On an ice-cold morning before dawn, Charles Powell shuffles down the stoop of his parents’ bungalow on 104th Place, in Roseland, on the Far South Side of Chicago. Powell walks ...
The media continues to produce bombastic reports regarding health care reform full of scare tactics from both sides. One of the buzz words used to scare people is the word ...
I hate to follow up my last article about the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre with yet another Tiananmen Square-related article. I realize that there is more to ...
US health care reform is the biggest domestic issue facing America today, and action is needed to fix it. But as I was reading about Chrysler’s bankruptcy the other day, ...
I started my search with hope, but in the end there was nothing, but that's OK. My search spanned many years, many books, and many miles traveled. It is a ...
When you play a game you want to know the rules. You don’t, for instance, play American football by the rules of European football – otherwise known here as “soccer” – just because “Football’s football.”... [Read]
San Francisco might have seemed one of the least likely cities to rip a page from the economic play book of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Yet in approving a tax holiday for Twitter, Inc., the giant of micro blogging,... [Read]
In many parts of its rural hinterland, India’s democracy faces a major challenge. Over the past few decades, in many of the poorest and most isolated districts in the country an armed Maoist movement known as the Naxalites... [Read]
Now that the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic has approved a new coalition government, I figure it might be time to finally get something to print about my election observation there last October. Of course, there may... [Read]
Ever wonder what our elections look like to the rest of the world? Well, this year we have at least one ready-made answer at hand – the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the group that primarily... [Read]
After following Asian elections for the past year, I have noticed an emerging pattern that we are likely to see more of in the coming years around the world. Elections in Iran, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka have presented... [Read]
Right around the time the nation was commemorating the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth came a story out of Allentown, Pennsylvania that had the makings of great comedy – if it weren’t true. It had to do... [Read]
A typical day at work will invariably find me hunched over a piece of paper, staring at a jumble of illegible loops and lines, trying to figure out what on earth five loops and a squiggle is supposed to convey to the reader. No,... [Read]
The achievement gap between White and Minority students – as demonstrated through achievement tests, years of schooling, high school graduation and, more generally, outcomes – is formidable and shocking.The NAEP (National... [Read]
With the economy, health care reform, environmental regulation, and other important issues being widely discussed in policy circles, it would be easy for one to forget about wedge issues, such as abortion. However, with the... [Read]
On June 4, a very popular President Obama will deliver a much-anticipated speech to the Arab world in one of Islam’s most culturally and historically rich epicenters — Cairo — a location that is at the same... [Read]
Berkeley is filled with bumper-stickered cars. One of a Berkeleyite’s favorite hobbies is telling everyone what his socio-political opinions are by declaring them on the bumper of his car. That car is most likely either... [Read]