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The Human Meaning of Collateral

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Tahseen[First published in AM New York]

SURELY IT WAS ONE OF THE WORST public moments of private pain in the Iraq war. Tahseen Hassan, the husband of murdered aid worker Margaret Hassan, saying with quiet dignity to a TV camera: “Margaret lived with me in Iraq for 30 years. She dedicated her life to serving the Iraqi people. Please, now, please return her to rne.”

There’s an ugly term for an ugly notion – one designed by professionals to deny the reality of the ugliness. It’s “collateral“. Continue reading “The Human Meaning of Collateral” »

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Pols perplexed by youth

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AM-NY Logo[First published in AM New York.] 

A BIG INFLUENCE ON THOSE MEDIA PUNDITS who yelp about John Kerry‘s loss has been Thomas Frank‘s book, What’s the Matter with Kansas?

It tells how conservatives have come to win the heartland. It’s a sharp expression of liberals’ perplexity with ordinary people. It’s title also riffs on a much longer-standing, even more exasperated-sounding question – what about the nation’s youth? Continue reading “Pols perplexed by youth” »

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