The current worldwide economic slump represents the return of the capitalist economy to the dark side of its pre-World War II history.
Obamas First Foreign Policy Challenge: Create New International Standards to Resolve The Israeli-Palestinian DisputeBy William K. Barth
For where no law is, there is no transgression Romans 4:1 President Obamas most immediate foreign policy challenge is to determine how to deal with the recent Israeli action in Gaza, and with the broader conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.
After eight years in which ideology reigned supreme, President Obama, it is often said, will bring a welcome pragmatism to Washington. It is worth asking just what this means, or is likely to mean.
I wanted Barack Obama to be inaugurated today as much as anyone. I spent two months going door to door for him in New Orleans where this trailer park chick with a baby in her arms and a cig in her hand told me: Im a Christian, I aint gonna vote for no goddamned Muslim then invited me into her double wide for a beer.
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Beneath the hullabaloo that surrounds our wired contemporary life, replete with internet-ready communication devices and esoteric online communities, local and community media outlets have diminished, largely due to the bottom-line imposed by media conglomeration.
As someone who harbors a fascination for doubles and doppelgangers in art and fiction, where I had assumed such figures live, you might imagine my surprise when, in a weak moment of self-Googling, I discovered an entry for my name to which someone else was attached.
Late last year, as my wifes pregnant belly grew, I knew, surely, my kid would be unique. She would be born with an inherent sense of style and learn quickly how to conduct herself.
As a modern discipline, geography finds its precedents not in the halls of a university but in the stately parlors of early 19th century Europe. During this period, maps were highly prized commodities, state secrets of the highest order, and their possession was deeply bound to notions of conquest and geopolitical power.
Recently, my brotherfully aware of my adolescent predilection for science fictionasked me why futuristic tales seemed to be so universally set in some sort of dystopia rather than a utopian society.
It's hard to imagine Susan Sontag as a young girl, as someone other than the daunting woman with the stern, brooding pose were familiar with from her dust-jacket photographs.
According to the latest census, there are nearly 18 million Italian Americans, or roughly 6% of the U.S. population. Yet even in areas of large concentration of Italian Americans such as New York City, their experience is rarely written about.
In his new book, Embracing the Wide Sky, author Daniel Tammet attempts to correct persistent social ideas about autism, savants, and the creative mind.
History tells us that General George S. Patton, Jr. sustained life-threatening injuries in a December 1945 automobile accident in occupied Germany and died almost two weeks later of an embolism in a hospital bed.
How does Sarah Vowell do it? Despite her deep-seated geek tendencies, the writer and radio contributor has parlayed her persona into a best-selling brand.