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John Rash

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John Rash is an editorial writer and columnist. His weekly Rash Report column analyzes media news and trends. His focus on foreign policy as an editorial writer has taken him on reporting trips to Japan, Turkey, Rwanda, Kuwait and Kazakhstan. John was the recipient of a 2014 Society of Professional Journalists Page One Award for editorial writing. John's commentary can be heard Fridays at 8:20 a.m. on WCCO-AM (830), the CBS radio affiliate in the Twin Cities. Prior to joining the Editorial Board, John was a senior vice president, director of media analysis for Mithun, a Minneapolis-based national advertising agency. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and has been an adjunct faculty member at the U's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He lives in St. Louis Park with his wife and two children.
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Rash Report: Rising asymmetric threats may shift military's role

Sharp partisan divides on nation's place in the world.
Rash Report: How propaganda propped up China's Cultural Revolution

Rash Report: How propaganda propped up China's Cultural Revolution

Posters from a chaotic era depict China's descent into political, cultural calamity.
Rash Report: Obama's Hiroshima visit is about the future, not apology

Rash Report: Obama's Hiroshima visit is about the future, not apology

The president has made progress, but proliferation, terrorism and arsenals will test his successor.
Rash Report: Climate-conflict link should rally global action

Rash Report: Climate-conflict link should rally global action

Building "adaptive capacity" can mitigate the "fragility linkage" that imperils some societies.
Rash Report: Progress is possible on press freedom and journalist safety

Rash Report: Progress is possible on press freedom and journalist safety

World Press Freedom Day, arrest in Daniel Pearl case and push for U.N. action amid a bleak era.
Rash Report: A 1968 template to today's media-political nexus

Rash Report: A 1968 template to today's media-political nexus

Insightful documentary "Best of Enemies" is part of Walker's "Cinema of Urgency" series.
Rash Report: International Women of Courage Award winners offer Mideast hope

Rash Report: International Women of Courage Award winners offer Mideast hope

State Department honorees show how much Mideast stands to gain from fuller participation of women.
The Rash Report: Candidates, the president and the press

The Rash Report: Candidates, the president and the press

Donald Trump's approach to the news media is unacceptable, but President Obama should show improvements, too.
'Eye in the Sky' raises more drone questions than campaign

'Eye in the Sky' raises more drone questions than campaign

Riveting film explores unmanned warfare's many military, moral, legal and diplomatic dilemmas.
State stands to gain with global approach

State stands to gain with global approach

Minnesota International Center changes its name, but not its mission of engagement.
French, Lebanese and American diversity converge at Alliance Française events

French, Lebanese and American diversity converge at Alliance Française events

"Le Mois de la Francophonie" focuses on oft-forgotten Lebanon.
Oscar Sunday, Super Tuesday: Movies (and campaign) reflect a longing

Oscar Sunday, Super Tuesday: Movies (and campaign) reflect a longing

The themes of "returning" and "home" play out in Oscar Sunday and Super Tuesday races.
Culture has become a tool to challenge North Korea

Culture has become a tool to challenge North Korea

South Korea uses broadcasts, flash drives, to sway North Koreans.
An emerging generation considers campaign 2016

An emerging generation considers campaign 2016

"Generation Z" was shaped by Great Recession and diversity.
Iowa and the Super Bowl: Kicking off 2016's biggest games

Iowa and the Super Bowl: Kicking off 2016's biggest games

There are telling similarities — and a key difference — between mega events.
A Trump-less debate highlights a campaign heavy on politics, light on policy

A Trump-less debate highlights a campaign heavy on politics, light on policy

A split-screen between the Republican debate and a Donald Trump rally highlights the politics, but not the policy, of the 2016 race.
Despite dangers, getting the 'ground truth' compels journalists

Despite dangers, getting the 'ground truth' compels journalists

Brothers Charles and Richard Sennott are among those advocating for journalists' safety and the need for on-the-ground reporting.
'13 Hours' and the enduring Benghazi debate

'13 Hours' and the enduring Benghazi debate

New movie renews attention on the 2012 consulate attack at a crucial time for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Sobering global events crash New Year's party

Sobering global events crash New Year's party

First week's market, martial and diplomatic turmoil matches many foreign-policy analysts' predictions of a sobering '16.
2015's politics, media set 2016 stage

2015's politics, media set 2016 stage

A "permanent campaign" and endless "election years" made the past year consequential for this year's vote.
China's internal, and international, tests

China's internal, and international, tests

The nation's remarkable economic, diplomatic and military rise also brings increasing domestic and geopolitical challenges.
Presidential rhetoric in times of crisis

