Trump’s decision to back out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, AKA the “Iran Nuclear Deal,” is predictably not being well received by the rest of the world. Our allies are trying to salvage the agreement while expressing concern and regret over the decision, and Iranian hardliners are saying “we told you so” to … More Death of the Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA)
With Gina Haspel’s nomination to lead the CIA, the issue of torture and its euphemistic term “enhanced interrogation” has resurfaced. Haspel ran one of the CIA’s secret prisons in Thailand in the wake of the September 11 2001 attacks. We’ve written about the legality and efficacy of coercive interrogation and torture before. Some, like Lindsay … More Gina Haspel & “Enhanced Interrogation”
The New York Times reports that President Trump is looking into reducing the number of US troops in South Korea. This is coming on the cusp of a meeting between Trump and Kim Jung Un. Says NYT: Reduced troop levels are not intended to be a bargaining chip in Mr. Trump’s talks with Mr. Kim … More US Troop Reductions in South Korea?
The recent news that North and South Korea are finally agreeing to end a 65-year-old conflict has many cheering and celebrating. President Trump is touting his toughness and his political base is calling for a Nobel Prize to be awarded for his efforts to bring the two sides to the table. How much credit does … More The Art Of The Bluff
Originally posted on Progressive Express:
Right from the start I have to make clear that the sudden leap to action from concerned citizens of good conscience was impressive. The energy and force of activism was encouraging. And the spirit of justice in the quest for racial equality was heart-warming and well-conceived. But the Starbucks boycott…
Elon Musk says that skills are more important than degrees. There is truth to this, but the implication is that degrees do not impart skills. That doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Musk and others like to hold up outliers such as Gates and Jobs (and Musk) as examples of what one can do without a … More Brief Thoughts on Education & Success
I saw this on Facebook recently: It is a common misconception that prayer is wholly disallowed in public schools. The reality is that any student may quietly pray at any time, so long as it isn’t disruptive. In fact, most would likely be quite unaware of a child’s silent prayer. What court cases have done … More Prayer vs Safety: Why March?
For some, today is a solemn holiday about resurrection and the power of God. For others, it is a season of rebirth, celebrated in relation to deities or simply nature. Many look forward to coloring and hiding eggs and gorging on candy. Some celebrate combinations of these things, and some don’t celebrate. Whatever your tradition, … More Happy Easter 2018!
I was unable to attend today’s March for Our Lives in DC. I am however, extraordinarily impressed with this new generation’s ability to get people moving on important issues, in this case the need for gun reform/improved firearm regulation. These youth have managed to rally people around the world, and we can expect them to … More March for Our Lives
What are the pros and cons to a meeting between the US and North Korea? … More Trump Vs Kim, what could possibly go wrong?