4 mn read The social media platform TikTok has become a form of escape for people of all ages to dance, lip-sync and laugh during quarantine. The video-sharing app has reached 100 million people in the United States, but President Donald Trump stands against it. The president issued an executive order aiming to ban TikTok because of national security concerns. The app is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance and has been under scrutiny after the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused it of sharing user data with the Chinese government.
3 mn read Last week US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a pivotal speech at the American University in Cairo titled, “A Force for Good: America Reinvigorated in the Middle East.” While the speech was a political and policy counterpoint to the one delivered by former President Barack Obama in 2009, it contains key points that transcend partisanship and the region to which the message was addressed.