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Memorial Day 2011: Two Names That Matter

by Walter Brasch Unless you were in a coma the past few years, you probably know who Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton are.  You heard about them on radio, saw them on television.  You read about them in newspapers and magazines, on Facebook, Twitter, and every social medium known to humanity. Because of

More than Zelaya: Multilayered Resistance in Honduras

Is the significance of Manuel Zelaya’s return to Honduras really about the brokerage of the Organization of American States? Is it even really about Zelaya himself? Reports from Honduran citizens, and my interviews with scholars and observers on the ground in Honduras, suggest otherwise. Yesterday, the legitimately elected and illegitimately removed President of Honduras, Manuel

Loving New Orleans

I paid my first real visit (rather than an airport stop) to New Orleans in 2002. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina, one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history, devastated the southern coast, particularly New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish.  In 2010, the Gulf oil disaster exacerbated the five year-old devastation. The structural changes in

Where to go, Mr. Trumka?

Concerning AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka’s National Press Club speech on Friday, Steven Greenhorse of The NYT Caucus wrote: In what was advertised as a major policy address, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., Richard Trumka, denounced Republicans on Friday over their efforts to cut Medicare spending and curb collective bargaining while promising — in a warning

Longing for a Certain Kind of Left

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] The Pew Center has come up with yet another scheme of political typologies which we can use to situate ourselves; I took the test (because I always take these tests), and ended up a “New Coalition Democrat.” Its group profile isn’t horribly inaccurate; at least it didn’t lump me in

May Day

Go! Get out into the greening.   See life happening. Get hip to the meaning   of the resurrection metaphor for Mother Earth in the act of returning what each autumn we mourn and is now being reborn with the first heady scent of royal purple hyacinth, a cyclical reminder that heaven is Earth and

The News, It Is a-changin’

by Walter Brasch   It was a little before 9 a.m.   I was chatting with two students.   Another student came in, and asked if we had heard a plane had hit a building in New York City.   We hadn’t, but I assumed it was a light private plane, and the pilot had

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