Stephen Gottlieb

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: War And The Separation Of Powers

In 1950 Harry Truman sent troops to Korea without consulting Congress. Republican criticism did not withstand American hostility to Communism and American nostalgia for give ‘em hell Harry. It became a precedent.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Detroit Bankruptcy

The Detroit bankruptcy is likely to mean a big hit for people's pensions. Think about that: people have worked all their lives and now you tell them the terms just changed, and at precisely the part of their lives when they will find it hard to replace the lost income.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:48 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Dealing With The Egyptian Miliary

If we can believe the observations of commentators over more than two centuries, Americans have always wanted to be liked. We want people to like us, not to fear or feel coerced by us. That works well for a democracy where politicians want people to vote for them.

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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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