A State of Denial: Candidates, Consequences and the Road to Peace

This article was originally published in the January 2012 edition of The Kenyon Observer In an interview with The Jewish Channel last month, Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich described the Palestinian people as “invented.” When questioned during a presidential debate a few days later, Gingrich continued to make misleading remarks, including “The word ‘Palestinian’ did … Continue reading A State of Denial: Candidates, Consequences and the Road to Peace

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-obic campaign

I am disgusted with the xenophobic tone present in the comments of many of the GOP presidential candidates in recent weeks, and disheartened (but not surprised) that the trend continued tonight during the Republican debate in New Hampshire. These Constitution-toting candidates ignore the plurality inherent the opening lines of our Bill of Rights :"Congress shall … Continue reading -obic campaign

OBL’s Death; Hoping for the End of an Era

Last night, as it was being announced that the president would make a speech my friend said, half-jokingly, that we had probably found bin Laden. We did. I was in fifth grade on September 11, 2001. I have grown up watching my country descend into a quagmire of militarization, subjugation of Muslim and other Arab … Continue reading OBL’s Death; Hoping for the End of an Era

Juan Williams, Jon Stewart, and Our Unconscious Minds

Shankar Vedantam has this interesting article about the associations we make between individual action and consequent judgement about large groups (i.e. Juan William's comments). After reading the first page, the article bothered me: it seemed too complacent, too willing to just accept that these connections are just "how we operate," but the conclusion of the … Continue reading Juan Williams, Jon Stewart, and Our Unconscious Minds

Remembering Katrina

"If there is any real, fundamental danger to America (as opposed to all of Fox’s made-up stuff, that is), this is it: That the country will fail because its government does not provide even minimally competent services to its citizens." -Mark Coatney This is belated but still worth posting. I went for a week of … Continue reading Remembering Katrina

we didn’t start the fire

"... we are seeing forces that cannot ultimately be stopped by anyone - until they have wrought the hideous consequences so many zealots on all sides desire." Andrew Sullivan discussing the current political and emotional climate. My heart aches... I seriously pray he is wrong. As I have grown and sought my education and broadened … Continue reading we didn’t start the fire