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Senator Schumer's Position on the Iran Nuclear Deal: Knowledge or Error?

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

This essay casts the following questions in a systems analysis paradigm: What if Senator Schumer's is wrong in his assessment? What would be the consequences of that erroneous viewpoint and blunder?

Who's Right: Obama/Kerry/UN/World Or GOP/Bibi?

Mark Green | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

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Corn and Cooke debate how to keep Iran from weaponizing its nuclear energy. Obama's tour de force presser argues 'jaw-jaw not war-war'. Critics say that simplifies the issue. But wasn't lifting sanctions for no-nukes the plan? Then: was Scott Walker ready for his close-up? Hillary for her Eco orals?

Changing Names Doesn't Change History -- It Just Hides It

Jennifer Delton | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Delton

It makes sense to remove the Confederate Flag from government space. Though there are people who believe it stands for heritage and a unique Southern culture, that flag is also an active symbol of hate in today's world. Ben Tillman and John Calhoun are not active symbols of hate. Few today even know who they are.

Two American Heroes Show Us How to Restore Our Exceptionalism

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Molly Alexander Darden

On June 6th, they buried Beau Biden, an American hero. Biden expressed his patriotism by living his ideals as a loving family man, an attorney, military officer in the Judge Advocate General Corp, an Iraq War veteran and a politician.

How It Was To Be: FDR and the UN's San Francisco Founding Conference, 70 Years On

William Bradley | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As the dignitaries and delegates from 50 nations made their way the evening of April 25th, 1945 into the San Francisco Opera House for the opening of the founding conference of the United Nations, they encountered a stage redolent of an Enlightenment aesthetic. It contained four golden pillars.

Allies Are Not Like Facebook Friends: US Should Drop Useless And Dangerous Alliances

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

If America ends up at war, it almost certainly will be on behalf of one ally or another. Washington collects allies like most people collect Facebook "friends." The vast majority of U.S. allies are security liabilities, tripwires for conflict and war. Alliances should be based on interest, not charity.

Time for a History Lesson for Our 47 Iran-Letter Senators

John A. Tures | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The Founding Fathers wrote an important role for Congress in foreign policymaking. I just wish some of them would read what their job responsibilities are, and, you know, be constitutional.

100 Years of Racism, From Woodrow Wilson's White House to Ferguson

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Black Voices
John W. Boyd Jr.

The road is long, but we must stay on course in the name of Jimmie Lee Jackson, killed by police in 1965 Selma and Michael Brown, shot down by police in 2014 Ferguson--and countless others who sacrificed their lives for change. We must keep faith in an America of the future, a better America that can treat all its people fairly, white, black or brown.

'The Birth of a Nation': A Century Later

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

The first major box office hit charged a staggering $2 admission and reached 50 million people before sound films appeared in 1927. Its millions in profits built Hollywood. Beyond profits, it aimed to educate the public in the values of white supremacy.

Birthers, Then and Now

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The most virulent haters of President Obama have long been called "Birthers." A major historical anniversary we observe this month suggests that the name is far more appropriate than has been realized.

This Week in World War I, January 17-23, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

The products of American industry had always been available to the Allies. In fact the period from 1914 on had seen an economic boom in the U.S. as European wartime demand had meant a steady stream of orders across the Atlantic. With America's entry, however, the terms of trade would become considerably more flexible and easier to finance.

A Reflection on Veterans Day

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Originally known as "Armistice Day," November 11 was chosen to annually memorialize the cessation of hostilities between the Allied powers and Germany ending World War I, which was then regarded as "the war to end all wars."

Debt Collectors, Social Darwinism and William Jennings Bryan

Don McNay | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Don McNay

In the over 90 years since William Jennings Bryan's death, we have seen scores of major atrocities played out with the theory of "survival of the fittest" as a motivating factor. We are also seeing it at every level of business and society.

How to Fix America's Gridlock

Diane M. Francis | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Diane M. Francis

The midterm elections loom but everyone knows what the outcome will be: gridlock, gridlock and more gridlock. That's because the U.S. system is based on a 227-year-old prototype (circa 1787) that badly needs a refresh to match the efficiency and transparency that characterizes other, superior government systems.

Edge of Eternity: A Talk With Ken Follett

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

"It struck me that the period beginning with the First World War and ending with the fall of the Berlin wall was the period to write about. I realized it needed to be three books, each one based on a different war."

Random Notes & Fripperies -- The Prequel to the Sequel

Tom Alderman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Who's responsible for letting actor/author Chris Colfer voice his own audiobook, The Land of Stories, a Grimm Warning? Aside from garbled words, his fourth grade reading technique is a formidable obstacle to getting past the first chapter.

Iraq, Syria, and Today's Other Killfests: The Great War as the Tragic Gift that Keeps on Giving

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

The morning of June 28, 1914 dawned bright for most Europeans. By sunset a geopolitical cataclysm loomed. World War I demonstrated the importance of saying no. Any of the great powers could have stopped the march toward war. America could have refused to join the parade after it started. The world would have been a better place had one or all done so. Today, Washington is filled with routine proposals for new interventions: bombing campaigns, foreign invasions, and military occupations. Most seem unlikely to trigger a new world war. But a century ago no one expected an assassination in a distant Balkan province to do so either. That is reason enough for Americans to make war truly a last resort.

Gender Neutral and Father's Day

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.15.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

With the gradual acceptance of gay and lesbian couples and the enactment of more and more laws permitting same-sex marriages, are we beginning to see the breakdown of the role of both mothers and fathers in the lives of the family?

Moms Like Mother's Day

Bill Prescott | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Prescott

I like reasons to celebrate, and there is no one on this planet that deserves your recognition more than your mom.

Political Insults: Cheap Shots or Do They Play an Important Role in American Politics?

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Politics is a funny business, and certainly not a good career choice for the thin-skinned. If you want to play in this game you've got to be prepared for highly insulting remarks not only about the positions you may hold, but about your personal life as well.

President's Historic Home Reopening To The Public

AP | MEG KINNARD | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After nearly a decade of renovations, the South Carolina home where President Woodrow Wilson lived as a teenager is reopening ...

Woodrow Wilson and Barack Obama: Disturbing Parallels?

Keith Runyon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Keith Runyon

Barack Obama is a man much like Woodrow Wilson. Ivy League-educated, a former professor and an advocate for reform, he has run into the same sort of solid opposition in Congress that tormented Wilson.

Wilson the Worst

Jeff Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jeff Taylor

Blessed with a fine education and considerable talent, Wilson generally used his powers for evil rather than good. It's fitting that Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize, while true peacemakers of their generation, men like Tolstoy and Bryan, were snubbed.

Another Presidential Home To Visit!

AP | JEFFREY COLLINS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina home where President Woodrow Wilson lived as a teenager is about to reopen after $3.6 million in renovation...

Wilson, Obama and Congress

Scott Porch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Scott Porch

"Wilson wanted to put a face on the presidency," said A. Scott Berg, whose new biography Wilson is a comprehensive and deeply human portrait of the former president.