Thomas Friedman Interview on BBC Radio 3

On a recent episode of the always-interesting BBC Radio 3 Arts & Ideas Podcast, Philip Dodd spoke with Thomas Friedman about his new book “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back“. While I don’t usually agree with Friedman, I did find this interview interesting–Dodd challenges Friedman and engages him in constructive argument … Continue reading Thomas Friedman Interview on BBC Radio 3

Fouad Ajami on the U.N. and a Palestinian State

Fouad Ajami wrote the opinion piece below for the Wall Street Journal back in June. It’s still timely a couple months later as Palestine seeks a declaration of statehood from the United Nations this week. While it’s high time that the Palestinian people join the international community and adopt the responsibilities of statehood, Ajami makes a crucial point that achieving statehood takes much more than declarations. >> Link: The … Continue reading Fouad Ajami on the U.N. and a Palestinian State

Distracted Driving: The New Drunk Driving

April is Distracted Driving Month. The Economist reports on the effects of cell phones on driving ability: The human brain has to work harder to process language and communication with somebody who is not physically present. … Such distractions, according to one study, make drivers more collision-prone than having a blood-alcohol level of .08%, the legal limit in America. It appears to raise the risk … Continue reading Distracted Driving: The New Drunk Driving

America’s Deficit and the Debt Ceiling

The United States–its citizens and lawmakers–need to pay careful attention to the effects of our near-term actions. The outcome of not raising the debt ceiling is uncertain–nobody really knows what will happen. But the press is ablaze with information:   The Economist does a nice job of summing up the status of government debt >> Link: America’s deficit: A brief word about the budget deal | The … Continue reading America’s Deficit and the Debt Ceiling