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Shari Cohen

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The Idiots Guide to Rebooting Congress

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 12:36 PM

GOP members of the Senate and the House
Democrat members of the Senate and the House
Local Fire Company
Press Corps

1 clean oil drum
1 box of easy strike matches
1 gas fireplace lighter

Step 1:
Convene all...

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Thank You People of the Battleground States

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Dear People of the Battleground States,

As a phone banker for the Obama for America Grassroots Campaign, I just wanted to say 'thank you' for your kindness, patience and humorous interactions after being called incessantly for months now. I phone banked for Obama the last couple of days - in...

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Freedom... What Is It Good for?

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 10:15 AM

Freedom... Hah. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing... under a Romney Administration. OK so maybe misquoting a War song wasn't a serious way to start off this post but I'm feeling like if I can't laugh about this stuff I'm going to tear my hair out soon.

Let's be...

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America: Can We Handle a Real Emergency?

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 12:19 PM

I live in San Diego County and last week we experienced a power outage that lasted from about 3:30pm Thursday, until about 1:30am the Friday morning. As far as 'disasters' or 'emergencies' go, it was lightweight. I mean, it certainly was no Katrina. But the factors around this particular experience...

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9/11, Nine Years On

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2010 | 3:46 PM

Nine years ago today, I was in Kampala, Uganda attending an international conference on HIV/AIDS and pregnant women. I remember coming out of a particularly exasperating session, and as I passed my colleague in the hallway of the conference hall, I pointed to the room I'd just come out of...

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South Africa's World Cup Legacy: Operationalizing Ubuntu

(5) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 11:13 AM

After my last article on Ubuntu, which I wrote a couple of weeks ago on my experiences in South Africa during the month before and the first half of the World Cup, I was literally blown away at most of the responses I received. I had no idea...

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South Africa Rolls Out the Ubuntu in Abundance

(82) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 11:35 AM

I went on a rant the other day regarding the cost of the 2010 World Cup versus all the critical needs South Africa is facing and whether or not the most vulnerable of this country would gain anything from having the World Cup hosted in their country. At that time,...

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South Africa's World Cup: Is Anyone Really the Winner?

(8) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 11:39 AM

As I type this, I am sitting in my hotel room in Pretoria, South Africa. I have been here since early May, evaluating an HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children program that is being implemented throughout the country. Each day since I've arrived, one can feel the level of excitement in...

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Hello, Mr. Obasanje? The Doctor Will Text You Now

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2008 | 11:15 AM

The Bush Telegraph is a phrase that describes how people quickly pass information to others in a particular region, typically in an African "bush" setting. It conjures up exotic locales in faraway places where mosquito nets are commonplace and transportation is not. And where making a simple local call can...

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Obama Gives New American Hope

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 1:50 AM

Meet Mitra, a 31 year old first time voter - I met her last weekend, volunteering at my local Obama campaign office. We've been working together every day since, inputting phone bank data to support the Colorado Obama field offices. Last Sunday, when we first met, Mitra mentioned that...

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In Uganda, Obama The Talk Of The Town

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2008 | 8:58 AM

The state of "democracy" in the US is, in the opinion of this world traveler, under siege. People from outside do not see it as clearly as those of us who live it daily, but even from out here in Uganda, to Africanize a recently overused quote, "you can put...

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