Stephen Gottlieb

Commentary & Opinion
3:46 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Dr. Said And The Struggle Against Torture

A meeting of former Peace Corps volunteers in Boston closed, as do many meetings, with an awards ceremony. We gave a standing ovation to Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said from Kenya. Dr. Said had dedicated much of his career to helping the victims of torture, working with the International Red Cross as well as Kenyan organizations, and as president of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:39 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: We Know They’re Spying on Us But How Are They Using the Information?

We have heard a great deal under both Bush and Obama about the extent of government surveillance, with a crescendo in recent weeks. We are learning that virtually all of us turn up in government surveillance in some way.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:48 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Reality Check On Iran

I recently attended a meeting of former Peace Corps volunteers who had served in Iran. We shared the fundamental perspective that Iran should be an ally, not an enemy, and that the current standoff is the result of government mistakes on both sides.

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Commentary & Opinion
4:04 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: The New Jim Crow

 While coming to record last week's commentary, I was listening to Michelle Alexander on Alternative Radio. If you haven’t heard her or read her book, The New Jim Crow, I strongly recommend it. Some of us knew the basic facts but she fills in the details and makes the argument brilliantly.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:46 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Intransigence – The Auto-Immune Disease Of Democracy

Obviously I’ve been following the news from Egypt like everyone else. You don’t need commentators to tell you that ousting a democratically elected government is undemocratic and unacceptable. But I want to talk about Morsi’s mistakes because they illustrate a major misunderstanding of democracy.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:48 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Taxes

I’m tired of hearing that lower taxes will bring new business. Politicians chant low taxes like a mantra that answers everything. Governor Cuomo offers to starve many New York communities of money for services by barring them from taxing new business.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:49 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Medical Research

The Supreme Court’s decision that no company can patent genes but can patent its tests for genetic information is the tip of a large iceberg. We have gotten used to believing that the patent process is the only way that new drugs and treatments are developed, and that private industry is the only source of that work. Nothing could be further from the truth but the attack on government activity may make it true.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:49 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: The Earth Has Its Own Ways Of Cooling Down

Let me begin by congratulating the station on a successful fund drive. These guys are terrific, the work they do is important.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:43 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: The Can-do Attitude Meets a Changing World

Too many Americans oppose and prevent serious efforts to head off problems until they become a crisis. They think we can postpone dealing with global warming, abuses in criminal trials, predictable shortages of fuel, food or water, threats to our health, and the backlash from our military adventures in the Middle East, among others.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: The Environmental Action Agenda

A few months ago, both Steve Leibo and I brought attention to an MIT study that suggested that a carbon tax could be a win-win-win solution. It would meet some Republican and some Democratic objectives, by allowing Congress to keep income taxes low, allow the Bush tax cuts to remain, yet fund Democratic social policies, all the while reducing our use and dependence on carbon based energy, which is destroying the environment, and is likely to leave an uninhabitable earth for our grandchildren.

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