Trump’s attack on his own intelligence services was both extraordinary and expected
By Hussein Ibish in The National, Feb 2, 2019
This week starkly illustrated a remarkable feature of Donald Trump’s administration: this president does not do policy; he only does politics.
Policy professionals always struggle to square sound foreign policy with the effective domestic politics that political leaders require. This tension cannot be completely resolved, although its intensity varies, depending on circumstances and personalities.
This conundrum has … [more] “Trump’s post-truth presidency”
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Seems a mea culpa – Latin for “Oops!” – is in order. Who knew our prodigal practitioner could issue a challenge and then dictate rules of engagement for any who dared? My last ramble apparently strayed far afield from doctor’s orders.
Oops! #2 – my last letter left the impression that China’s “Great Wall” was something of a success. It was not. Like Sam Cooke’s song, don’t know much about history. Especially sixteenth century Ming Dynasty history. It is … [more] “What we should be talking about”
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January 21, 2019
Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
By Michelle Alexander, Jan. 19, 2019
On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The United States had been in active combat in Vietnam for two years and tens of thousands of people had been killed, including some 10,000 American troops. The political establishment — from left to right — backed … [more] “My conscience leaves me no other choice”
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By Arkansas Times’ “The Observer” (David Koon), June 14, 2018
If you can, cast your mind back to when you were very young and recall what it felt like to be separated from your mother and father. Not just playing in the yard or another part of the house, but truly, even for a moment, lost. Recall the vice crush of panic in your chest.
If you were ever a parent, remember the feeling of being in a … [more] “In your name”
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Support for Morgan
Sentinel Record Letter to the Editor, Sunday, January 28, 2018
This is my response to the Muslim, Mahmoud El-Yousseph’s letter (Sunday, Jan. 21) which was highly critical of Jan Morgan, owner of the Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range. Mrs. Morgan has declared her business a “Muslim free zone,” which made the national news in 2014.
Mr. El-Yousseph called this a cheap publicity stunt to help her to get more support for her running … [more] “Response to the Muslim”
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: ‘Trump is where he is because of his appeal to racism’
By Donald McRae, Friday 8 December 2017 13.26 EST
Like all people my age I find the passage of time so startling,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says with a quiet smile. The 70-year-old remains the highest points-scorer in the history of the NBA and, having won six championships and been picked for a record 19 All-Star Games, he is regarded widely as being second only to Michael … [more] “We all have so much work to do”
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Hedd Wyn: the shepherd poet whose story shows the stupidity of war
By Giles Fraser, Thursday 9 November 2017
When the first world war broke out, the poet Ellis Humphrey Evans was working as a shepherd on the family hill farm in north Wales. Generally better known by his bardic name, Hedd Wyn, which means blessed peace in Welsh, Evans initially refused to sign up. While the Anglican establishment was calling on young men to do … [more] “War”
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