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Susanna Speier

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Women2Drive Politiku

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 6:37 AM

Manal Alsharif was arrested for driving last month.

Saudi law forbids women this right. Manal, determined to have an impact, used social media to broadcast her act of civil disobedience. Saudi authorities quickly tracked her down and arrested her.

The Rosa Parks reference in President Obama's Arab...

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Palin's Revere Fact Check Politiku

(28) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 2:57 PM

Fact Check Politiku: Paul Revere's Letter to Jeremy Belknap Circa 1798 

The page of the Massachusetts Historical Society website, pictured below, has no firewall. It is not obfuscated by a screen name and password wireframe obstacle course. The identity of a first pet is not required to gain...
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Arab Spring Politiku

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 12:38 PM

Much has been made of the contrast between Obama's address to the Arab Nations two years ago and yesterday's address. That is -- the contrast between the speech made two years ago and the speech following Tahrir and Bin Laden.

Little has been made of a most subtle yet perhaps...

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Mid Term Election Anxiety & Halloween Politiku

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 1:50 PM

Originally posted on Susanna Speier's Blog

Christine O'Donnell's, I am not a witch ad, inspired me to purchase the witch wig that I returned, unopened, the day before Halloween.

I did not return the wig because I wasn't able to get a hold of the Delaware snow...

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The Social Network Politiku

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 1:54 PM

"I haven't seen it; the previews make me want to barf. I already know the story, and I don't really want to sit through...
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Another September 11th Is Over and Done Politiku

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2010 | 6:55 AM

Thanks to Facebook's "likes," Twitter's hashtags and, of course, the call from Mom, I was not alone on 9/11/10. Thanks to my low tolerance for unity, I also managed to steer clear of a day riddled with iterations of redundant media coverage reiterating the now internalized attack of another kind:

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Craigslist Censored Compendium Politiku

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 7:01 PM

So much has been written about this already that, unless your head's been in the sand for the last week, you probably don't need another 101 rundown, so here's a compendium of the smart stuff. Hopefully this can make a small contribution towards countering the myriad misconceptions now running rampant.

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Ground Zero Mosque Controversy Politiku

(3) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 4:57 PM

Not only is the Ground Zero Mosque controversy a misnomer in title -- the 51 Park Mosque and Community Center (formerly referred to as Cordoba House) is not actually visible from the actual Ground Zero site -- but it misses the mark in a far scarier way. It...

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Military Vet P.T.S.D. Politiku

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 11:36 AM

The July 5th submission pile-up of "Fireworks & Combat Trauma Politiku" --written by military vets with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-- in response to my July 4th Shout Out-- made me feel like a US Postal Service employee on December 26th. Craig Newmark's and Lily Casura's superbly...

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Fireworks and Combat Trauma Politiku

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2010 | 12:52 PM

Fireworks & Combat Trauma Politiku

Craig Newmark's recent blogpost about National PTSD Awareness Day inspired me to draft a proposal for a series of Politiku workshops for U.S. Military Veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to combat trauma. Craig referred me to Lily Casura, author of the...

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140 Characters Politiku

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2010 | 1:26 AM

April's 140 Characters Conference at New York's 92nd street Y ran the gamut. Organizer Jeff Pulver sourced more idealistic twitter users than pragmatists, but there were enough in-betweeners to keep conversations unpredictably entertaining.

Students of eighth grade technology teacher, George Haines, used Twitter to assume identities...

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Greenwashing Politiku

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 5:03 PM

The celebratory Guinnisses many of us enjoyed on St. Patty's Day were green but not in the way that New Belgium --with their solar array, packaging hall made of beetle kill pine and Team Wonderbike-- is every day of the year.

The dayglo utopian landscape and Esperanto...

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Sex Scandal Politiku

(3) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 1:08 PM

Earlier this week, Amy Anderson a high school friend I recently reconnected with through Facebook, posted Charlie Wilson's obituary on her Facebook wall. The retired Texas Democrat Congressman's heart gave out just four days before Valentine's Day.

Wilson, known as much for his womanizing as his controversial politics, was...

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Social Media Politiku

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2010 | 11:22 PM

New York Social Media week attendees came from insomnified newsrooms, midtown ad agencies and ivory towered J-schools. Bloggers, PR consultants, aggregate founders and overcaffeinated entrepreneurs congregated in clusters.

Some attendees were local. Others made pilgrimages from as far as Spain to plug into this week-long hive of...

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New Year's Neuroeconomics Politiku

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2010 | 1:31 PM

In 2010, the frequency of Politiku I post will be determined exclusively by the success and/or failure of my New Year's resolution to balance the number of unpaid writing projects with the number of paid writing project I take on.

The rush I get by hitting the "submit" button...

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H1N1 Politiku

(13) Comments | Posted November 18, 2009 | 4:45 PM

Shortly after my friend, Rachel Levy suggested I do an H1N1 Politiku, she began to blog about it herself.

Rachel's smart, fair, well researched analysis of the situation inspired me to attempt to corral a legion of literary inclined epidemiologists and academics to give their take on the...

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Mad Men Politiku

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 9:16 AM

Politiku is about politics. At least, ever since its launch last spring, my HuffPost Politiku column has been. Obama, The Supreme Court, Iran, Health Care and Obama again.

But I can't seem to stop blogging about Mad Men. Can't even manage to stop blogging about other people...

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Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Politiku

(11) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 10:52 AM

The Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision to grant Obama the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize has not gone over well with the Taliban, Hezbollah or with Jamaat-eI-Islami, the conservative religious party in Pakistan. Nor did the Committee's decision sit well with Hamas, who also expressed disagreement about the Norwegian Nobel Committee's unconventional...

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Health Care Politiku

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2009 | 12:17 PM

Not at all surprising, when I sent out my Health Care Politiku submission query I was swamped with phenomenal submissions. The delay in posting, however, had less to do with the volume of submissions I had to parse, process, and select and more to do with the subject matter....

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Apollo 11 Politiku

(3) Comments | Posted July 18, 2009 | 2:20 PM

That relentless curiosity, courage and pyrotechnic brilliance driving the astronauts, engineers, rocket scientists, physicists and researchers who dedicate their careers to space exploration, is a limitless source of fascination and inspiration for me.

To honor the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11's moon landing, I sought out individuals involved with...

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