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Bobby Ghosh
For Bobby Ghosh's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 30, 2020
Terror attacks in France demand statesmanship, not demagoguery
What leaders say at moments like these matters. And all the more so now because too many leaders have recently been unable or unwilling to say the right things.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 1, 2020
Who says Iran is impervious to pressure?
Critics of the Trump administration’s sanctions campaign against Iran have long argued that the Islamic Republic is impervious to pressure. This claim never had a strong foundation: After all, extreme duress — prolonged diplomatic isolation, coupled with crippling economic sanctions — forced Tehran’s theocrats to begin negotiations that led to the 2015 nuclear deal with the world powers.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 9, 2020
Beirut explosions create a dilemma for the world
Governments everywhere want to help the Lebanese, but the country's politicians need to recover their senses to make sure assistance is forthcoming.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 14, 2020
Erdogan is erasing Ataturk’s stamp on Turkey
The conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque is the culmination of the president's lifelong political project.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 2, 2020
Locusts, pandemics, floods: East Africa can’t catch a break
A deadly mix of plagues could create food insecurity in one of the continent's most vibrant regions.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 22, 2020
Iran’s provocations would be deadlier without sanctions
Imagine if the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had more money to spend.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 8, 2020
Biden’s call to ease Iran sanctions fits a bad pattern
When it comes to the Middle East, the former vice president has a history of endorsing woolly and reckless ideas.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 28, 2020
Iran can't be trusted to deal with coronavirus
The regime's dishonesty and indifference threaten the region and the world
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 5, 2019
Trump is the least of NATO's problems
Unclear goals, bickering leaders and a changing world are pushing the alliance to the breaking point.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 23, 2018
Trump gives Turkey a double-edged gift
The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria and the offer of Patriot missile-defense systems could make things awkward for Ankara.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 25, 2018
No, President Trump: MBS is not what you think he is
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman isn't Saudi Arabia and defending him isn't an act of realpolitik.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
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