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The Great American Awakening

By Robert C. Koehler, Old wounds break open. Deep, encrusted wrongs are suddenly visible. The streets flow with anger and solidarity. The past and the future meet. The news is all Trump, all the time, but what’s really happening is only minimally about Donald Trump, even though his outrageous actions and bizarre alliances are the […]

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Trump, Europe, and Chaos

By Mel Gurtov, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Defense James Mattis went to the Munich Security Conference with reassurances about the US commitment to NATO.  However, their visit was anything but reassuring. They said nothing about the European Union nor Brexit, seemed to condition US support of NATO on the Europeans paying more […]

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Find the adults and get them in the room

By Tom H. Hastings, Trump attacks others, from the Pope to Gold Star families, on a routine basis, often based on no evidence, exaggerated claims, and he claims trends based on cherry-picked cases that are in fact anomalous. Some of his attacks flow from his hypocritical assumption that he, a rich boy who inherited a […]

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Mad About THAAD: An Untimely Decision

by Mel Gurtov, The US decision, supported by the South Korean government, to deploy an antimissile system known as THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) may be one of the most thoughtless strategic moves in a generation. The official US argument is that close-in defense against North Korean missiles is necessary. But the deployment has […]

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Alt-Right, Alt-Facts, Alternative American Reality

By Tom Laurent, President Trump has ushered in a new reality for America.  His campaign showed us this reality is based on fake facts, untruths and his constant demeaning any person or group who challenges him.  Truth for him is based on whatever he says it is at that moment.  During his three debates with […]

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‘White Privilege’ Makes Some Uncomfortable

By James A. Haught, Years ago, I visited our state’s former black mental hospital and fell into conversation with a witty, friendly, black psychiatrist. He taunted me:  “You’re a racist, you know.” “No, no, no,” I protested, but he continued: “Just look at yourself.  You were born white, male and smart.  You could go out into the […]

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War consciousness and the F-35

By Robert C. Koehler “The F-35 Lightning II Program (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program) is the Department of Defense’s focal point for defining affordable next generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and our allies. The F-35 will bring cutting-edge technologies to the battlespace of the future.” Lurking […]

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Roof Sentenced to Death

by Rachel Halfrida Cunliffe Dylann Roof was sentenced to death for murdering nine people participating in a Bible study to which he had been welcomed. In a hail of bullets and horror he killed Cynthia Marie Graham, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton, Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman and Myra Thompson. […]

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A milestone for America’s culture

By James A. Haught Slowly, relentlessly, America’s culture is undergoing profound change.  But the transformation mostly is under the radar, hardly noticed. A new study by the Public Religion Research Institute and Religion News Service finds that the largest faith category in the United States now is people who say their religion is “none.” Apparently, […]

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State of the Nation

By Michael True In public addresses, President Obama assures the American people that the U.S. military command is greater than any other in the world. One must wonder if he is aware that the U.S. has not won a war since 1945, as historian Andrew Bacevich notes. Since the Vietnam War, policy makers and military commands responsible […]

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