September 24, 2010

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The Decadence of Election 2010
Prof. Peter Morici - 9/22/2010
Americans are justifiably ticked off with both political parties but Election 2010 offers little hope. Democrats, Republicans, and yes the Tea Party offers little that is encouraging. President Obama’s droning complaints about the failures of George Bush, notwithstanding, the current economic quagmire is a bi-partisan creation.

Replacing Larry Summers
Prof. Peter Morici - 9/22/2010
The Chairman of the National Economic Council is the gatekeeper to the Oval Office for economic information, and principal advisor to the President of policies for economic recovery. He prepares the daily brief on all the economic data journalists and analysts report and write about. Hence, replacing him with someone from industry, for example Anne Mulcahy, former chief executive of Xerox, would be a mistake even if that is likely to happen.

India’s de facto refugee policy
Vishal Arora - 9/22/2010
India has no official policy on refugees and yet asylum seekers from its troubled neighbors keep pouring in, looking at its size, stability and soft power. So how does the absence of guidelines for refugee protection play out in the treatment of asylum seekers in India?

Respect, A Two-Way Street
Ron Coody - 9/22/2010
Though the subject of the Cordoba Mosque proposed for construction near Ground Zero in New York has been in the news for several weeks, recent comments by political leaders (including Sarah Palin who introduced a new word “refudiate” to the English language) has brought new attention. The issue is fairly simple. A group of Muslims want to build a multi-million dollar mosque and multi-purpose Islamic center just next to where the Twin Towers stood until Sept. 11, 2001. The proposed religious center would occupy a building that an engine from one of the airplanes struck, raising the argument that it should be protected as an historical site and not used for any private purpose.

Loss of Hope in Maldives
Vishal Arora - 9/22/2010
While the establishment of a multi-party democracy in the Indian Ocean archipelago in 2008 ended a 30-year period of authoritarian rule under President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, it started a vicious political struggle depriving the Maldivians of any sense of relief.

Britannica's Reference Galaxy 2011
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/20/2010
The Encyclopedia Britannica has long been much more than a venerable print reference work. A decade ago it pioneered a freemium website (some content free, other content behind a pay wall). This has now flourished into a comprehensive walled garden of knowledge. Additionally, the Britannica publishes books and CD-ROMs about specific topics and issues. These are the best primers and introductions available to a host of fields and areas, from history to science.

Why Americans Elect Awful Presidents
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 9/20/2010
For years I muttered mentally to myself about the insanity of Americans electing George W. Bush president. Now I go through the same agony about the craziness of the nation electing Barack Obama president. As much as I thought Bush was a manipulated second-rate politician that carried out the terribly destructive policies pushed by Cheney and other conservative corporate shills, now I feel equally angry that so many voters fell for the slick rhetoric and lies of Obama. Disgust produces public thirst for change and Obama was wickedly brilliant at selling change. When voters are so easily victimized what does democracy amount to?

Turkey: Islamism's Consequences for the West
Steven Simpson - 9/20/2010
The "good times" between Turkey and the West seem to be over. As the Erdogan years in Turkey have attempted to turn Turkey from a once-secular country into a de facto Islamist country, the West and Turkey seem to be on a collision course, or at best, an impasse.