Tide Beginning to Turn in Venezuelan Politics?

April 01, 2017 | No Comments

What happened in Venezuela this last Wednesday amounts to a coup reminiscent of the infamous Fujimorazo, when in 1992 president Alberto Fujimori dissolved the Peruvian congress.

Posted in Economy, Law, Opinion, Politics

Kedi and Get Out, film reviews

March 06, 2017 | No Comments

Kedi is a Turkish documentary (kedi is Turkish for cats) about the stray cats of Istanbul, and a love letter to that exotic city.

Posted in Arts/Entertainment

Scientology, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, a film review

March 01, 2017 | 2 Comments

Gibney interviews eight former Scientologists, including Paul Haggis (director of Crash), about their involvement, growing disenchantment, and finally, separation. Three of those interviewed held senior leadership positions.

Posted in Arts/Entertainment

Democrats Maintain Status Quo with Election of Perez to DNC Chair

February 26, 2017 | No Comments

Democrats yesterday maintained the status quo with the election of former Labor Secretary Tom Perez over Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) for the Democratic National Committee Chairmanship.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

A Review of 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films

February 21, 2017 | No Comments

Even dedicated film fans are often stumped at the Academy Awards when it comes to the ‘short films’ categories. When and where are they ever shown, and who has the chance to see them?

In Support of Planned Parethood

February 16, 2017 | No Comments

Demonstrations were held at least 225 Planned Parenthood clinics across the country on Saturday in support of, and against, the organization.

I am Not Your Negro, A Film Review

February 12, 2017 | 3 Comments

Race in America is a tough persistent issue, and we often delude ourselves into thinking that we are progressing toward more inclusiveness and less racism.

Senate Should Confirm Gorsuch to Supreme Court

February 01, 2017 | No Comments

The Senate should confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court if he is found to be qualified.

Posted in Law, Opinion, Politics

Syrian Refugees Are Like Tornado Survivors

February 01, 2017 | No Comments

A friend, with whom I frequently disagree politically but who has a big heart, shared a saying on Facebook that reads, “Not takin’ Syrian refugees and closin’ our borders isn’t ‘mean’ or ‘heartless.”

 A Letter to our Planet

January 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

With all three branches of our government under the control of the Republican party, it would be easy to feel as we do that we are about to be inundated by a tsunami of decisions that could be alarming for even those of you who live many time zones and oceans away.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

America Unhinged

January 14, 2017 | 2 Comments

They see that Mr. Trump is beholden to nothing – not his party, not our intelligence agencies, not the press, nor the rules of ethics concerning nepotism and other conflicts of interest. He is like an unpredictable wild animal and no one knows quite how to rein him in.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Is Climate Change a Chinese Hoax?

December 30, 2016 | 3 Comments

President-elect Donald Trump has called climate change a Chinese hoax, vowed to dismantle America’s climate and clean energy policies, and appointed climate deniers with ties to the fossil fuel industry to his transition team and Cabinet.

Two-State Solution Delusion

December 23, 2016 | No Comments

A fantasy persists of a Israeli-Palestine peace agreement leading to an independent Palestine state in the land Israel has occupied since the 1967 Mideast War.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Mixed Feelings on Fidel Castro’s Legacy

November 28, 2016 | No Comments

Under Castro, Cuba improved significantly in education, medical care, religious tolerance, and racial relations. However, opponents of normalization with Cuba accuse the Cuban government of systematic human rights abuses, including arbitrary imprisonment, unfair trials, and extrajudicial execution.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

The Fall of the Democratic Party: What Happened and What’s Next?

November 18, 2016 | 8 Comments

Much has been written about the disaffection of likely Democratic voters in the just-held presidential election. But this disaffection began long ago.

Posted in Opinion, Politics