Archive - 2014

October 16th

When Whites Just Don't Get It, Part 3

    Some white Americans may be surprised to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu describe Bryan Stevenson, an African-American lawyer fighting for racial justice, as "America's young Nelson Mandela."

    ("Huh? Why do we need a Mandela over here?" they might ask. "We've made so much progress on race over 50 years! And who is this guy Stevenson, anyway?")

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Malala is free as a bird and a Nobel Peace Prize winner

    "A talib fires three shots at point-blank range at three girls in a van and doesn't kill any of them. This seems an unlikely story," writes Malala Yousafzai in her memoir "I Am Malala." "When people talk about the way I was shot and what happened I think it's the story of Malala, 'a girl shot by the Taliban'; I don't feel it's a story about me at all."

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Lady Psychopaths Welcome

    Fighting Superman is super hard.

    "The guy is tough," says Ben Affleck, who is playing Batman in a new iteration filming now in Detroit where the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel duke it out. The actor is also having a tricky time with less heroic characters in his new hit movie, "Gone Girl," a twisted and twisty conjugal cage fight that has sparked charges of misogyny, misandry and misanthropy.

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Islamic State's ideologues attract eager followers

    As British war planes arc through Middle Eastern skies and security services race to unravel terrorist plots at home, the nation's most prominent propagandist for the Islamic State sits in a London sweets shop, laying out his radical vision between bites of dessert.

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IS Invasive Species

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IS Invasive Species

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Appetite, Bill and Barack

    After the latest meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative wrapped up three weeks ago, I thought I'd missed the perfect window to write about Bill Clinton's continued hold on Americans' hearts, his sustained claim on the spotlight.

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We are all Liberians now

    Ebola is a nightmare disease that travel restrictions cannot keep out.  The correct response should be urgent concern -- not panic -- and an all-out crusade to extinguish the West Africa outbreak of the deadly virus at its source.

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Putin Shows His Hand

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Catalogue of woes puts Washington in the doldrums

    Baseball lore recalls that legendary manager Casey Stengel, when running the hapless 1962 New York Mets, forlornly asked his charges: "Can't anybody here play this game?" It's an appropriate question right now in the nation's capital concerning not only baseball but also football and politics.

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