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|Time for Barry Bonds to Come Clean
Barry Bonds -- baseball's home run king and steroid user -- had his conviction overturned by the appeals court, who ruled that his evasive answer as to whether Greg Anderson of BALCO gave him ...
|RWANDA, A U.S. FRIEND AND ALLY -- U.S. REALPOLITIK AT WORK
On April 7, 2015, President Barack Obama marked the 21st anniversary of Rwanda's 1994 mass killings "that would claim the lives of more than 800,000 Rwandan men, women, and children and mark the ...
|SAN FRANCISCO SHERIFF ON THE HOT SEAT AGAIN
It has been widely reported that the San Francisco Sheriff's deputies are accused of forcing inmates to fight "gladiator-style" to entertain guards who bet on the outcome and even forced the inmates ...
|NETANYAHU WINS, PEACE LOSES
Benjamin Netanyahu has probably retained power in Israel as his Likud party won 29 seats in Parliament while the center-left Zionist Union had 24 seats. The Likud Party is likely to form a ...
|RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS CONTRIBUTING TO VANISHING MIDDLE CLASS, WEALTH INEQUALITY
Much has been made about the shrinking middle class in the United States where the wealthiest 160,000 families own as much as the poorest 145 million families. Income inequality is the gap in how ...
|THOUGHTS ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE CHARLIE HEBDO MASSACRE
Much has been written about the killing of 12 people and the wounding of 11 others at the French satirical weekly publication Charlie Hebdo. The discussion has for the most part been quite healthy ...
|Fifty-Fourth Anniversary of U.S. Orchestrated Assassination of Congo's Patrice Lumumba
Patrice Émery Lumumba, wife Pauline Opango Lumumba, died in her sleep on December 23, 2014. She was 78. Her death is almost 54 years after Lumumba;s death on January 17, 1961. Lumumba was a ...
|NORMALIZATION OF US-CUBA RELATIONS BEGINS
President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba deserves applause. Normalization, however, will not be complete until the U.S. ends its economic embargo and returns Guantánamo Bay to Cuba.
|SENATE TORTURE REPORT RELEASED BUT DOES THE AMERICAN PUBLIC REALLY CARE?
I, for one, applaud the release of the Senate Torture Report and urge those responsible be held accountable. Kudos to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif), Chairman of the Select Committee on ...
|Senate Torture Report
I applaud the release of the Senate Torture Report and urge those responsible be held accountable. Kudos to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on ...
|EXPANDING MEDICARE TO COVER ALL AMERICANS BUT NOT ANYTIME SOON
Everyone has the right to health, including health care, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights , Health care is a public good, not a commodity and the U.S. government has a ...
|THOUGHTS ON THE FERGUSON MATTER
Everyone now knows that on August 9 Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an African-American teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. On November 24, ...
|SAN FRANCISCO'S MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO PASS ANTI-OBESITY SODA TAX
It is now old news that San Francisco’s proposed Soda Tax (Proposition E) did not pass and Berkeley’s (Measure D) did. Proposition E would have placed a two-cent per ounce tax on sugar-...
|RELEASE THE SENATE TORTURE REPORT
I urge Senator Dianne Feinstein (D. CA) to expedite the release of the Senate Torture Report before she loses her position as Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). Once the ...
|GLOBAL WARMING DENIERS IN CONGRESSIONAL DRVER'S SEAT
Following the midterm elections, Republicans remain firmly in control of the U.S. House of Representatives and now enjoy a majority in the U.S. Senate. Senator James Inhofe (R-Ok) is expected to ...
|UC BERKELEY MADE THE CORRECT DECISION TO LET BILL MAHER GIVE THE COMMENCEMENT SPEECH
Bill Maher, standup comedian and host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, was selected to speak at UC Berkeley's fall commencement. Recently, an online petition began circulating demanding that ...
|EBOLA, LIKE AIDS, CAN BE BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL
My 19-year old son died of AIDS back in the early days of the AIDS pandemic. The hysteria surrounding the Ebola crisis reminds me somewhat of the hysteria in the early days of the AIDS crisis. There ...
|Latino Healthcare Coverage Improves Under ObamaCare
The Patient Protection Act and the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) seems to be working. Admittedly, this is not a universal view. But as of September 18, 2014, 7.3 million are now enrolled. ...
|Time to End the Abuse and Exploitation of Animals
An article in The New York Times Magazine (July 6) "Zoo Animals And Their Discontents" by Alex Halberstadt, raised this question: do animals think and feel? A number of scientific studies has shown ...
|Ray McDonald Case May Test NFL’s New Domestic Violence Policy
I have seen the terrible toll on victims of domestic violence as a volunteer at the Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic ( CROC ), helping victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders ...
|John Yoo and the Senate Torture Report
Professor John Yoo stepped away from his lectern at the UC Berkeley School of Law to send an e-mail to the San Francisco Chronicle criticizing the forthcoming Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (
|IS GOP LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMA BASED PARTLY ON RACISM?
