Author Archives: Alexandra Tursi

"The earth is not ours but something we hold in trust for future generations"

“Although increasingly interdependent, our world continues to be divided – not only by economic differences, but also by religion and culture. That is not in itself a problem. Throughout history human life has been enriched by diversity, and different communities have learnt from each other. But if our different communities are to live together in […]

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Perspectives on a Continuing Crisis

With the public debut of the report from the Iraq Study Group and the ushering in of James Baker, more questions than answers are fomenting in the continuing public debate over the best way to alleviate the tragedy in Iraq. Here are a few of those perspectives:“No way out of the tragedy is feasible without […]

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“The system of transferring prisoners seized in the “war on terror” between secret locations around the world involves a new form of transnational injustice. Civil society must catch up.”-Aziz Huq-Director of the Liberty and National Security Project at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. He is author of Unchecked […]

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Legislative Dim Sum

The latest updates on the legal front…“House Rejects Fetal Pain Bill““FBI Director Is Mum on Domestic Spying““FEMA Appeals Court Order““Habeas Corpus Rights for Military Detainees“

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News for Sale

Bad public relations can kill public image much faster than any lawsuit. So that’s probably why the government and corporate entities have gone the route of staging savvy, well-produced public relations spots for themselves. Or so the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reports. In an investigation of Video News Releases (affectionately called VNRs), CMD […]

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Reinventing Wal-Mart?

So Wal-Mart is attempting to reinvent its public image in the wake of public demonstrations by workers and lagging economic performance. How? Through the creation of employee outreach programs, described in company documents as a way for Wal-Mart to show workers “that we do appreciate you and that we have an ongoing commitment to listening […]

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Wrong Again

President Bush has chosen the wrong man for the job. Again. This past week, Dr. Eric Keroack, an anti-choice and abstinence-only advocate, was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs. In this post, Keroack would have authority over Title X funding, funding that is supposed to go toward comprehensive family planning services, contraception and […]

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It’s the Economy, again…

The political pundits and spin doctors told us that, this election season, Democrats used a double-pronged strategy: align all Republicans with the failures of the current administration, offering a Democratic vision as the viable alternative, while recruiting Democratic candidates with a slight socially conservative bent to appeal to a broader spectrum of voters. The focus […]

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back…

Today South Africa became the first African nation to legalize same-sex marriage, recognizing the “voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnized and registered by either a marriage or civil union.” Back on the other side of the Atlantic, Canada decided to reopen debate on the topic. Canada became the fourth country after the Netherlands, […]

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Bitter Brew

The first lesson of economics is a simple and basic contention: one will act in one’s own self-interest. In a global economy in which it could be successfully argued that multinational corporations have created oligarchies more powerful than some international political bodies, what becomes of developing nations, those nations on the brink of economic survival? […]

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Still A Man’s World?

Is it possible that in the twenty-first century women’s political equality is still not on parity with that of men? Yes, says the 2006 Global Gender Report by the World Economic Forum. In fact, as the WEF’s analysis shows, in an examination of 115 countries around the globe, women only hold 15% of the political […]

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Unreal Reality: Chernobyl Ten Years Later

“Chernobyl showed us how dangerous is modern civilization’s ‘cult of force.’ How glaring are the imperfections of this reliance on power and coercion above all else. How dangerous our modern worldviews are to us ourselves. How humanitarian man is lagging behind technological man.” -Svetlana Alexievich- For her latest book, “Voices of Chernobyl,” Svetlana Alexievich interviewed […]

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