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edmund-jenks's picture
Aug.31.2012
   Clint Eastwood speaks to Barack Obama as represented by an empty chair. Image Credit: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY   Of Clint Eastwood, Chairs, And A Job Well Done The presentations at the Republican National Convention (RNC) were strong with a theme that was gifted to the...
tim-wise's picture
Aug.25.2012
For the most part, I’ve tried to be restrained. Although conservatives accuse those of us on the left of thinking that all critiques of President Obama are rooted in racism, this has certainly never been my argument. Indeed, I’ve written two books highly critical of Obama’s positions on a number of...
tim-wise's picture
Aug.11.2012
In the pantheon of right-wing dog whistles, none is as tried, true, and generally effective as “welfare” bashing. Ever since the days of Ronald Reagan, who fabricated tales of a “welfare queen” collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash benefits by using multiple identities and Social...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Jul.30.2012
Have you got it yet? The Surreal Season Headache-and-a-Half? I start to feel my SSHH! when the presidential election campaigns ramps up during the summer before the election, and the pounding doesn’t usually stop till November at the earliest. It’s an overdose of surrealism, plain and simple:...
aberjhani's picture
Jul.05.2012
Imprisoned Ethiopian journalist and publisher Eskinder Nega.(photo courtesy of World News)    “I am Eskinder Nega. Like my hero Nelson Mandela, my soul is unconquered, my spirit unbroken, my head unbowed, and my heart unafraid.”—Eskinder Nega from I Am Eskinder Nega Change is one of the...
farzana-versey's picture
Jul.04.2012
Between a man in a dark grey suit and a bright-eyed bride in white, they seem to have covered the American dream. Insider trading and ‘marrying well’ are common occurrences, but when these things happen in the United States of America they become symbols. Somewhere outside of this Wall Street and...
aberjhani's picture
Jun.05.2012
Barack Obama and actor Tom Hanks toast Queen Elizabeath II at a 2011 celebration. (photo by Pete Souza)    The British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II reportedly quoted the great Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay’s poem “If We Must Die” when he addressed the...
gary-morgenstein's picture
May.22.2012
He (play)wrights again . . . Syfy PR maven Gary Morgenstein, a dramaturge of some note, has penned “Right on Target,” his newest play, which will premiere in August at the New York International Fringe Festival. The play, which Gary dubs “a bipartisan romantic comedy,” revolves around a...
farzana-versey's picture
May.14.2012
Picture this: President Barack Obama waving at the crowds in a gay parade. Behind, there are men wearing helmets, fire-hoses in hand. Helming the operation would be Mitt Romney, the enemy of the state until the elections. This could be the digitalised image on Time magazine’s cover. The...
farzana-versey's picture
Mar.05.2012
That Barack Obama invoked Gandhi’s name reveals delicious irony as it posits morality with “unlimited sex”, in Rush Limbaugh’s immortal words. I’d like to draw your attention not to the moral versus the amoral, but to the two moral paradigms here. While Limbaugh can be taken to the laundry...