On July 30, 2014, the Republican-led House approved a resolution authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over claims he abused his powers at the expense of Congress and the ...
|WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE BREAKUP OF IRAQ?
The unintended consequence of the U.S. Iraq war, the so-called Arab Spring, and the Syrian conflict is the collapse of the post-World War I partition of the Ottoman empire by the British and the ...
|REMEMBERING OUR AFRICAN SAFARIS
Recently, my wife and I have been looking through photographs and notes from our various trips. One trip, our longest, was a two-month's long In 2002 to countries in eastern and southern Africa: ...
|SAN FRANCISCO POISED TO IMPLEMENT LAURA'S LAW
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors appears poised to finally implement Laura’s Law in San Francisco at a meeting tentatively set for July 8. Supervisor David Campos, a long-time opponent of ...
|Bush's Iraq War Spiraling into Civil War
Iraq is descending into civil war. The Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and the Levant are wreaking havoc in the north of Iraq and heading toward Baghdad. ...
|More Mass Killings Can be Expected in Our Gun Crazy Nation
As has been reported, Elliot Rodger killed six students, injured 13 others, and then killed himself at the University of Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, California. And how quickly the killings moved ...
|Prisoner Swap is an Opportunity to Again Debate the Closing of Guantánamo
It is unfortunate that the debate about the prisoner swap -- U.S. Army Sgt. Bergdahl for 5 Taliban officials -- disregards or at least minimizes the fact that prior to the swap, there were 149 still ...
|Results of Research Concerning Assisted Outpatient Treatment in the U.S.
In "Mental Health Commitment Laws: A Survey of the States” ( Survey ), the Treatment Advocacy Center comprehensively examined the laws each state uses to determine who within its population might ...
|Thoughts On The Donald Sterling Matter
National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Los Angeles Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million, and will urge the board of governors to force a ...
|America is an Oligarchy, University Study Finds
America is no longer a democracy, according to a new joint university study. Instead, it has evolved into an oligarchy dominated by moneyed special interests.
|OBAMACARE AND THE MCCARRAN-FERGUSON ACT
The Patient Protection Act and the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) seems to be working. Admittedley, this is not a universal view. But as of the March 31st deadline, the goal of 7 million signees ...
|GOP Says No To Distressed Homeowners and Consumers
Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives are trying to terminate funds for foreclosure-prevention programs that help families fend off foreclosure and trying to strip the Consumer ...
|Is Qaddafi's Libya Next?
Demonstrations led to the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia. There are protests in Bahrain, Yemen. Jordan, Algeria and new demonstrations ...
|Can Football be Played Safely?
The Super Bowl is over. Or the "stupid bowl" as my wife calls it. Now, the National Football League (NFL) should address the safety of football and the exaggerated claims for equipment designed to ...
|Time for the U.S. to Cease Support of the Museveni Regime in Uganda
Last October, a Kampala, Uganda tabloid newspaper ran a diatribe identifying 100 individuals it described as "Uganda's top homos." The article was accompanied by a front-page picture of David Kato, ...
|Learning From the Arizona Horror
By now everyone knows that gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, 22, shot U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D. AZ) as she met with constituents outside a grocery store, killing Arizona’s chief ...
|Time To Re-examine Proposition 13
Commenting on the $28 billion budget gap, California Governor Jerry Bronw stated that “everything should be on the table.” Later Governor Brown met with county officials to discuss ...
|Facebook and Privacy
I am not here to bash Facebook. (Did I hear Mark Zuckerberg’s sigh of relief?) However, I do want to sound a note of caution to present and future Facebook users. I have a Facebook account.
|Palestinian Statehood to be Decided by UN?
On November 15, 1988, the State of Palestine was unilaterally declared in Algiers when the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s National Council adopted the Palestinian Declaration of ...
|Death of the Celtic Tiger
Last year, my wife and I visited the Republic of Ireland. While the Irish newspapers hinted at economic difficulties, tourists and probably most Irish citizens still saw Ireland as the Celtic Tiger. ...
|Republicans Win, Mother Earth Loses
As we all know, the Republicans now control the U.S. House of Representatives and have improved their Senate numbers, which means that efforts to control global warming are now dead for at least the ...
|Time for Palestine to Unilaterally Seek International Recognition of an Independent State
The off-again, on-again Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have stalled again. During the lull between negotiations, Israel continues settlement construction in the Palestinian territories and ...
|Bob Dylan: "The Brazil Series" Paintings & Drawings in Copenhagen
On our recent trip to Copenhagen, we visited the National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst) www.smk.dk/en for the first public showing of Bob Dylan's "The Brazil Series," 40 acrylic ...
|U.S. Apologizes for Abusive Guatemala Human Medical Experiments
In an Oct. 1, statement, the U.S. government acknowledged that between 1946 and 1948, U.S. Public Health Service physicians deliberately infected at least 696 Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea ...
|The Demise of Don't Ask, Don't Tell?
