Stephen Gottlieb

Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Reactions To Obama And African-Americans

 Several people recently hopped the White House fence and were caught with weapons. Many treat Obama as if he can’t do anything right. Some insist they want him to lead while making it impossible to do that. From the beginning of Obama’s presidency, Republicans in Congress focused on bringing Obama down by blocking everything he did regardless of the merits. That’s unique in our recent history. He’s even been criticized for taking a vacation – though Obama has spent far less time on vacation than his predecessors – plural – and was obviously doing the job of governing even while taking some time with his family. What’s going on?

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: War On What - Crime Or The Poor?

  Many of us have realized that sending troops into some areas can be counter-productive. No matter how many the Israelis kill, more Palestinians prepare to fight them. Our boots on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan led many to take up arms against us. To them, we were the invaders.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Facts And Fiction

Professor Stephen Gottlieb discusses the gulf between political rhetoric and fact.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Hostility Toward Israel And Hostility Toward Jews

Some hostility toward Israel is just anti-Semitic. Some hostility toward Israel is Palestinian nationalism. Some is sympathy for the Palestinians generated by an enormously successful PR campaign. And some is self-inflicted. But all of us should be concerned. The policies of the Israeli government don’t represent me – nor should they. But they affect me.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: ISL And US Foreign Policy

America decided to deal with the Native Americans by war and exile. It took three centuries, as succeeding generations of Indians realized that the White Man would honor no treaty and give them no peace.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: A View Of The Ballot

I got on line the other night to see what to expect at the voting booth today. We have all been hearing about the primary races for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, although polls tell us that lots of people haven’t heard of Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, or if they’ve heard the names don’t know why. That’s clearly not true of WAMC listeners. But what else is on the ballot? Actually plenty.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Forcing Us To Live In An Immoral World

We are increasingly being forced to live in an immoral world. The radical wrong has hijacked the very idea of morality so that it no longer has anything to do with helping our neighbor. We're not supposed to lift a collective finger for our fallen fellow citizens. Nothing for the unemployed, nothing for people who have been defrauded out of their homes, nothing for unions, and no taxes from those who benefit most from America's wealth – and who are coincidentally disinvesting in America.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Regionalism vs. The Environment

There’s been news recently about a decline in gas prices. Hallelujah? Or oh my God! Decline in prices means more people will build energy inefficient homes and invest in gas guzzling machinery or businesses. Some will benefit, but the world will suffer. How do we accommodate those inconsistent objectives?

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Commentary & Opinion
3:46 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: American Scientific Capital

A panel at a national meeting of historians I attended was devoted to the relation between the study of history and STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One speaker explained that practical skills were widespread early in our history. Those skills, like surveying, sailing, or building canals, required both hands-on skills and the ability to perform calculations and experiment. American surveyors, navigators and builders were doing what we now call science and math, though they rarely got the credit. One surveyor wrote to a Frenchman around 1814 that no one was paying for astronomy, and no one was paying him for his astronomical investigations and calculations. But the speaker then pointed out that this gentleman was in fact being paid by the government for surveying and that his surveys required the astronomical observations he was making. He was doing the work, though not being recognized for it as his French friend would have been.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Misunderstanding Iran

For the last few days my wife and I attended the semi-annual meeting of the International Society for Iranian Studies. It was held in Montreal this time. Several panels were devoted to Iranian foreign policy. At one of them, scholars outlined Iran’s strategic isolation and the limited choices available to it.

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