I Find the United Nations’ Role In the World Totally Confusing

I see that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (photo below) has demanded an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and I also see that his “demand” has been ignored. Rockets continue to rain down on Israel and hundreds of innocent civilians, including women and children, are still being slaughtered in Gaza. So what does the U.N. secretary-general do […]
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In a Civilized World Mideast Madness Would be Resolved in Court

When Britain ran the world, it was easy to resolve international disputes. The Brits sent a gunboat over to the affected area and told the locals how they were going to settle their differences. In India, for example, Britain decided to separate the Muslims from the Hindus and carved out an area named Pakistan for […]
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Merry Christmas! “For Unto Us a Child is Born”

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, an itinerant preacher who healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the multitude, walked on water and died on a cross at Calvary to free Mankind from guilt. He was not rich in worldly goods. As far as I can tell, His only possessions were a […]
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The French Have a Word (or Two) For it: Organized Crime

I am puzzled by the American media’s reluctance to expose the involvement of organized crime in the global economic crisis. Reporters are too busy trying to link President-elect Obama to the Blagojevich scandal to shed any light on the crimes that may have been committed in the financial sector. It has taken the French to […]
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Shameless Bank Bosses Will Have a Merry Christmas

As millions of American families face the future with tears in their eyes and dread in their hearts,  a privileged class will enjoy a very merry Christmas. Like the Cossacks, the Vikings and the Reivers of old, these latter-day raiders seem to pillage at will without fear of reprisal. But nowadays the pillaging is legal. […]
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Why Does America Support Corrupt Governments?

Nine hundred billion American dollars have gone up in smoke in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what have we purchased? Death, despair, misery and corruption. Recently, one of those international organizations that figure these things out declared Iraq the second-most corrupt country in the world (Myanmar, which used to be called Burma, is Number One). And […]
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Obama Might Build Something of Value on the Ruins Left by Bush

The Bush-Cheney era has been such a disaster for America that Barack Obama may have an opportunity to effect worthwhile changes that would otherwise be politically impossible. Health care springs to mind. With the devastating layoffs of the past two years, millions of Americans have lost the medical insurance that went with their jobs. Added […]
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Watching TV News is Bad for My Mental Health

Those TV talking heads almost had me this time! They almost made me mad at Barack Obama. In fact I was all set to fire off a blog blasting the President-elect. And it wasn’t until I read Lee Stranahan’s piece in The Huffington Post yesterday that I realized my anger was based on incomplete information. […]
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