As the world becomes smaller, be it with the help of intercontinental traveling or the Internet, it is becoming more and more evident that an easily definable identity is a thing of the past. If music is a good reflection of an individual’s identity, the increasing number of crossover musical genres testifies to this coming… Read More Book Review: Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity by Ytasha L. Womack
Faith is a powerful ideological force in American politics, and God in the Obama Era gives readers a better understanding of its influence on the way nineteen presidents of the United States performed their duties, as well as how it might influence the current president. Helping readers navigate the tricky waters of the role of… Read More Book Review: God in the Obama Era: Presidents’ Religion and Ethics from George Washington to Barack Obama by Niels C. Nielsen
Homegrown Aid , by JEFFREY D. SACHS Published: April 8, 2009 PRESIDENT OBAMA has embarked on a promising new course to fight hunger and promote economic growth and political stability in countries like Cambodia, Honduras and Malawi. These countries, and many more, have large populations of impoverished farm families. Tough climates, environmental degradation and a… Read More From the NYT: ‘Homegrown Aid’, by Jeffrey Sachs
It was quite amusing, watch The Colbert Report dated March 16th where Colbert encouraged his audience to join him in creating a huge, angry, pitchfork wielding crowd and go march on AIG (watch the clip here). And while most of us do feel that anger at what happened, we are far too civilized to actually… Read More The AIG bailout debacle: Careful not to let the pitchfork wielding crowds out
President Barack Obama has sent a video message to Iran and its people on Naw Ruz, the Persian New Year that falls on the spring equinox. Interestingly enough, this is at the same time a Zoroastrian religious tradition that became part of the Iranian (non-religious) culture, as well as a Baha’i religious tradition. What a… Read More Barack Obama’s Naw Ruz video message to Iran
This is worth the watch – and not only because I might (really) like Barack Obama, but because the way things are explained are a great way for those who want to end the fear and confusion Warren Buffett talked about to start getting a grasp on things. Watch here.
By David Stout, published on March 18th 2009 WASHINGTON: As the lucrative bonuses paid to employees of the American International Group fueled fresh outrage at the White House and on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, the embattled chief executive of A.I.G. said that he had asked some recipients to give at least half the money back. The… Read More A new era of activism? From IHT: U.S. outcry forces chief of A.I.G. to give ground
For all its worth, the Stewart-Cramer showdown might have served one purpose: to give birth to a man not only brilliant in his analysis of the economy, but who has learned the hard lesson of humility (and no, I did not mean humiliation). Because while my admiration for Jon Sterwart increased exponentially for being so… Read More Sterwart vs Cramer: In Cramer we might be able to trust?
… And my personal questions: why, and what does it imply? America become less Christian, survey finds America is a less Christian nation than it was 20 years ago, and Christianity is not losing out to other religions, but primarily to a rejection of religion altogether, a survey published Monday found. Three out of four… Read More From CNN: America becoming less Christian
An interview with Michael Hardt. Adbusters Contributing Editor Micah White asked Michael Hardt whether he thinks Generation O has revolutionary potential… Of course! I’ve been really impressed by the activists in North America, the US in particular, in the last ten years. I think this younger generation’s ability to dispense with notions of purity – moral and… Read More Youth Activiam and the ‘O’ Generation (Obama, not Oprah)