Archive for the North Star Writers Group Category

America’s Cycles: The Moon, ‘Malaise’ and Free Berlin!

It was 40 years ago to the day as I write these words. On the evening of July 20, 1969, my parents, older sister and I gathered around our lone TV in our small one-story house to watch history. The screen was momentarily blank, but the image […]

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Iran: Of Courage and Cowardice

“I am not scared,” said a young woman, her clothes drenched in blood, during last week’s protest in Tehran to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 1999 student uprising against Iran’s brutal regime, “because we are in this together.” Hundreds of miles away in the Italian town […]

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Two-State Delusions in the Middle East

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast,” Alexander Pope wrote in 1733, as if presaging the seemingly endless search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. On this issue, hope springs to life especially with the change of political seasons in Washington, Jerusalem and other key capitals. New […]

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America’s Human Rights Challenges Extend Beyond Iran

Tehran’s brutal crackdown on democracy-hungry protestors may have defeated the most serious threat to the Iranian regime since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, but the Obama Administration will continue to face the questions of how to respond to such uprisings and when to promote democracy around the […]

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Iran’s Turmoil May Prove Convenient for Obama

At first blush, the gripping images of popular uprising and deadly crackdown in Iran have severely complicated President Obama’s approach to that nation, jeopardizing his plans for deliberative “engagement” with Iran’s leaders to convince them to abandon their quest for nuclear weaponry. How, after all, can the […]

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