Much is said today about the lack of a common truth in the US political system – the alternate realities (some more real than others) in which readers of live Jacobin, the New York Timesand the President's Twitter feed. An attempt to break open echo chambers and create a common reality, however, could lead to a damaging historical revisionism seen in the Lost Cause, where facts and honest accounts have been sacrificed to underpin a unified story.
Meanwhile, rumors have spread that Sudan could be the next Arab state to normalize relations with Israel. A deal would be a financial boon for Khartoum, which has struggled with economic problems under decades of US sanctions.
And a look at the peculiar, religiously influenced etymology of the word “forgery”.
Here are Foreign policyThe top weekend is.
1. Building a shared worldview among Democrats and Republicans could be more dangerous than healing
Bridging the social and political rifts in American society will not be done by negotiating the truth and inviting revisionism. Rather, the Americans must rally around their proclaimed core values - and recognize that democracy, the central principle of the United States, is in fatal danger, writes Malka Older.
2. The White House wants peace with Sudan. Congress wants Khartoum to pay.
The Sudanese interim government is seeking to be removed from the list of US terrorism sponsors. An elusive normalization treaty with Israel offers respite – when Congress is ready to hand the reins to Donald Trump, writes Cameron Hudson.
3. A world in forgeries
The word "forgery" – now a basic adjective in the lexicon of every economist – has its roots in the art scene of the 16th century, when European princes viewed ivory as a means of consolidating dominion over nature, writes Lucian Staiano-Daniels.
4. How India came to speak to the Taliban
The peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are brokered by the United States, but India is watching closely. Once US forces fully withdraw from Afghanistan in mid-2021, it is likely that New Delhi will forge strategic partnerships with the country, Harsh V. Pant and Shubhangi Pandey write.
5. State Department public misguided, Congress, on revocation of Journalist Award for Criticism of Trump
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pompeo was supposed to give the Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro the International Women of Courage Award. When they saw their tweets critical of Trump, they revoked them – and then lied about why, writes Robbie Gramer from FP.