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The Colombian Elections: Who Will Be the Next President of Macondo?

Posted May 27, 2010 | 09:18:04 (EST)

What country in the world could elect as its next president someone who dropped his pants and mooned a disrespectful audience of students, dressed like Superman to walk the streets of the capital, appeared in a TV commercial showering with his wife, and suffers from a life-threatening disease? There is...

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Nothing Good Comes Out of Africa

Posted May 3, 2010 | 09:17:10 (EST)

I am a teacher, author and philanthropist, and I was a racist. Racism doesn't have to mean you hate those who are different than yourself. It can mean the subtle, pernicious accumulation of unconscious prejudices against those who see the world differently.

I was raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania and...

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Haitians Don't Deserve Our Sympathy

Posted April 15, 2010 | 21:42:17 (EST)

The devastation in Port au Prince on January 12th was enacted by nature and exacerbated by man. The chain of events that enabled this is a lesson in systems thinking, and proof that horrific outcomes are the only result of a system that is perfectly designed to achieve...

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Communists are Back in Africa

Posted March 8, 2010 | 10:00:39 (EST)

Africa was always the chessboard on which stronger nations played. But the productivity of capitalist nations proved greater than the putative power of the Soviet Union. The communists left Africa, and billboards proclaiming, "All Glory to the Revolution" were replaced by pithy aphorisms: "Democratize, Stabilize, Liberalize, and Privatize." These were...

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