Border War Rumors

Border War Rumors

Grim-faced military officers and ashen-faced politicians describe a horrific “war zone,” with “hundreds of people murdered” and “citizens under attack around the clock.” Some of the politicos say that the situation is so dire that...
Prison Nation

Prison Nation

Jails presentFor all to see,HumanInhumanity. The United States has more citizens behind bars, per capita, than any other nation. No, this quirk doesn’t reflect an especially felonious gene in our national DNA. Rather, it exposes embarrassing shortfalls in our...
We Need an Armistice in the War on Drugs

We Need an Armistice in the War on Drugs

Here’s a war, We’ll never win; Cops aren’t good, At ending sin. Repealing Prohibition was easy by comparison. Pressure from “nice” people who wanted to drink legally again was overwhelming. Plus the liquor racketeers were just getting too...
The IMF’s Assault on Women

The IMF’s Assault on Women

A grand jury has indicted Dominique Strauss-Kahn on seven counts, including the attempted rape of a Manhattan hotel worker. Following his alleged attack on the Guinean immigrant as she tried to clean up his $3,000-per-night Manhattan hotel suite, the Frenchman’s...
Some Good News, at Last

Some Good News, at Last

There’s been a lot of bad news lately — wars, revolutions, earthquakes, floods, famines. It’s getting so you need a drink before you’re ready to face the evening news. Which is why when something cheerful happens, I take time to savor it. Like, for...

IMF Chief Assaults Woman from Guinea–Again

The hotel worker IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly sexually assaulted likely suffered in her home country as a result of IMF policies, like so many of the world’s poor. Last month, I helped lead a march of hundreds of people to protest what we consider...

‘Womanizer’ Isn’t a Synonym for ‘Sexual Predator’

Most of the reporting on jailed, soon-to-be-former, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is shifting. Instead of just relating accounts of the sexual-assault charges he faces, journalists are raising questions about his past. It’s rife...
What about the Woman Strauss-Kahn Allegedly Assaulted?

What about the Woman Strauss-Kahn Allegedly Assaulted?

As details emerge in the case of International Monetary Fund chief and alleged assaulter Dominique Strauss-Kahn, my eye is on how his wrecked political clout is getting all the attention. The brutal assault of a hotel housekeeper that Manhattan District Attorney Artie...

Justice for a 9-Year-Old Girl’s Killers in the Courts and in Print

A chilling trial is underway in Tucson for the murder of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father. According to eyewitness testimony from her mother (the attackers thought she was dead), Brisenia pleaded with anti-immigration vigilantes who had invaded her own home,...

Misdemeanors for the Rich

Here’s a crime drama, tragedy, and farce–all in one. First comes the crime perpetrator, Martin Erzinger. A well-heeled wealth manager in Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Denver office, Erzinger handles more than a billion dollars in private assets and...