Monthly Archives: January 2015

Netanyahu has gone too far in several ways.

Peter Baker writes in the NYT: “Israeli officials defied American opposition on Friday to announce 450 new settlement units in the West Bank and privately whispered to their media that Mr. Obama had given Iran 80 percent of what it … Continue reading

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Good news from the NYT on Climate Change Politics

Good news from the NYT: “In a finding that could have implications for the 2016 presidential campaign, the poll also found that two-thirds of Americans say they are more likely to vote for political candidates who campaign on fighting climate … Continue reading

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NYT: China reduces internet access

China Clamps Down Still Harder on Internet Access The Chinese authorities are no longer tolerating the work-arounds used by millions of people who rely heavily on less-fettered access to the Internet. nytimes.com|By ANDREW JACOBS

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Suffering in Syria and Iraq

Not only is this horrible news, but we helped cause this mess, and have some responsibility to help clean it up. It is good, therefore, that President Obama is helping in fight against ISIS. Angelina Jolie on the Syrians and … Continue reading

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The presence and fear of handguns is epidemic.

Thank you Charles Blow for a thoughtful article. A Yale campus police officer pulls his gun and points it at a Yale student, because the student looks like a tall black male. There are two sad issues. 1. The officer … Continue reading

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NYT: Zephyr Teachout on Sheldon Silver, Corruption and New York Politics

Zephyr Teachout on Sheldon Silver, Corruption and New York Politics The campaign finance system means politicians come pre-corrupted. nytimes.com|By Zephyr Teachout

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India is a great potential ally to counter balance the rise of China

Michael Kugelman: “Pakistanis have not forgotten India’s support for the secession of East Pakistan — now Bangladesh — in 1971.” Fix the Link to Pakistan, Bond With India The U.S. can help rein in Pakistan’s threat to India without destroying … Continue reading

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Moving closer to India

Moving closer to India will help the improving relations between Vietnam and the United States. Obama and Modi See Mutual Benefit in Breaking More Ice With the expansion of Chinese power into the Indian Ocean, American and Indian interests in … Continue reading

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Inclusive Capitalism ideas appear in Obama’s State of the Union speech.

“Not only would Obama raise capital gains tax rates from 23.8 to 28 percent for couples making more than $500,000 in taxable income, but he would eliminate a provision in tax law that allows the very rich to avoid taxation … Continue reading

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Should there be a carbon offset market for trees?

“The pace of deforestation is so great today that it accounts for an estimated 12 to 15 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions annually.” A Carbon Offset Market for Trees Tropical forests could be protected by selling their carbon reserves … Continue reading

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