Archive for the The North Star National Category

Of human rights and glass houses

As we know, those who live in glass houses shouldn‟t throw stones.  What, then, shall we make of a nation that pretends to live in a glass house on human rights, and then provides the stones for its enemies to throw? That‟s the question to ponder in […]

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Greece’s window on America

It is the land of Plato and Aristotle, home to the Acropolis and Parthenon, the birthplace of the ancient Olympics and the place from which the Olympics were re-born for the modern age over a century ago. It is Greece and, in its efforts to solve its […]

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The horrors of life in North Korea

They live on the other side of the world, imprisoned in a nation whose leaders fear progress and prevent modernity. Isolated from all others, brainwashed to believe that their country is the best on Earth, they live in horrific conditions – with little electricity and running water; […]

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Obama and the perils of leadership

It was October, 1937, and President Roosevelt was trying to convince Americans to focus on the frightening events in Europe and Asia, to understand that the United States could not wall itself off from the world and to recognize that the march of totalitarianism abroad was a […]

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Even Bayh’s departure, and some historical context for just how “broken” things really are

Senator Evan Bayh’s surprise announcement that he won’t seek re-election has generated another bout of Washington’s current ailment – whining about a broken Senate, a paralyzed political system and huge unaddressed problems. “We’ve got a lot of good people in Congress, but they’re trapped in a dysfunctional […]

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