Monthly archives: December, 2016

Top five risks in 2017

2017 is a transition year, when a new president and his cabinet will assume office in the United States and critical elections are scheduled to take place across Europe in France, Germany and other key nations. These transitions may lead to improvements, but they may also lead to increasingly dire conditions for people……


The plot thickens

The Berlin truck attack and assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey appear to have been staged. I base this opinion on repeated viewing of the raw footage available from both events. I have not followed any of the mainstream news coverage on either event, and have only seen a limited amount of……


Yule: The Winter Solstice

Like most Americans, I grew up with Christmas traditions including a decorated tree with presents underneath, stockings stuffed with goodies hung on the mantelpiece, wreaths hung on doors, a yule log, and of course, Santa Claus sneaking down the chimney on Christmas Eve. And, like most Americans, I never questioned where these traditions……


On the outside looking in

Looking back on my life, I realize that I have lived as an outsider for a large portion of it. I have spent many years living among people of different cultures, who speak different languages and have different customs and traditions from myself. I used to think this somehow made me more worldly……


Racial solidarity for me, but not for thee

A faithful reader sent me a link to an opinion piece on the CNN website by Peniel Joseph, who is the Barbara Jordan Chair in Political Values and Ethics and the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University……