance as his nominee for vice president in Milwaukee on Monday. AFP
With Trump riding new momentum, Biden will need to move quickly

The Democrats can win in November, but only if the US President does something significant or steps aside

July 16, 2024, 2:10 PM
US Vice President Kamala Harris at in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 6. She's already in the White House and can run as a surrogate incumbent. Reuters
Kamala Harris should replace Biden and take on Trump

Her candidacy would not split the party coalition and she could even energise many despondent Democratic voters

July 10, 2024, 2:00 PM
US President Joe Biden walks off the debate stage with his wife, Jill Biden, in Atlanta on Thursday. Reuters
Democrats are not quite so different from Republicans

By trying to conceal the President's true state of cognition, the Democratic Party, while still preferable to Republicans, doesn't provide all that stark a contrast to them

July 01, 2024, 2:48 PM
Former US president Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Historic Greenbrier Farms in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Friday. Bloomberg
Arab Americans should note Trump's use of ‘Palestinian’ as a slur

They are right to be disillusioned with the President's Gaza policy, but voting for a third-party candidate or staying home will only help his rival return to the White House

June 30, 2024, 8:17 AM
President Joe Biden speaks during a presidential debate hosted by CNN with Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump on Thursday in Atlanta. AP
Biden must drop out of the race before it’s too late

On substance, Donald Trump was dreadful but Democrats' chances of victory cannot rest on a candidate with evident, even if intermittent, mental fog

June 28, 2024, 6:30 AM
The first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is scheduled for Thursday.  AFP
Why Biden-Trump debate could be most significant in US history

In a debate of many firsts, whoever underperforms stands a good chance of losing the election in November

June 25, 2024, 10:20 AM
A woman calling for the resignation of Justice Clarence Thomas outside the US Supreme Court, in Washington, on, June 14. Reuters
Why the US Supreme Court's reputation is so tarnished

Neither the financial shenanigans of Justice Clarence Thomas nor Justice Samuel Alito's ideological leanings are doing the institution – or America – any favours

June 19, 2024, 2:00 PM
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on June 9, in Las Vegas. AP
The dishonest spectacle of Trump being interviewed by Dr Phil

Viewers watched two former TV celebrities bonding tightly over conspiratorial and legally unsound theories

June 14, 2024, 7:00 AM
US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in New York, the month before the October 7 Hamas attacks on Israel, on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 20, 2023.  AFP
Netanyahu fighting Biden's plan to end the war bodes ill for the 'special relationship'

Biden says it's time to end the war. Netanyahu disagrees and is unlikely to risk losing his coalition and power just to please Washington

June 05, 2024, 2:00 PM
Donald Trump has become the first former US president to be convicted of a felony. Reuters
The verdict on Trump is in, but the jury is still out on Biden and the election

Trump's conviction doesn't rule him out of the White House even if it is undoubtedly a big blow

June 01, 2024, 3:29 PM
US President Joe Biden has cast himself as preventing the Democratic Party from falling into the grip of the far left. EPA
Biden's mapping a different route to the White House this time

In the run up to the US presidential election, Biden is relying on a contrast with Trump and appears to be saying: take it or leave it

May 30, 2024, 4:00 AM
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yahya Sinwar of Hamas. AFP
The US is in a bind over ICC arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas officials

The biggest problem for Biden is the manifest truth of the accusations

May 21, 2024, 2:00 PM
Former US President Donald Trump at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 7. POOL / AFP
Does Trump's candidacy hinge on the verdict of his hush money trial?

By the time the judgment is rendered, one side or the other is likely to sustain a serious political hit

May 08, 2024, 2:00 PM
A protest movement that began at Columbia University has spread across America. AP
Student protests will shape a generation of Americans' thinking on social justice

Anti-apartheid demonstrations in the 1980s set a new standard on American campuses, and today's movement will do the same

May 03, 2024, 12:40 PM