John Rash | Star Tribune
Editorial writer and columnist | Opinion

John Rash is an editorial writer and columnist. His Rash Report column analyzes media and politics, and his focus on foreign policy has taken him on international reporting trips to China, Japan, Rwanda, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Lithuania, Kuwait and Canada.. 

Rash's commentary can be heard on WCCO-AM on Friday mornings at 8:10 a.m. and on Wednesdays on "Playing Politics," a podcast from the Editorial Board. He lives in St. Louis Park with his wife, two children and a dog.


Rash Report: Dissent seen despite rise of autocratic age

In Hong Kong, Moscow and elsewhere, a citizen-led counternarrative, though not yet a counterrevolution, to repressive regimes.


Rash Report: Debates focused on the wrong kind of conflict

CNN should have focused more on foreign policy and had candidates answer more profound questions about war and diplomacy.


Rash Report: Moonshot showed America at its best

Political and social strife was omnipresent 50 years ago, too, but the country did not let it eclipse its mission and achievement.


Rash Report: Women's sports soar in 'Maiden' and World Cup

New documentary on the first female crew in a round-the-world race and soccer team's win give context to ongoing fight for equality.


Rash Report: The geopolitics of the G-20 — and the D-20 — agendas

The formal agenda at the summit of world leaders in Osaka and the top topics at the Democratic candidate debates in Miami were revealing.


Rash Report: 'Peace,' remembrance of the Korean War

In Korea, a lifetime's uneasy truce hasn't erased hopes for a true end to hostilities or reduced the importance of America's role.


Rash Report: Far-right's rise risks eroding European unity

The twice-a-decade, 28-nation European Parliament elections, which will be concluded on Sunday, will be a bellwether for populism's popularity across the Continent.


Rash Report: Even from a co-founder, Facebook faces calls for reform

"Christchurch Call" amplifies global concern over antisocial abuse of social media.


Rash Report: J.R.R. Tolkien's life was as compelling as his work

A new movie and a museum exhibit displaying his creative process reveal the human behind "The Hobbit."


The Rash Report: Did you hear the one about the Ukrainian election?

A comic actor will soon take on the country's serious challenges.