“Russia, Russia, Russia,” but hardly a big media mention of building climate catastrophe

Virtually buried under the avalanche of stories on the post-Trump-Putin summit fallout is this gem by journalist Somini Sengupta in today's New York Times - Summers are becoming so hot in South Asia that people are already dying in big numbers, and soon cities may be too hot to remain livable for hundreds of millions … Continue reading “Russia, Russia, Russia,” but hardly a big media mention of building climate catastrophe

Lesson of Trump’s retreat on immigrant family separation

One of my students happily reported that citizen voices have succeeded in convincing President Trump to stop, via executive order, the "zero-tolerance" practice of separating illegal immigrant children and parents.  Hurrah!   Democracy is still alive, even in Trump's America! Well, sort of.  The family separation policy had called down an avalanche of criticism from virtually … Continue reading Lesson of Trump’s retreat on immigrant family separation

Breaking up families is bad, but it’s even worse than you think

By now, at least half the country is outraged over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy of "baby snatching" and "state-sponsored child abuse."  As well it should be.  The president's efforts to blame Democrats for the public relations imbroglio is ludicrous, as is first lady Melania's lame exhortation for "both sides" to join in resolving … Continue reading Breaking up families is bad, but it’s even worse than you think

Ending stigma is not enough to stem the tide of suicide

Recent high-profile celebrity suicides have combined with alarming new reports of rising U.S. suicide rates to unleash a virtual tsunami of concern.  In the past three days, I’ve read at least a half-dozen heartfelt pleas for anyone with suicidal urges to seek professional help, and another half-dozen calls to “end the stigma” associated with getting … Continue reading Ending stigma is not enough to stem the tide of suicide

Trump nominated for a peace prize – What are these governors smoking?

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he's "proud" to have joined a group of Republican governors supporting the nomination of President Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize.   And the president's great contribution to peace?  His "firm stance against nuclearization, coupled with his willingness to engage one-on-one with Pyongyang, has succeeded in opening new avenues of cooperation, … Continue reading Trump nominated for a peace prize – What are these governors smoking?

Does “pro-life” militancy extend to war, gun control, police shootings, and degradation of the ecosystem?

I think Iowa's governor, Kim Reynolds, spoke for most of the militant movement to restrict women's reproductive rights when she rhapsodized over her state's new  abortion ban.  The so-called "heartbeat" legislation, signed into law just days ago, prohibits abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat has been detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy.  Said Gov. … Continue reading Does “pro-life” militancy extend to war, gun control, police shootings, and degradation of the ecosystem?