In times of economic stress, there is a tendency to look for the cause of problems in some identifiable "other" group, race, religion or country. But perhaps Pogo had it right: "We have met the enemy and he is us."
So to enlighten you dog owners who remain clueless as to how to behave amidst your fellow New Yorkers, here's a few tips.
One cannot read the published accounts of the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn without concluding that he is probably guilty. But what if he isn't?
This past week played like a cautionary tale in reputation management. It could be titled The Powerbroker and the Celebrity. And the moral of the s...
In too many scenarios involving the powerful and the powerless, the powerful prevail, with the powerless person dissuaded from even thinking of their own rights, much less pressing for them.
The DSK scandal so far has not driven a wedge between France and the US and not resuscitated the age-old reflexes of anti-Americanism. For those who tried to exploit it, it did not pay off. French anti-Americanism ain't what it used to be!
The Hotel Sofitel/Strauss-Kahn case must serve a higher purpose than journalistic sensationalism, it must serve to remind all corporations of the need to develop and effectively implement workplace domestic violence policies.
After every financial debacle or war, there is a huge political struggle over whether creditors get to stand in the way of an economic recovery. Greece is the poster child for this dilemma, and the Greek story reveals the real villain of the piece.
What makes the sex scandal that broke open last week so resonant is the way the alleged assailant and victim model larger relationships around the world, starting with the IMF's assault on the poor.
We are outraged by your lack of empathy for your victims! We're not talking about the targets of your sexual advances, of course. We mean us.
If you are reading this Sunday Roundup, it means that those Rapture-ready believers predicting that Saturday would be Judgment Day were wrong. But earlier this week, a different kind of judgment day did arrive, in the form of the first comprehensive report on last year's Upper Big Branch mine disaster, which killed 29 workers. And a damning judgment it was, placing blame squarely on the mine's owner, and calling the tragedy "a cautionary tale of hubris." The same verdict could be applied to Dominique Strauss-Kahn who, on course to become president of France, felt entitled to take a detour to a hotel sexual assault. Paired with the latest news about the equally hubristic former governor of California, it made one long for more women leaders -- who, if you notice, never seem to find themselves accused of attempted rape or forced to admit to having a child with the household help.
Historically the IMF Managing Director has been European and the World Bank President American but nowhere in the "Articles of Agreement' is this mentioned. So where did this bias come from?
So all in all, it was a week like no other and underscored the fact that women should be handed the reins more often than not.
Strauss-Kahn, Schwarzenegger, Berlusconi -- why do men who run the world need so much sex? I know the answer. And when I tell you what it is, it's going to shock you. Like really, you're not going to believe it.
The press would do well, when lawyers make outrageous statements, to add: Remember, lawyers feel free to lie when it serves those who pay them.