Presidential rhetoric in times of crisis

Obama's words carry particular weight when it comes to crises in the Mideast and Europe as well as the diplomatic "pivot" to Asia.
'Spotlight' shines amid harsh glare on the press

'Spotlight' shines amid harsh glare on the press

New movie about the Boston Globe's investigation of the Catholic Church's abuse scandal shows the power and necessity of the press.
Protect the press to preserve democracy

Protect the press to preserve democracy

U.S. should back a call to create the position of special representative of the U.N. secretary-general for the safety of journalists.
Arts and human rights organizations form a strong Minnesota bond

Arts and human rights organizations form a strong Minnesota bond

Breadth and depth of local organizations with global impact is displayed in "Art Illuminating Human Rights."
For U.S. and Russia, a post-Cold War chill

For U.S. and Russia, a post-Cold War chill

New film "Bridge of Spies" recalls a taut time, but one with perhaps more geostrategic clarity than the current bilateral challenges.
Suburbia and modern media in symbiosis

Suburbia and modern media in symbiosis

New Minnesota History Center exhibit explores the symbiosis.
For Francis and Xi, contrasting styles of statecraft and stagecraft

For Francis and Xi, contrasting styles of statecraft and stagecraft

World leaders differ in style, substance, intended audiences and impact.
So far, a 2016 race of insurgent candidates and evolving media

So far, a 2016 race of insurgent candidates and evolving media

Money still matters in this Citizens United era, but citizens uniting does, too.
Even in the video age, still images move

Even in the video age, still images move

A now-famous photograph of a drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy finally gets the world to take notice of the migration crisis.
How the gridiron and TV undergird each other

How the gridiron and TV undergird each other

An NFL "marketing machine" with deep media ties faces a film, and facts, about concussions.
Seeing the best of America — and immigration — from India

Seeing the best of America — and immigration — from India

The impact of immigration — an issue vexing multiple countries — depends on a nation's perspective.
An uneven Brazilian and Olympic metamorphosis

An uneven Brazilian and Olympic metamorphosis

Selection of Rio and Beijing suggest transformation in the Olympic movement, too.
On superheroes, social media and society

On superheroes, social media and society

"Batkid Begins" documentary depicts Americans eager to see, and do, good.
Rash Report: Media tech is increasingly used to carry out and combat human rights violations

Rash Report: Media tech is increasingly used to carry out and combat human rights violations

State Department finds tech is both a weapon and a tool to combat violations.
Ever the statesman: Walter Mondale on media and politics

Ever the statesman: Walter Mondale on media and politics

Key issues are campaign finance and a vigorous press.
World Refugee Day — and decade

World Refugee Day — and decade

A new U.N. re­port de­scribes a re­cord exo­dus across count­ries and con­ti­nents.
Debate over debate should favor voters

Debate over debate should favor voters

The 2016 presidential race is too consequential to arbitrarily limit the first GOP candidate debate to the top 10 in national polls.
Privacy in the digital age: Coming to terms with Big Brother

Privacy in the digital age: Coming to terms with Big Brother

Events lead to U.S., European divergence on balance between security and privacy.
Periscope ups the ante for sports, media and politics

Periscope ups the ante for sports, media and politics

Live-streaming apps are just the latest digital disruption to upend established models.
Rash Report: Nepal news coverage 'vital' to recovery

Rash Report: Nepal news coverage 'vital' to recovery

Journalists spur worldwide interest, international aid, and long-term follow-through.
Missing the depth(s) of Jacques Cousteau

Missing the depth(s) of Jacques Cousteau

Adventure-learning media is more relevant than ever at a time of increasing environmental and climate concerns.
There are multiple factors driving complex Mideast conflicts

There are multiple factors driving complex Mideast conflicts

Sectarian dynamics are not solely responsible for region's wars.
Rash Report: The pope, pop culture, billboards and Armenian Genocide

Rash Report: The pope, pop culture, billboards and Armenian Genocide

On its centenary, the "forgotten genocide" gets global attention via a variety of political, religious and media measures.
Pop Art, 'Mad Men' and an enduring era

Pop Art, 'Mad Men' and an enduring era

Walker's "International Pop" shows links between art, advertising and society.
'Timbuktu,' as movie and metaphor

'Timbuktu,' as movie and metaphor

Challenged but promising, a complex continent needs more foreign policy focus.
Editorial cartoonists draw scrutiny (and security)

Editorial cartoonists draw scrutiny (and security)

After attacks, challenges mount for "the ever more dangerous profession."
The Clinton e-mail controversy in context

