Friday, July 30, 2010

Does America Really Want to Hear what Afghan Women Have to Say?

Does America Really Want to Hear what Afghan Women Have to Say?

I am nauseated by the ways in which we American feminists have allowed ourselves to be dragged into the war in Afghanistan. The pretext is that the U.S. is making life better for Afghan women, by killing their sons, husbands and marriage prospects. If the women in that nation were behind our efforts, the U.S. would be winning rather than losing the war. more

Saturday, July 10, 2010

In Battle between Science & Religion in the West, the Winner is  Asia    

I’ve never really understood the "science" of Creationism. The most vital and meaningful ideas and innovations are almost always exportable, from the country of origin to the rest of the world. We all hunger for new products or inspirations, which offer even the vaguest promise of easing life’s material or spiritual discomforts. Bananas and band-aids, melons and modern medicine have found their way to every corner of the globe. One needn’t practice a particular religion nor adhere to a particular creed in order to enjoy the advantages of modern dentistry, or use an iphone.  More

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Beef with NPR

In North Texas where I live, the only radio station with serious news coverage is National Public Radio. But I have long harbored a love-hate relationship with that station, even though I have no other real listening options in my area.  So, what's the problem?  In a word, it is the degree to which "exoticism" defines far too much of its foreign coverage.  It occurred to me several years ago, that the more I listen to NPR, and read American newspapers and news blogs for foreign coverage, the more ignorant I become of what motivates the rest of the world.