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Campaigns for the US presidency have many casualties. The candidates

August 20, 2008 - Posted by Paul C. Taylor in Democracy

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August 20, 2008 - Posted by Paul C. Taylor in Democracy

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from http://www.mindfake.com/Illusion_25.html

August 18, 2008 - Posted by Paul C. Taylor in Democracy

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Historical Background The end of the Cold War splintered the Soviet Union into numerous different countries. Almost all of them could tell themselves that they were breaking free of an autocratic central government. The exception

August 15, 2008 - Posted by David Silbey in Militarism

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Is an attack on Iran about to happen? A An Appeal for Action (Thoughts on CNN's Black in America Series)

I have received several emails and phone calls from friends and family who have been moved to tears of sadness (laced with hope) by what they saw on CNN last night. The program made me reflect on an exchange I had with a colleague a few years ago when my son was less than two years old. My colleague was an older White man for whom I had unyielding affection and respect. Despite his political leanings, which were opposite from mine, we actually shared common values and principles including a love of justice and fairness and a commitment to education and hard work. I called him friend. On this particular day, we were discussing my career choices and the impact on my young family. I remarked about the challenges that confronted me raising a Black boy in today

July 25, 2008 - Posted by Charisse Carney-Nunes in Democracy

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If You Don't Know Where You're Going, Any Road Will Get You There

Perhaps the most urgent lesson of war is exactly the need to learn from conflict. Combat is a harsh teacher but always offers precise tutorials in how, exactly, things can go wrong. Needless to say, Iraq has re-proven that adage. The organizations most eager to learn those lessons are the military services themselves. They always believe that they will have to fight another war, sooner or later. The clich

July 03, 2008 - Posted by David Silbey in Militarism

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What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?
-Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred? The emergence of Senator Barack Obama as the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for President brought to mind, for me, this question made famous by Langston Hughes. Irrespective of party affiliation, this story of triumph and hope will be translated in classrooms around the world as the realization of a dream. The 2008 Presidential Election peaked the interest of millions of Americans because of the merits and unique characteristics of strong contenders. An African American man and a woman were formidable candidates for President, and while these are unalienable traits that should be considered part of the package as opposed to the appeal of the package, history was made. For generations, parents have told their children that one day they too can become the President of the United States of America

June 17, 2008 - Posted by Brandi Colander in Democracy

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For Washington Insiders, the coming together of the left leaning Brookings Institute and the right leaning Heritage Foundation to discuss an issue, any issue, over the course of a year registers as something like a minor miracle. For Brookings and Heritage to come to agree in principle and in policy prescriptions regarding this issue is enough to cause both the washed and unwashed to suspect that the end may very well be near. Or, maybe a beginning? What issue is important enough for Brookings and Heritage to meet for a year and agree to a broad strategy for how to meet its challenge? In their words:

May 05, 2008 - Posted by Mark Jefferson in Economics

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