Martha Bayles
Print & Pixels
Back to Basics
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A Teachable Moment

The Trump presidency is giving Americans a crash course in civics. Are we capable of sharing the lessons with the world?

Radio Farda
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Reading the News in Tehran

What the critics get wrong about RFE-RL’s Persian language news service, Radio Farda.

Loud and Clear
Don’t Kick Voice of America When It’s Down

VOA’s alleged mishandling of a Chinese insider’s interview shouldn’t overshadow the important work done by it and the other U.S. government-sponsored broadcasters.

Back of the Class
Carter Gets a D

And that’s with the benefit of substantial grade inflation.

Milo Murray & Middlebury
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How Not to Defend Free Speech

And why some limits on speech are not only good but even necessary for a free society.

Six Lessons
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Protecting America’s Voice Abroad

A memo to the new CEO of U.S. international media.

Eat the Press
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Will Tweety Eat Sylvester?

Why is the President-elect so good at getting the media to chase their own tails?

The Writing on the Wall
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It’s the Corruption, Stupid

How Westerners misunderstand the Eurasian drift of former Soviet republics like Moldova.

Unreliable Narratives
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Watch Me Lie!

The problem with our media isn’t “fake news.” It’s the absence of meaningful contexts for interpretation.

Information Age
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Good for the Media, Bad for America

How serious political reporting became a luxury good amid a mass-market media circus.

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Daily Feed
Hugging the News Cycle
KRGexit

Pretty much everyone: Iraqi Kurdistan’s neighbors threaten devastating responses as Kurds head to the polls.

higher ed in turmoil

An NYT op-ed proposes that rioters ought to be granted control over what events may and may not be held on college campuses.

Oh Snap

Is Shinzo Abe repeating the mistakes of Theresa May?

Setting Sun

President Trump now has the option to levy import tariffs on solar panels that caused “serious injury” to U.S. producers.

the new culture wars

The policy that set in motion a fierce culture war over young people, sex, and the meaning of consent is no more.

Rogue Nations

Trump’s simultaneous confrontation of Pyongyang and Tehran could have unintended consequences.

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