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A New Climate Vision on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

(10) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 6:05 PM

Each year's celebration of Dr. King's birthday reminds us of the perfect formula for neutralizing and even neutering the message and mission of one of the great prophetic figures of American history. Give him a national holiday, build a magnificent monument in his honor, name avenues and schools after him...

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From Rockaway to Cuba: Sandy's Impact on the Poor

(6) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 1:42 PM

Monday's New York Times suggests that even the one percent, the leaders of Wall Street, have been effected by the power of Hurricane Sandy. Certainly millions of middle class people have suffered dislocation, as well as loss of electricity, homes and their sense of security. What has been less discussed...

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Faith Leaders to Congress: Enough Is Enough on Climate

(4) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 5:12 PM

As a seductively early spring brings premature cherry blossoms to our nation's capital and while cruel storms and floods pound the Midwest, our Congress seems to have forgotten about the climate crisis. Nevertheless, a recent article in Scientific American underscores these disasters by warning that we are rapidly reaching the...

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Arrests and Jail On Wall St.

(6) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 6:06 PM

What is it about being arrested that evokes such deep and ambivalent feelings from most of us? Revulsion and fear from the majority and a different reaction, sometimes even attraction or the willingness to pay the price, from a few.

It is reminiscent of the account...

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Japan's Nuclear Nightmare

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 1:47 AM

The calamitous Japanese earthquake and tsunami -- with the reluctant official admissions of possible reactor core meltdowns -- is a tragic reminder of the nuclear history of the Japanese people. Japan was the victim of U.S. atomic bomb attacks in 1945 at Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- the only country to...

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MLK Day and Arizona Evoke Memories of Selma

(12) Comments | Posted January 16, 2011 | 5:48 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King's emergency call from Selma for white clergy to join the civil rights struggle against racial violence and injustice came to my attention at dawn on March 8 of 1965, shortly after morning Mass was sung in the ancient Gregorian chant by our community of Benedictine monks...

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The Carbon Tax: A Moral Issue

(23) Comments | Posted April 8, 2009 | 2:04 PM

The recent announcement of two pieces of important clean energy legislation in the Congress have put the carbon tax versus cap-and-trade debate on the national front burner. This disagreement as to the most effective remedy to confront the climate change crisis may seem like just another controversy among Washington energy...

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Lessons for President-Elect Obama From Mumbai

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2008 | 7:12 PM

Our new president-elect is surely as apprehensive as the rest of the world about the threat of new Mumbai-type attacks spreading around the globe. What then are the policy insights that he should derive from this recent tragedy? The answers to this question are particularly significant in light of the...

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