Like Dirty Harry with a social conscience, the Brazilian film Elite Squad: The Enemy Within manages to kick all kinds of righteous ass while delving into the pernicious effect of corruption on those allegedly pledged with looking after the public welfare.
It is more than ironic that at the same time Republican leaders in Congress are trying to kill the public financing system, the Republican party is happy to ask for and accept public funds to finance its own political activities.
The people know that many in Congress seem to be in business for themselves and at times their sole objective seems to be getting reelected at any cost, even if it means abdicating their role as representatives of "we the people."
Individual by individual, an anti-corruption wave is growing within Indian civil society. In recent months, people from all sectors of Indian society have said 'enough is enough' and, each in their own way, are doing something about it.
In Uganda, corruption often arises out of desperation. In America, more typically, its wellsprings are greed, pure and simple. And it's hard to decide which is the more dismaying, the more disfiguring, the more disgusting.
I believe that corruption hurts both the (populist) Left and the (populist) Right. And because I believe it hurts both of us populists, I believe there is a reason to try to engage with people I otherwise disagree with.
The initial feelings that rushed over me after hearing the announcement that we're pulling out of Iraq were of deep relief. But then they turned to deep sadness over the terrible cost of a war that was always wrong: intellectually, politically, strategically and, above all, morally.
Those who see the Occupy movement as a movement of the Left need to tell me how calling people you disagree with "racists" is going to get us the super majority it takes to make any fundamental changes in this country, under this broken political system.
What Americans are demanding -- whether they are occupying Wall Street or not -- is that Washington stop helping us to death, and simply allow a level playing field for all to succeed or fail without the burden of a government that does too much and spends too much.
America has entered a new political era of protest and patriotism in a great and powerful tradition. When winter turns to spring, those who seek to champion the 99 percent are poised to mobilize for the largest protests in the history of America, and the world.
Why is the president unwilling to allow that the crisis requires anything more than tinkering around the edges? Probably because admitting the full scale of the problem would require admitting he's not up to the task.