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Kyle G. Brown

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Following the Charlie Hebdo Massacre, How Long Will the Solidarity Last?

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 9:59 PM

When masked gunmen emerged from the magazine's offices and onto the street proclaiming, "We killed Charlie Hebdo," it was a reference not only to the 12 people they shot dead in cold blood, but to the satirical magazine itself.

An attack, in other words, on the very...

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Mahmoud Abbas, Meet Warren Buffett

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 6:30 PM

You might think Palestine and President Barack Obama's mooted "Buffett Tax" have nothing to do with each other.

Well, you're right.

Except for one thing: Republicans have found a way to (unwittingly) combine the two -- with revolutionary results!

By dismissing higher taxes on America's wealthiest as "

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Absence of Empathy

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 6:19 PM

As the latest memorial of mass murder recedes into our calendars' crossed out dates, we should look back... at how we look back, and peer beyond the grief and suffering, into the rank hypocrisy of America's leaders who make a mockery of it all.

While President Barack Obama read scriptures...

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Have a Good Look, America, That's Democracy in the Making

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 4:48 PM

As America, the world's loudest democracy disgraces itself with gridlock and obstructionism, it's ironic we must look to the Middle East to recall the promise of real democracy.

It may well take years before it flourishes in the rocky soils of Tunisia and Egypt, but it makes for more...

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Hitchens Gave Blair a Rhetorical Beat-Down -- And It Didn't Matter

(8) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 2:27 PM

At Toronto's Roy Thompson Hall on Friday, mining tycoon and host Peter Munk's meandering introduction finally gave way to what was billed a battle of ideas. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair debated with ardent atheist Christopher Hitchens, over whether religion is a force for good in the world.

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Now Showing in the Theatre of Public Apology

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 1:12 PM

I'm at the local café, glaring across the counter at an increasingly sheepish cashier.

"I can make you another one," she says, trying to avoid eye contact. She had forgotten I wanted my café latte not up to the rim, but three-quarters up. "No," I hissed, leaning in, "I...

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Pride in South Africa and Penance Abroad: The Tide May be Turning

(3) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 3:46 PM

South Africa's streets can be dangerously distracting for the news junkie. Everywhere, they're lined with trees and poles bearing placards with head-turning headlines in large print, such as this: "The Day We Earned Respect."

It referred to the national team, Bafana Bafana's unlikely tie two weeks ago with Mexico...

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Beyond the Tobin Tax: End the Free Ride for the Financial Sector and Impose Fees to Revive the Economy

(16) Comments | Posted September 28, 2009 | 3:50 PM

Michael Moore acted out a near-universal fantasy when, in his latest film, Capitalism: A Love Story, he pulled up to a bank in a Brinks truck, stepped out, and announced to security guards: "We're here to get the money back for the American people."

As effective as it must...

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