I have often thought the uphill climb faced by advocates of renewable energy was like the "little blue engine" of the post-industrial age. Is it possible to power that engine of economic growth with renewables instead of coal and oil?
Don't expect an outcome equal to the (mostly) peaceful overthrows in Tunisia and Egypt in every single country now affected by this "people power" movement. There are major differences from country to country.
Why did the president not have anything to say about Egypt -- where thousands of people, inspired by Tunisia, were taking to the streets to protest their own repressive government -- another one the US has backed for years?
As one who has lost a daughter in her prime of life, I know how hopeless Christina's parents feel in their loss. What President Obama offered was to give Christina's young life a focal point for the whole country.
I could not comprehend why anyone would be obliged to have a "career track," at (what I saw as) the tender age of 27. In fact, I had never entertained the concept the way my American friends were referring to it.
From time to time Americans discuss our "exceptionalism." Some think it means being better than others. But in addition to meaning remarkable or exceptionally good, it also means abnormal, anomalous, aberrant, and deviant.
Previous American crises always had an identifiable, external cause that could be remedied, however painfully. But this time there is no external cause. The enemy is us. Americans are suffering from corrupt values.