On October 12, 2010, Judge Virginia A. Phillips of the Federal District Court for the Central District of California issued a nationwide injunction banning enforcement of "don’t ask, don’...
|U.S. Hypocritical Imposition of Sanctions On 8 Iranian Officials
In an audacious display of hypocrisy, President Obama signed an executive order on September 28, 2010, imposing financial sanctions against eight Iranian officials for "serious and sustained human ...
|Iraq War Hoax
Recently, President Obama announced the reduction of our military presence in Iraq to 50,000. What we now need is a U.S. acknowledgement that the Iraq war was a hoax on the American people and the ...
|Ratepayers Probably on the Hook for Pacific Gas & Electric’s Neglect
On September 9, 2010, a gas pipeline segment exploded in San Bruno, California, killing seven, injuring many others, destroying 53 homes, and damaging at least 120 others. On September 20th, ...
|General Roméo Dallaire: Time to Set the Record Straight
General Rom�o Dallaire was head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Rwanda during the Rwanda genocide where about 800,000 Rwandans were slaughtered, most of whom were members of the ...
|Racism and Bigotry Are Alive and Well in America
Lost in the shuffle about the protests of building a cultural center near Ground Zero is that a number of Muslims died at the towers that day -- not just the nut cases in the planes -- and that ...
|Social Security: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
Privatization of the Social Security program (Program) raised its ugly head again. The annual report of the trustees of Social Security (Report) states that, because of high unemployment, the ...
|WRAP's 2010 "Without Housing" Update Has Arrived
Between 2.3 to 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness and it is estimated that the recession will force another 1.5 million more people into homelessness. The 2010 Update of Without ...
|The Burka: A Taliban Imposed Canvas Prison
On our Iran Air flight from Frankfurt to Tehran, each of the stewardesses wore a "hiyab." When we entered Iran's airspace, an announcement over the intercom told the women to put on their hiyab or ...
|In Support of President Obama
I voted for Barack Obama for president because I saw him as left of center. Obama's record as an Illinois state senator (1997-2004) and his short time as a U.S. Senator (2005-2008) provided me with ...
|Who Is Simón Bolivar?
Recently Hugo Rafael Ch�vez Frias, the current president of Venezuela, opened the coffin of his idol Sim�n Bolivar so Venezuela can investigate the president's suspicions of foul play in ...
|Obama's New National HIV/AIDS Strategy
On July 13, 2010, the Obama administration unveiled a new national HIV and AIDS strategy, which sets a goal of reducing new infections by 25 percent over the next five years. ...
|Doctors Without Morals
There is increasing evidence that United States physicians, psychologists, nurses, and medics have been complicit in torture and other illegal procedures in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guant�namo. ...
|Cell Phone Health Hazards: Better Safe Than Sorry
As of June 2009, there were an estimated 4.3 billion cell phone (mobile phones) users worldwide. In the United States, it is estimated that more than fifty percent of children own their own ...
|NORDIC MYSTERIES: THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY
Earlier this year, I saw � The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo , based on Swedish mystery writer Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy . �The other two books are� The Girl ...
|Human Trafficking: 21st Century Involuntary Servitude
In 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified abolishing slavery in the United States: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the ...
|Cost of Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and the Tradeoffs
What is the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars so far and what are the tradeoffs? As of June 15, 2010, 4,405 Americans have died in Iraq as have from 96,663 to 105,408 civilians, and another 4.5 ...
|Open Letter to the President About the Gulf Oil Spill
Mr. President it is time for you and British Petroleum (BP) to come clean with the American public about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is being described as a catastrophe of biblical ...
|Time to Repeal the Health Insurance Industry's Antitrust Exemption
What happened to the "Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009" (S.1681)? It passed the House in February with a bipartisan vote of 406 to 19. Now it is up to the Senate. When ...
|Obama: The Environmental President?
It's time for President Obama to stand up to Big Energy and get to work on climate change. He has to to get angry, to act, not just react. Already his critics are attempting to paint the BP oil ...
|Freedom to Travel to Cuba in 2010
In February 2010, U.S. Representatives Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act (H.R. 4645), which restores the right of ...
|Time for Immediate Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Military Law
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, 229 to 186, to pass a defense bill approving more than $700 billion for military programs and containing an amendment overturning the 1993 law ...
|Time to Repeal California's Open-Carry Gun Law
Last week the Assembly narrowly passed AB1934, which would repeal repeal California's open-carry gun law. California law now allows adults who are not prohibited by law to visibly carry an unloaded ...
|Remembering Rachel Corrie
The Irish-owned MV Rachel Corrie is one of the ships in the international aid Gaza Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by Israeli naval forces on May 31, 2010. On June 5, Israeli forces seized the ...
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