What are we going to do about racism?

Over a month ago, I was driving down Ford Road to meet up with a group of friends for a Sunday brunch in Garden City. As I was making my way through Westland, an ice cream stand had a sign that read, If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a soldier.

Learn from the fall of Rome, U.S. warned

The U.S. government is on a "burning platform" of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon, the country's top government inspector has warned. David Walker, comptroller general of the U.S., issued the unusually downbeat assessment of his country's future in a report that lays out what he called "chilling long-term simulations."

Current peace process not what it seems

As opposed to the forecast, energetic diplomatic activity which in the distant past was called the "peace process" began during the July-August vacation, of all times. Summit meetings, a prisoner release, economic gestures, optimistic declarations and diplomatic plans are all making us feel that something serious is really happening. Because if not, such important people would not be devoting so much time to involvement in the diplomatic process, especially during the summer vacation.

A South African in Palestine

The first vice-president of the South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) received first-class Israeli treatment as he attempted to fly from South Africa to Israel-Palestine. Mr. Xolile Nxu went through a process all too familiar to many Palestinians. He was detained, interrogated and strip searched by Israeli security in the South African airport he was flying out of.

Bush's policies of fear and intimidation

We've been saying it for years. Instead of effectively addressing the terrorist threat to the United States that was clearly demonstrated by the 9/11 attacks, this administration chose to use those frightening and serious attacks as an excuse to invade the oil-rich country of Iraq, purely in the interests of advancing an economic and/or ideological agenda in the Middle East. The scope of that agenda is yet to be realized by most people.

Bush making a mockery of democracy

Two weeks ago President George W. Bush banned Lebanese and Syrian officials whom Washington accuses of undermining the Lebanese government from entering the United States. The list of Syrian officials the United States considers to have meddled in Lebanon includes Assaf Shawkat, director of Syrian military intelligence and brother-in-law of Syrian President Bashar Assad; Hisham Ikhtiyar, adviser to Assad; Jama'a Jama'a and Rustum Ghazale, top Syrian military intelligence officials.

Ten reasons to talk to Hamas

1. Diplomacy is not mainly about talking to people you agree with, but to people you disagree with.

2. They won a free and fair parliamentary election in 2006. Fateh's Mahmoud Abbas won a free and fair presidential election in 2005. Outsiders have no credibility when they seek to include one of these parties while excluding and indeed also attacking the other.

Support The Parade Company

Anyone who had the pleasure this week of joining the crowd in downtown Detroit for the annual fireworks display in honor of Americas Independence Day knows its true that the Motor City is making a real comeback.

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