Iran has Reasons to Mistrust US

Look, the Iranians have a good reason to hate and distrust America. They elected a moderate “socialist” secular government in 1953. The government wanted to nationalize the oil industry in Iran, so the CIA had the legitimate, elected leader and his government ousted in a coup, and brought back the…

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Bernie vs. Ronnie Part III: This is Getting Weird

Big hullabaloo, brouhaha going on because the Democratic National Committee is only allowing 6 debates in the 2016 primary. Sanders and O’Malley are claiming this is just to “save” Hillary. Indeed, in 2008 they had 20+ debates, and Hillary lost. Now, the last time any Party only allowed 6 debates…

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Bernie vs. Ronnie Part II: A Personal Note

The dismissive attitude with which the Beltway Media as well as political pundits and leaders are treating Bernie Sanders has sounded, in a way, reminiscent of the way in which people – including myself – viewed Ronald Reagan in 1980. People are constantly calling Bernie an “extremist” and a member…

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Bernie versus Ronnie – The Pendulum Swings!!

People wonder why / how Bernie can be so popular — the reason is clear: he has been consistent in his Liberal beliefs for at least 40 years. Imagine, a politician who is true to his ideals, even when they are not popular; one who stays the course, keeps true…

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Gonna take a fast train?

I took a train today from Barcelona to Madrid. The journey was 640 km, or roughly the same distance as from Boston Mass. to Washington DC. It took 2 hours and 30 minutes. No shit. Moreover, I did not have to go through all the security, the tra-la-la that surrounds…

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Islam is Not The Enemy (and I cannot believe I have to say this)

There seems to be a troubling trend in many areas of public discourse that aims to paint Islam as somehow different from other religions in its brutality, barbarism and militarism. This is simply wrong. Islam until recently was a relatively peaceful religion, and governments based on Islamic Law were relatively…

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What Will Ebola Teach America?

So now we find out that the Texas hospital that hosted the first Ebola case diagnosed in the USA was woefully ill-equipped to handle the disease. The fact that the Liberian man who showed up at the hospital was (a) black and (b) without insurance led to his being sent…

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What Ray Rice and ISIS Have in Common

Ray Rice, the NFL football player who is now being persecuted for beating a woman unconscious in an Atlantic City Casino elevator, probably thought he was going to get away with it. The security video that first propelled him into the spotlight was shot from outside the elevator and showed…

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Of Guns and Men

In “Bowling for Columbine“, Michael Moore made the case that the number of guns and the availability of guns is not causal in the number of gun deaths, There are plenty of examples where a country has as many if not more guns per capita than the US (e.g., Canada)…

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“Takers” versus “Makers” in Today’s GOP

I have been thinking about the GOP – and especially the Romney/Ryan – arguments about “makers versus takers”. We all know about Romney’s views on “the 47%” . You may have also heard Ryan’s remarks in a similar vein: he puts it at 30% of the US population that are…

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Dispatch from Barcelona – First Takes

One of the first things that one notices in Barcelona is the public cleaning and care-taking of the city. Throughout the city, throughout the day and night, an army of cleaners, clad in green and yellow hi-visibility uniforms, patrol the streets, sidewalks, parks and other public spaces, sweeping and washing…

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About the Occupy Wall Street “Movement”

Maybe I have watched too many Frank Capra movies, but I think everyone in that 99% sees themselves as Jimmy Stuart or Gary Cooper struggling against some Lionel Barrymore character. Maybe things have become that desperate. Maybe there will be a movement, maybe people will come together, and maybe America will change direction.

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The Great Divergence, Part II: Religion

Another, second aspect of what I am calling The Great Divergence between the US and Europe has to do with religion … or I should say, religiosity. Since 1980, Europeans have been moving steadily away from religion, whilst the USA seems to be moving steadily towards a more religious public…

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Obama a Disappointment for Europeans

I was asked recently about the perception of Obama in Europe. Short answer: promises broken – or at best unfulfilled. BO started out strong, embraced by the Europeans more than anyone else as the “anti-Bush”. Unfortunately, from a European/international standpoint, little has changed. Obama is keeping with the Bush strategies/plans…

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The Great Divergence

The US and Europe are two advanced cultures that have very different ways of viewing the world. It is widely accepted in America today that what works in Europe cannot and should not work in the US. A prime example of this is Health Care. The Republicans in Congress are…

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