Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — June 1, 2020

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A protester gestures in front of a fire during a demonstration against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., May 30, 2020. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review: Is It Revolution?

Riots aren’t a tool for fighting oppression, they are an oppression.

I knew I was tempting fate a week ago when I said that the coming nomination of Joe Biden and the COVID-19 pandemic had put America’s politics on chill during this election year. Little did I know that days later we’d be making analogies to 1968. The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman moved people across the political spectrum to outrage. Even President Trump, in his cynical galumphing way, was communicating his anger at the injustice of it.

Because authorities in Minneapolis were slow to arrest the officer who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck as he died, we can never know with perfect moral certainty whether the riotous behavior of the night before played a role in his arrest. But I doubt it did.


Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — June 1, 2020

Darkness Falls: The collapse of the rule of law across the country, intensified by Antifa radicals, is terrifying. — Heather Mac Donald, City-Journal

Logic, Rhetoric, and Race. Why do we allow the media to incite nationwide riots? — Robert Stacy McCain, American Spectator

An American Uprising: Who, really, is the agitator here? — David Remnick, The New Yorker

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change — Barack Obama, Medium

Turkey’s assault against Syrian Kurds leaves trail of misery and spin — Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor

Coronavirus in Yemen: A country on the brink — Diana Hodali, DW

Career foreign fighters fuel conflict in the Middle East — Lewis Sanders IV, DW

How the US and Afghanistan can jump-start talks with the Taliban — Michael Kugelman, Al Jazeera

European defense hopes live to fight another day (just) — Jacopo Barigazzi, Politico

The US needs to stand up for Hong Kong to deter China’s crackdowns — Michael H Fuchs, The Guardian

Hong Kong fuels new crisis for American relations with China — William Reinsch, The Hill

Coronavirus pandemic further strains US-China relations — Matthias von Hein, DW

The Real Pandemic Danger Is Social Collapse — Branko Milanovic, Foreign Affairs

With successful SpaceX launch, America roars back into the space race — Matt Gurney, National Post

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