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Mitchell Blatt
Mitchell Blatt (Facebook: @MitchBlattPolitics) is a columnist and writer based in Korea. He covers foreign affairs and culture, particularly issues related to Korea and East Asia politics. He has contributed to outlets like the South China Morning Post, the Korea Times, the Shanghai Daily, USA Today, Roads & Kingdoms, and China.org.cn. Read some of his articles at www.ChinaTravelWriter.com. Learn more at www.Mitchell Blatt.com.
June 16, 2023
​Average life expectancy in US falls
In the two years of massive coronavirus outbreaks, the U.S. average life expectancy declined by about two years. But the root cause goes deeper than just the increased incidence of disease.
May 31, 2023
Nothing has changed a year after Uvalde
The shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, happened about a year ago. It continues to encapsulate so much of what is wrong with American politics and society.
May 26, 2023
Violent crime and media bias in the US
The U.S. undeniably has problems with already high and rising levels of violent crime and murder. Most Americans of all political stripes agree. It's just that the right wing and left wing emphasize different narratives surrounding crime.
May 25, 2023
Will the US default on its debt?
The Republican Party is playing political games with its debt ceiling, wanting the U.S. to default so that it can in turn make President Biden look bad.
May 22, 2023
Racist terrorism is threatening US
White supremacist terrorists are responsible for 84% of the terrorist attacks committed against the United States, jeopardizing peace in the country and putting many innocent lives at risk.
May 17, 2023
Child labor push in US
Right-wing legislators seem intent on getting more kids in the workplace in an attempt to solve "labor shortages." There aren't labor shortages. There are shortages of workers willing to work for poverty wages.
May 16, 2023
The paranoia that fuels American gun violence
America is fueled by a paranoid mode of discourse that has been present in the country's politics and society for at least two centuries but which is now manifesting in even more senseless violence due to a proliferation of guns.
May 6, 2023
Riding on the China-Laos rail line
The China-Laos railway, which opened in December 2021 and is already carrying over 200,000 passengers a month, has made transportation in Laos much more convenient than buses and cars and cheaper than flying.
April 28, 2023
Japan's historical revisionism on display at Yasukuni
Continuing visits and offerings made by right-wing Japanese politicians to the soldiers and war criminals interred at Tokyo’s notorious Yasukuni Shrine reflect the very real problem of the Japanese government's denial of history.
March 17, 2023
America and two distinct failures of industry
The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and the derailment of the Norfolk Southern train carrying toxic chemicals in Ohio reveal holes in the American regulatory system that is failing to protect ordinary citizens.
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