Category Archives: Middle-East

With Friends Like These

It seems to me…. “Middle East history is replete with examples of missed and lost chances to make peace.” ~ Richard N. Haass[1]. The Middle East has been a major conundrum for the U.S. since approval of the Balfour Agreement … Continue reading

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Celebrating Christmas

It seems to me…. “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” ~ Calvin Coolidge[1]. While they … Continue reading

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The Domestic Political Threat

It seems to me…. “People might not protest for overtly political or social causes, but when they can’t feed themselves and their family, they will take to the streets.” ~ Marcus Samuelsson[1]. The U.S. faces a number of critical challenges … Continue reading

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Curbing Weapons-Related Killings

It seems to me…. “Respecting the Second Amendment does not mean abandoning common sense. The right to own guns in this country must remain, while we also must strengthen our laws to prevent mass shootings.” ~ Claire McCaskill[1]. What does … Continue reading

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Recession Anxieties

It seems to me…. “Keynes’s contribution was not just to advocate spending government money in the middle of a recession. Every government had done that going back to the days of the Irish potato famine. What he gave to us … Continue reading

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Some Truths About Immigration

It seems to me…. “America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.” ~ James Madison[1]. A U.S. core competitive … Continue reading

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Coping With Environmental Change

It seems to me…. “Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, and it is imperative that we act before it’s too late.” ~ John Delaney[1]. The old adage that “everyone” talks about the weather but no one does … Continue reading

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