Latest Agreement in Syria Could Lead to Further Escalation

Latest Agreement in Syria Could Lead to Further Escalation

International powers involved in the Syrian war agreed to next week implement what is being described as a ceasefire. Peace talks remain stalled for the time being, and meanwhile the Saudi and the United Arab Emirates are proposing troop deployments into Syria with...
Flagging Hate Speech

Flagging Hate Speech

I’ve spent my whole life in the Northeast, but I have Southern roots. My late grandfather came from a long line of sharecroppers who toiled in the fields of Decatur, Georgia for generations. Their history of hardship was common in the South. Where my grandfather grew...
How the Civil War Never Ended for Black America

How the Civil War Never Ended for Black America

  Hundreds of African-American men marched to the White House this past Sunday. They were not wearing hoodies in honor of Trayvon Martin. They were not making the “hands up don’t shoot” gesture in honor of Michael Brown. They were wearing blue wool trousers and...
Syria and the Monarchs: A Perfect Storm

Syria and the Monarchs: A Perfect Storm

The Obama administration’s decision to directly supply weapons to the Syrian opposition may end up torpedoing the possibility of a political settlement. It will almost certainly accelerate the chaos spreading from the almost three-year old civil war. It will also...
On the Brink of Another War

On the Brink of Another War

President Barack Obama stands on the brink of engaging the United States in another war of choice in the Middle East. Ostensibly because the Syrian regime crossed Obama’s self-declared “red line” by using chemical weapons, Washington will deliver small arms, including...
Sierra Leone: From Swords into Ploughshares

Sierra Leone: From Swords into Ploughshares

“No Bio, no Salone!” shouted fervent supporters of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) as results were announced from the November 2012 presidential election. The party’s leader, Julius Maada Bio, had been defeated by incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma of the...
Syria and the Semantics of “Civil War”

Syria and the Semantics of “Civil War”

The semantics of war have been thoroughly debated over the years—one man’s terrorist, as they say, is another man’s freedom fighter. These semantics are always changing: in a 1944 Tribune column, George Orwell wrote, “when the Spanish [civil]...
Syria and the Dogs of War

Syria and the Dogs of War

Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war;That this foul deed shall smell above the earthWith carrion men, groaning for burial Julius CaesarAct 3, scene 1William Shakespeare “Blood and destruction,” “dreadful objects,” and...
Dollar Democracy

Dollar Democracy

Corruption is as American as apple pie. “The quality of government is seriously compromised when decisions made by elected politicians benefit those who funded their ascent to power,” says the anti-corruption watch-dog group Transparency International....

Segregation Still Strong 150 Years after the Civil War Began

Good old Haley Barbour, governor of Mississippi. He helps keep life in perspective. When he defended Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s infamous recollection of the Confederacy that somehow failed to mention slavery, Barbour called the issue a...
Civil War and the Safety Net

Civil War and the Safety Net

With this year marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, get ready for grand pontificating on its meaning for whites, African-Americans, the nation, and the world. Here’s what it meant for my family. My great-grandfather Albert Cordner was a private in the...

Heritage of Shame

A Southern heritage group is planning a celebration in Montgomery, Alabama, that will feature a parade down the city’s historic Dexter Avenue. That’s the same street where thousands of civil rights marchers rallied in support of voting rights at the...