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Op-ed: Sleepwalking off the cliff

Reading Time: 4 minutes HERE we go again, watching New Orleans get hammered by a catastrophic hurricane. There will be headlines tomorrow and for days to come about how many people drowned in their houses, because a storm surge and a city that’s mostly below sea level are not a safe combination. Officials told the people of New Orleans […]

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Op-ed: Good for the match trade

Reading Time: 4 minutes A NEWS outlet in Pakistan reports another one of those routine torture-murders of women that go with living in a brutal misogynist theocracy: One Shahabuddin along with his sister Seemab and niece Mahnoor allegedly set his wife Muneeba on fire in Akbarpura’s Khandar village, Nowshera on April 24. Muneeba was rushed to the burn ward […]

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Op-ed: My beliefs shall be your beliefs, like it or not

Reading Time: 3 minutes The US Senate has been working on a voting rights bill – that is, the Democrats have been working on it and the Republicans have been trying to kneecap it. Last week Mississippi Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith felt called to bring Daddy God into it. “I can speak for Mississippi,” she says, “on why we […]

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Op-ed: A bit of a kerfuffle

Reading Time: 4 minutes So that was fun. I love watching as the large and unruly country I live in comes way too close to a violent coup, and all the way up to and into a violent insurrection. I especially love it after four years of the most evil corrupt malevolent narcissistic president in our history. What can […]

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Op-ed: Paris trial sent an appalling message to clerical abusers

Reading Time: 3 minutes LAST month, the Pope’s former Ambassador to France, ex-Papal Nuncio Luigi Ventura, above, was tried for sexually assaulting five young men, including a Paris City Hall official. One of the complainants’ lawyers suggested that the charges represented ‘the tip of the iceberg’. Ventura, who fled France to return to the Vatican, was found guilty and […]

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Op-ed: Defending the Honour of Mr God

Reading Time: 4 minutes DONALD Trump has been very friendly to Saudi Arabia during his stint as US President. Just this week he announced he’s pushing through a massive arms deal with the Saudis even though everyone else thinks it’s a bad move. He likes to be a zany madcap rebel that way. Meanwhile The Guardian reports: Loujain al-Hathloul, […]

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Op-ed: Government & Religion

Reading Time: 5 minutes IN November the UK Government launched an Independent Faith Engagement Review, headed by the Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, Colin Bloom, above. The review into ‘how best the government should engage with faith groups in England’ concluded on December 11. The consultation prompted Professor John Radford, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of East London, […]

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Op-ed: Barr’s final revenge

Reading Time: 4 minutes THERE’S just no end to it. Austin Sarat at Slate reports: Last week, the Trump administration announced that it would continue to carry out executions in the days and weeks leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, with the last one now scheduled just five days before Biden takes office on Jan. 20, 2021. This […]

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Op-ed: All the absolutes

Reading Time: 5 minutes I READ a piece by Fintan O’Toole about the US Attorney General William Barr, above, in the New York Review of Books this morning that got me thinking about the love of authoritarianism that brightens the lives of so many men. Barr is a Catholic of the authoritarian type, but I suspect he’s even more […]

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A genuine American hero

Reading Time: 4 minutes THE long good-bye to civil rights hero Representative John Lewis this week has me (and many others) thinking about the history of that struggle (and how little and reluctantly the country has budged on the issue of racism, and how far we still have to go). Lewis’s Congressional biography tells how he got started. He […]

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