Poor Direction for USAID

This article critiques new directions for the US government agency USAID guided by Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the Obama administration.

In director Rajiv Shah’s recent policy speech, he indicates that the mission of genuine care and upliftment has been subsumed under the more dominant force of national self-interest, and further brought under the military . . . → Read More: Poor Direction for USAID

Re-Valuing: A Way Through Illusions

 

Abstract: The values of thrift and self-reliance are deeply etched into the history and memory of America’s pioneers. Today we see them returning with a vengeance in the groundswell called the Tea Party, and reshaping the political landscape. Yet in this dramatic process, much is not as it seems. Not appearances or rhetoric but . . . → Read More: Re-Valuing: A Way Through Illusions

Why Christians should not want the Government to Define Marriage

Social Conservatives want a Constitutional Amendment to Define Marriage

Social conservatives have been put on the defensive by gay activists who have been getting laws passed that support homosexual marriages. They have reacted by promoting laws and constitutional amendments in the states and the federal government that would define marriage as a union of . . . → Read More: Why Christians should not want the Government to Define Marriage

Private lives, public responsibility

Today’s New York Times (May 16, 2011) carries an important conversation entitled, Questions Raised About a Code of Silence about the French journalistic habit of protecting the private lives, especially the sexual lives of elected and other public figures.

These reflections come in the wake of the attempted rape (among other charges) leveled against IMF . . . → Read More: Private lives, public responsibility

Israel and Palestine: Two State Solution

Often sophisticated and complex analysis and proscription are generated at great cost and investment, involving massively influential individuals and institutions.

Experts in many fields are commissioned and projects expand. But attention to the underlying values assumptions in such massive investments often is overlooked.

Look at longstanding question of a “two state solution” from the most . . . → Read More: Israel and Palestine: Two State Solution

On democracy and free elections

Democracy cannot exist only as a slogan. Is constituent elements, and the entirety of the process must be considered in demands for “democracy,” and in efforts to bring stable democratic conditions to obtain.

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