The Clinton e-mail controversy in context

Governance, diplomacy, journalism and the public's right to know all require openness and transparency from public officials.
Amid world turbulence, a #peaceitforward campaign

Amid world turbulence, a #peaceitforward campaign

Nobel Peace Prize Forum aims to get individuals to "tell the world how you build peace."
The information counterrevolution

The information counterrevolution

Two recent reports document a worldwide decline in freedom of information.
Amid big history movies. a smaller work of fiction feels real

Amid big history movies. a smaller work of fiction feels real

Academy Award contender "Boyhood" connects in a year of controversy over how Hollywood portrays history.
Domestic dynamics behind Russia's foreign policy

Domestic dynamics behind Russia's foreign policy

Public opinion polls offer a "leeway" and a "limit" on backing Ukrainian separatists.

Skyway diplomacy, thanks to the Brits

You can learn about more than the Beatles and Mr. Bean at "Pop-Up Consulate" in Minneapolis.
The extraordinary nature of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

The extraordinary nature of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Harper Lee stuns the literary — and wider — world again with news of her "new" novel.
The Walker's WPA roots are still relevant today

The Walker's WPA roots are still relevant today

A legacy of civic leadership and citizens willing to invest in public access to art endures.
'Leviathan,' black swans and Russia

'Leviathan,' black swans and Russia

Amid the country's deepening crisis, this lauded film depicts a cynical society.
Geoeconomics, culture make Germany widely admired

Geoeconomics, culture make Germany widely admired

The country offers a template on how to reckon with and rebuild from an infamous era.
World War II movies stand out in an Afghanistan, Iraq era

World War II movies stand out in an Afghanistan, Iraq era

'Unbroken,' 'The Imitation Game' and 'D-Day: Normandy 1944' depict a full societal war effort.
A chilling cyberattack on Sony — and all of us

A chilling cyberattack on Sony — and all of us

The free world's news and cultural content cannot be dictated by tyrants or nonstate actors.
Press repression reflects Turkey's challenges

Press repression reflects Turkey's challenges

Pushback against domestic and international news media in a society on "knife edge."
A particularly British approach to advertising

A particularly British approach to advertising

Arrows Awards arrive as the U.K. seems more introspective than internationalist.
Social media storms deluge the news

Social media storms deluge the news

With #pointergate, #AlexFromTarget and others, new media alters old constructs.
Cursory campaign despite a 'complex world'

Cursory campaign despite a 'complex world'

World Affairs Councils conference shows the need to dive deeper for the 2016 race.
'Citizenfour' and the surveillance state

'Citizenfour' and the surveillance state

New documentary on Edward Snowden captures history, encapsulates debate.
'Cycle of impunity' imperils journalists — and the news

'Cycle of impunity' imperils journalists — and the news

A study says killing journalists mostly goes unpunished and warns of media "black holes."
Rash Report: Media-political divides in D.C. and at home, too

Rash Report: Media-political divides in D.C. and at home, too

Political polarization also manifests itself in broadcast, newspaper and Facebook behavior.
'Men, Women & Children' examines lives led online

'Men, Women & Children' examines lives led online

New film and new studies document the impact of the evolving digital age.
Madeleine Albright on the role of diplomacy in a destablized world

Madeleine Albright on the role of diplomacy in a destablized world

A global system 'in flux,' a 'stunningly complicated' Mideast and 'human' diplomacy.
Behind the subdued reaction to an energy revolution

Behind the subdued reaction to an energy revolution

Complex, contradictory signals from global markets, geopolitics, mass media.
'Last Days in Vietnam' documents chaos, courage in U.S. withdrawal

'Last Days in Vietnam' documents chaos, courage in U.S. withdrawal

'Last Days in Vietnam' documents the chaos, and courage, during the U.S. withdrawal.
Media control a key Chinese foreign-policy tactic

Media control a key Chinese foreign-policy tactic

Press suppression and simultaneous "seeding" of the public on nationalism and the economy affects domestic and foreign affairs.
Fifty years later, LBJ's 'Daisy' ad still stuns

Fifty years later, LBJ's 'Daisy' ad still stuns

Creative, controversial campaign ad set the bar, and tone, for today's political communication.
Fears about social media? Same as it ever was.

Fears about social media? Same as it ever was.

A new book — "From the Dance Hall to Facebook" — explores "teen girls, mass media and moral panic."
A 'Global Conversation' about climate change

A 'Global Conversation' about climate change

The topic comes to a series at the Minneapolis Central Library, an encouraging environment.
Muslim roots run deep in U.S. and in Minnesota

Muslim roots run deep in U.S. and in Minnesota

"Tracks in the Snow" depicts state's mosaic.
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