Donald Trump's Odious Pledge Stirs Memories of My Muslim and Arab Friends

by Pat Hynes The original article was posted here: indypendent.org/2016/02/18/donald-trumps-odious-pledge-stirs-memories-my-muslim-and-arab-friends Donald Trump’s odious, ugly American pledge to prohibit Muslims from entering our country stirred long-cherished memories of my Muslim and Arab students and friends. I am looking at 2 small cream-colored pillows nestled into corners of our living room chairs. They are embossed with arabesque … Read more Donald Trump's Odious Pledge Stirs Memories of My Muslim and Arab Friends

Sincere Ignorance And Conscientious Stupidity

Martin Luther King, Jr. famously announced that “nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”. Those words have never seemed more apt than when Public Policy Polling (PPP) released the results of a report on Friday which stated that 30% of American Republican primary voters said they supported the … Read more Sincere Ignorance And Conscientious Stupidity

Us versus Them: An Idealistic Misrepresentation of ISIS

by Megan Stagman of the Organization for World Peace (OWP) In reporting conflict, there is always a temptation to radically simplify for the sake of ease and accessibility. This year has been all about the ‘bad guys’ ISIS versus the rest of the world, either the innocent victims of cruel attacks or the united heroes … Read more Us versus Them: An Idealistic Misrepresentation of ISIS

Helping Others

Helping Others In her President’s letter to the Bulletin, Metta Spencer reacts with alarm to recent comments by Louise Arbour. After decades of experience in the field, Ms. Arbour concluded that the current approach to the protection of vulnerable people around the world is “not working” and suggested a “more limited approach involving empathy”. In … Read more Helping Others

“When Saving Others Doesn’t Work” dialogue and additional essay

This blog post is a follow-up to my President’s Corner essay in the May 2015 SfP Bulletin: When Saving Others Doesn’t Work. Click the preceding link to read the original, and come back to this page for: Emailed responses by colleagues in Russia, Canada and elsewhere (together with my comments in italics); A follow-up essay, … Read more “When Saving Others Doesn’t Work” dialogue and additional essay

Metta's Reply to Derek Paul, Others Wanting to Stop Growth

By capitalism I mean what all economists have always meant, including Marx: the exchange of goods and services such that the prices are determined by a market—supply and demand. The only significant alternatives to capitalism are (a) primitive autarky (subsistence without exchange, possibly augmented by a “gift” economy in which people have traditional obligations to … Read more Metta's Reply to Derek Paul, Others Wanting to Stop Growth

How Many Chernobyls Before We Get It?

First published in Truthout Twenty-five years after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion, a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami devastated northeast Japan, killing and injuring thousands of people and crippling the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant. Though the likelihood of this catastrophic event was known, the plant was not designed to withstand the massive tsunami that … Read more How Many Chernobyls Before We Get It?

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