Stunning But Not Surprising

The headlines today from Egypt are stunning but not surprising.  The removal of President Morsi from the office of the presidency by the military was signaled as soon as the 48 hour deadline was given.  The military had tipped their hand by giving Morsi the opportunity to resign befor
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Let Joe be Joe

There is an important lesson to be learned since the now infamous  “chains” gaffe.   While the Vice President made an inference that was clearly off-key and offensive as a reminder of this country’s history of slavery, the reaction in the media, the political punditr
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Iraq as Prelude for Afghanistan. (Or…Bigfoot is a Myth)

The Middle East remains a region of consequence for the entire world as the catastrophe in Syria unfolds and the gamesmanship between Israel and Iran continues.  Both conflicts hold radiating consequences for the E.U., Russia, China, the U.S. and an endless number of nation-states.  W
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What Can We Learn?

The election that resulted in the historic win for Aung San Suu Kyi, marks a significant shift in the political future for Myanmar.  Also known as Burma, this country has signaled a willingness to embrace a democratic reform at such a pace that can only be called breathtaking. Suu Kyi
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Yankin’ Your Chain

Please, everyone stop with the game set in place by Rush Limbaugh.  As an old friend of mine used to say, “He’s yankin’ your chain“.  But it is more than that, Limbaugh is manipulating; and doing a fine job at that. Limbaugh need not be given the platform to &#
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What Price Would You Pay for Freedom?

In Syria, the price for freedom is one’s life. I attended a function this weekend for the Syrian American Council where the pragmatic view of the battle for freedom in Syria was sobering. The key speaker, Mr. Mohammad Al Abdallah was matter of fact when he said, “This is w
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today I am walking in my city in the 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Walk -a-Thon.  Each year I walk to remember that the country I live in no longer sanctions the inhumane practice of slavery.  And I am so glad.  I don’t think I could live in a country where such a thin
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Democracy, Culture, and Capitalism

Let’s be clear.  Democracy is a governing system, the form of which in the United States has supported free expression in the market and business sectors. The United States had the great advantage of timing…as a new nation in the latter part of the 18th century it formed a
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Good Food and Lights and Gifts

During this coming week many holidays will be celebrated: Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Over a month ago, Eid al-Adha was celebrated. It is a marvel that in the United States people of all faiths are welcome. Also welcomed are their customs and celebrations. It is a hallmark of th
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Was Iraq a Success?

As the U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq there remain many questions about the reasons for the war in this country following the Al Qaeda attacks on 9/11. Even more questions remain about Iraq’s future. The “political-speak” in Washington includes tough language of sove
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