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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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Op-ed: Making choices

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Dallas News reported the other day on Rick Perry’s Presidential Theology. Energy Secretary Rick Perry,  declared that God chose Donald Trump – and Barack Obama – to lead the United States. In an interview on Fox, the former Texas governor also said he’s assured the president that some of the greatest biblical leaders were […]

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Op-ed: What fresh hell

Reading Time: 4 minutes The hardworking president of the US was watching television at the weekend, specifically the notoriously right-wing Fox News, and he saw a segment which attacked Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, above, for criticizing brutal treatment of asylum seekers on the US border with Mexico. The host and a guest told us a story about how terrible […]

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Op-ed: Learning some actual history

Reading Time: 4 minutes There was much outrage in the US last week when first-term Congressional Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, above, compared the camps on the US border with Mexico, where would-be immigrants are held, to concentration camps. A Republican colleague, Liz Cheney, daughter of the notorious Dick, patronizingly told her to learn some history. Please @AOC do us all […]

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Op-ed: There’s only one guest of honour

Reading Time: 5 minutes Trump was very excited about his approaching trip to Japan last Thursday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe goes to a lot of trouble to flatter his ego, as the Washington Post reported: Perhaps no world leader has been as assiduous in flattering President Trump’s ego as Shinzo Abe. But Japan’s prime minister may have just outdone himself, pressing […]

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Op-ed: Brexit – what would Jesus do?

Reading Time: 6 minutes I DONT regard the evidence advanced for the existence of God or Jesus as being remotely convincing, so my own response to a question such as ‘Brexit: what would Jesus do?’ is to reject the question as loaded, and in one sense pointless, rather like asking ‘How good is the Loch Ness Monster’s sense of […]

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Op-ed: Log Cabin Republicans have a queer view of equality

Reading Time: 4 minutes Log Cabin Republicans are a deluded group who work to persuade their fellow Republicans not to be homophobic, as one might try to persuade bank robbers not to rob banks. As Falstaff put it, ‘Why, Hal, ’tis my vocation, Hal. ‘Tis no sin for a man to labor in his vocation.’ It’s Republicans’ vocation to […]