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About Ronald E. Yates

Author,  former  foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, and Dean & Professor Emeritus of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, his acclaimed works are now available through this site.

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America’s Descent into an Orwellian Abyss

In college, I read George Orwell’s gloomy and ominous novel 1984. While it was eye-opening, I never once considered that the totalitarian world it portrays could ever materialize in America. Today, I’m not so sure it couldn’t. We seem to be already moving toward the dystopian totalitarian state of “Oceania” …

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Sports Should Unify, Not Divide Us

I recently read the transcript of Clay Travis’s speech last April at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar in Bellevue, Washington. Travis is co-host of The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show and founder of the sports media company OutKick. What he said about sports, particularly women’s sports, was powerful …

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The First Presidential Debate Will Be a Minefield for Trump

Does anybody believe the first presidential debate on June 27 between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will be fair? I don’t—not when the moderators are Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, both of whom are afflicted with TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) and are perhaps the biggest Trump haters at CNN. If …

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Do Big Conservative Victories in Europe Foreshadow the U. S. Presidential Election?

It used to be said that when the United States coughed, Europe caught a cold. Times have changed. In recent European Parliament elections, millions of Europeans cast their ballots across 27 countries, and Europe’s conservatives won big. Very big. It was MEGA, as in “Make Europe Great Again,” big. This …

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When Does a Generation Gap Become a Generational Canyon? (Part 2)

Accomplished wordsmith William Safire once defined a generation gap as “a frustrating lack of communication between young and old, or a useful stretch of time that separates cultures within a society, allowing them to develop their own character.” That’s a pretty good definition. But it doesn’t tell the whole story. …

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When Does a Generation Gap Become a Generational Canyon? (Part 1)

In the past couple of weeks, two stories caught my attention. One decried the growing wealth gap between the young and old in America. The other highlighted the growing difference between older and younger Americans in terms of social values and morality. Should we be surprised by either of these …

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Lawfare & the Persecution of the Political Opposition

Kim Dae-Jung, Jose Napoleon Duarte, & Donald Trump. What do these three men have in common? Other than the fact that they once led their nations, all three were prosecuted and convicted during show trials of bogus crimes by the reigning governments of their respective nations. Two were sentenced to …

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Remembering Tiananmen Square: A Massacre that Foretold China’s Ingrained Malevolence

As Washington passively watches China pursue political and military domination in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and now, apparently in Latin America, it’s clear to me that our leaders and Americans, in general, have short memories about how brutal the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) can be. That’s one reason …

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A Retrospective on the Tiananmen Square Massacre Tomorrow

Please join ForeignCorrespondent tomorrow, June 4, for my retrospective on the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, China–a horrendous event that I covered on that date in 1989.  In light of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) continued threats against Taiwan, its menacing alliance with Russia and Iran,  its antagonistic presence in …

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Which Makes Better Soldiers: DEI or Assimilation?

Unlike Gen. Arbuckle, author of the following commentary, I went through basic training for the U.S. Army at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. I was assigned to E Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Training Regiment, or E-3-2. It was October 8, 1962, and we ended basic training on November 29, 1962. It …

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Harrison Butker and the Goalposts of Life

Last week, Harrison Butker, the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl champion place kicker, ignited a firestorm of derision from the woke left after he committed the unforgivable sin of speaking honestly and passionately about the dignity of life, masculinity, and motherhood during a college commencement address. Just what did Butker …

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The First Casualty in War is the Truth

During the pro-Hamas and anti-Israel demonstrations that have plagued the world for the past few months, protestors have told us that Israeli defense forces have killed some 34,000 Palestinians in a display of unmitigated genocide. Just where do those figures come from? The United Nations is one source. The other …

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