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Carla Seaquist
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Carla Seaquist is a writer and playwright. Since 9/11 she has focused on writing op-eds for national newspapers, most regularly The Christian Science Monitor. Her play-in-progress, Prodigal, is a retelling of the parable of the Prodigal Son. Other plays include Who Cares?: The Washington-Sarajevo Talks (Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago; Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C.; Festival of Emerging American Theatre, Indianapolis) and Kate and Kafka. Her earlier career in civil rights culminated in the post of Equal Opportunity Officer for the City of San Diego and appointment to the California Governor’s Task Force on Civil Rights. An international relations major, she earned a B.A. with honors at American University’s School of International Service and pursued an M.A. at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Long a resident of Washington, D.C., she now lives in the “other” Washington (Gig Harbor), where she serves on the board of Humanities Washington. Her husband Larry, a former Navy captain, was elected in 2006 as a Representative (Democrat) to the state Legislature.

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London Rejects Fear and Elects Its First Muslim Mayor

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 4:55 AM

With 50% of Americans agreeing with fear-mongering Donald Trump that Muslims must be barred from entering this country, the fact that London, one of the world's most important cities and capital of the country with whom we have a "special relationship," just elected the first Muslim...

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Classic Political Films for This Historic Presidential Campaign

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 2:00 AM

A surreal reality-TV host emerging as the GOP's front-runner, a democratic socialist making serious impact in an America traditionally allergic to the s-word, a woman making the strongest case to date for the White House, the fervor of populist anger and turnout, and the volatility of the whole mix---this 2016...

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Is American Capitalism Becoming More Human?

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 6:27 PM

Suddenly, capitalism American-style looks a little more human and a little more fair, if recent developments on the business front become a trend.

Like the magical number of three, and seemingly magical in being sprung on the public so unexpectedly and in such quick order, three recent business developments should...

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Pop Culture Captures Campaign Politics

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 11:07 PM

When a nude picture of a potential First Lady of the United States is used in a presidential campaign, and when that news, with photo, makes the public airwaves as it did on the venerable PBS NewsHour, we know that pop culture has met head-on with the campaign...

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Trump's Crudeness: A Crude American Culture is Shocked, Shocked

(3) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 12:11 PM

Are we there yet? Are we at the nadir?

Donald Trump's boast at last week's Republican "presidential" debate, that his (shall we say?) "equipment" was more than adequate, marks a new low in a long and storied history of campaigning for the White House, which explains the scare-quotes around "presidential."...

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The Anger Election of 2016: How Will We Handle Our Anger?

(3) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 9:49 AM

With the outsized victories of outliers Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary, the essence of 2016 becomes clear: This election is about anger. Trump is riding a dangerous xenophobic anger among Republicans, while Sanders is riding a righteous anger among Democrats at...

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Whatever Happened to the Famous American Ability to Say "Nuts" to Charlatans, Crazies, and Fear-Mongers?

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 2:56 PM

Shortly after the onset of the Battle of the Bulge, one of World War II's hardest-fought campaigns, with the Americans surrounded by German troops, when the American commander General Anthony McAuliffe was given the enemy's ultimatum to surrender or face annihilation, he famously replied: "NUTS!" The...

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Refugees Are Not the Problem, My Fellow Americans. Fear Is.

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 9:45 AM

It's sad how quickly the world's pre-eminent refuge from war and persecution -- the United States of America -- can forget its roots: Except for Native Americans, we all of us descend from refugee or immigrant origins.

But fear can obliterate that common heritage instantly. Republicans especially seem quick...

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Writing for Our Post-9/11 Times: Part II

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 11:19 AM

What is a serious writer to do in a culture going off the rails, decadent, un-serious?

Sometimes it's not your own volition that decides the way forward, but external events, History. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 -- the shock, the deaths, the tragedy -- decided it for me. From...

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Writing for Our Post-9/11 Times: Part I

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 3:59 PM

There is a scene in a little-known but fine film from 1947 called Odd Man Out that, ever since I first saw it a few years ago, has stayed with me for its metaphoric power.

The film is about a leader of the Irish Republican Army, the I.R.A., played by...

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Corporate 'Talent' Must Imagine Worst-Case Scenario, i.e., Ruination: VW, GM, Peanut Corporation

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 12:14 AM

You would think a corporation with high-priced "talent" in its executive suites could imagine the risks---to the corporation if not to consumers or their own employees---if it crossed the legal line. Of course, you'd hope those executives wouldn't even think of crossing that line. But if they did, you'd think...

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The Speech Hillary Clinton Should Give to the 1 Percent on Capitalism and Income Inequality

(5) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 1:19 AM

Fat Cats, Members of the 1 Percent, the Filthy Rich: Just kidding.....

I come in peace and I come with a proposal -- an investment proposal and a course correction -- to restore and secure this great country going forward. You, America's wealthy class, are key to the American...

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Atticus Finch as Racist Bigot: 'More Human'?

(3) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 12:09 PM

It's been a tough season of late for heroes. They are shattering all around.

Lance Armstrong, who beat cancer to win the Tour de France a record seven times, is revealed to be a doper who bullied other cyclists into silence. Greg Mortenson, who claimed to build hundreds of...

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To Ensure No Harm, Shouldn't a Psychologist Be in the Interrogation Room?: The APA Ban on Torture

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 4:52 PM

Finally: Last week, after a ten-year internal struggle, the American Psychological Association voted to ban its member psychologists from any involvement in national security interrogations and, more to the point, in torture.

To rectify an ugly development, documented in the independent 542-page Hoffman report, of...

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Books for Our Times: Winner-Take-All Politics, by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 6:11 PM

Sixth in an ongoing series, Books for Our Times.

To ensure a book's long life, authors should pick a big problem that remains unsolved and big. Money in politics, for one. This time, not the money in political campaigns, but the money that secures and exerts power in Washington.

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Post-Charleston, Ferguson, Newtown: How "Advanced" Is America?

(10) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 2:15 AM

In the early aftermath of the massacre of nine African-American parishioners, including their pastor, gunned down by a white male shooter in their house of worship, Charleston's Emanuel A.M.E. Church, a sorrowful President Barack Obama posed this challenge in his White House press conference:

"At some...
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Books for Our Times: Losing Our Way, by Bob Herbert

(3) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 12:33 PM

Fifth in an ongoing series, Books for Our Times.

Losing Our Way is a book that will resonate with many thoughtful Americans who feel, like the author, that America has lost her way in this last half-century. That would be most Americans, actually: Two-thirds of the American public...

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Fifty Shades of Shame: Playing at Torture

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 8:16 AM

I don't usually comment on trash -- life is too short -- but when a piece of trash makes a cultural statement, I brake.

Fifty Shades of Grey, a tale of sexual bondage that began life as a novel breaking all sales records and print runs, has...

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Racist Police, Courts, Fraternities: Who Says We Don't Need Affirmative Action Anymore?

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 12:04 PM

America is now so sufficiently "post-racial" that affirmative action is no longer needed as corrective action. So ruleth the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a series of recent cases filed by police and fire departments, school districts and colleges, the Court, in closely-contested rulings, has weakened or even wiped...

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Free Speech vs. Responsible Speech: We Need to Talk, Again

(8) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 10:01 AM

We need to talk -- again -- about how we exercise our basic, elemental, Constitutional right to free speech.

Up front, let's make clear we are not talking about censorship of that most precious of rights, the right to express ourselves freely without punishment. But we are talking about a...

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