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The Environmental Pope

The Environmental Pope

Yesterday morning, Pope Francis addressed a Joint Session of Congress, and talked, among other things, about climate change. He didn’t use the term climate change, but the audience knew what he was referring to. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect … Continue reading

A Noose at Duke

A Noose at Duke

In the middle of the night last Tuesday someone hung a piece of rope in a tree on the Duke campus.  A cheap, yellow, synthetic rope, the kind you might use to hold up a tarp on a camping trip. The rope was taken down before dawn. Few saw it in person, but there was a … Continue reading

Greek Mythologies Update: The Fault Line Widens

Greek Mythologies Update: The Fault Line Widens

As the tension between Greece and Germany (as the financial leader of the EU) continues, old stories are oozing out. Last week, Bild, a leading German news magazine, published an editorial under the blazing banner: “Nein! Keine weiteren Milliarden für die gierigen Griechen!” (“No! No more millions for the greedy Greeks!”) The choice of “greedy” evoked old stereotypes of … Continue reading

The Bibi-Boehner Bond

When Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu addresses Congress this week, he will have appeared more often than any other foreign leader in American history, excepting Winston Churchill, who was also bequeathed this high honor and distinct privilege three times. Pretty fair company. Speeches to a Joint Session of Congress are almost always part of … Continue reading