Can Trump Win?

As of this writing (June 2, 1016) Trump is going to be the Republican candidate and Hillary will very probably run against him for the Democrats. Sanders has an outside chance at best though polls indicate his chances of beating … Continue reading

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Inshallah

Inshallah, like “No Problem”, has lost all meaning, and is no more a ststement of faith than a comma or period. Continue reading

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Disestablishmentarianism

Let’s look at what Sanders and Trump agree on, and Hillary opposes, and speculate whether they could usefully collaborate in the next election. Continue reading

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So What Has God Done for Me, Lately?

We’d be better off if we didn’t have God sitting at our elbow telling us what to do, and the world would be a lot better off. Continue reading

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Trust

My “Short History of Evolution”, published by AHA last year, included discussion of a singularly important milestone in the long march of our species toward civilization as we know it. That breakthrough occurred about nine or ten thousand years ago … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Husni Za’im

When I think of Donald Trump, I am reminded of Husni Za’im, dictator of Syria back in 1949. He only lasted 100 days but that short period was creative chaos. He was flamboyant, erratic, and shot from the hip. In all the confusion, technocrats managed to push through some pretty progressive legislation. Continue reading

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Reflections on the Syrian Problem; US options with Turkey

The Turks just shot down a Russian warplane over Syria, raising the stakes for all concerned with the crisis in Syria. What should we be doing about it? Impose a no-fly zone? That would be the height of folly. What … Continue reading

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The Separation of Church and State: Syria

Some countries need unity before they can become democracies. With them we need to give priority to supporting separation of church and state. Syria is a prime example. Continue reading

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Nepal’s new Constitution

It’s been thirty years since I left my post in Nepal, so that now I observe events there almost as if I was on a different planet. As ambassador I came to know royalty and top government officials, and earlier, … Continue reading

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Do Atheists Believe in their Non-Belief

We’ll never solve that paradox but we could agree on biological life on our planet as the basis fo a humanist world view. Continue reading

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Racism in the US, and Religion in the Middle East

Is there a common denominator between racism in the US and sectarianism in the Middle East? Continue reading

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The Wrong Target

Israel take note: the stratetgic goal of IS if Jerusalem, not Damascus Continue reading

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The Tangled Web We Weave

The circumstances surrounding the IS capture of Ramadi are somewhat obscure but it looks like a shocking example of how wrong the interventionist path is that we are following in the Middle East Continue reading

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Do Chimpanzees Have Legal Rights?

Do chimpanzees have human rights? No, according to my argument based on a purely humanist perspective. Continue reading

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China’s pivot to Eurasia

China is reaching out to the west and extending its influence through massive aid offers. Russia is on the front lines. Where do our interests lie? Continue reading

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Truth and Consequences, Bibi Unveiled

Netanyahu just finished tearing off his mask, the smiling face that encouraged peace-lovers around the world to hope that somehow Israel would make peace with the Palestinians based on partition and two states. What are we going to do about it? Continue reading

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Is There Intelligent Life on Other Planets?

Recent discoveries encourage speculation about possible life on other planets. Continue reading

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A Lesson from History

When you study the mess the world is in today, you can draw inferences from history, especially the latter days of the Roman Empire. Continue reading

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Militant Islam

The blending of war and religion can be toxic in conflict situations. When religious symbolism is introduced, religion can become an aphrodisiac that operates on whole communities rather than individuals. Continue reading

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One Step at a Time

Evolution is a process that proceeds incrementally, one step at a time. One thing leads to another. This is true for all kinds of evolution. Living things evolve through natural selection, with small changes between generations leading to larger changes … Continue reading

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