A Short History of the New World Order

November 24, 2008 11:03 am

Barack Obama has been elected president of the United States. This is an extraordinarily important achievement, both for the man himself and the country as a whole. It remains to be seen, of course, how an Obama administration will address problems that are enormous in scope. America is involved in two wars – one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan, has a staggering debt and deficit and is in the throes of a recession that shows no signs of abating. However Barack performs as president, his election as the first black man to win the presidency of the United States highlights the potential for progressive change. Obama’s message of change, hope and inclusiveness galvanized a majority of Americans like no other candidate has since John F Kennedy. Hitherto disaffected African Americans (both young and old) were finally able to exercise their enfranchisement in a way that mattered. Racism suffered a severe setback. Indeed, Obama’s victory also signals a willingness on the part of a majority of Americans to atone for some of the sins of their past.

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UNDER PRESSURE: Rescuing Childhood from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting

August 19, 2008 5:54 pm

A few years ago my 14 year-old nephew was playing in a hockey tournament. A young man with only one arm was refereeing one of their games. My nephew’s team was losing and the affair was getting rough. As his team fell behind, some parents became increasingly vocal in expressing their frustration with the officiating. In response to a called penalty, one parent yelled, “Hey ref, did you lose your eye sight when you lost your arm?” It was another example of a parent losing perspective and exercising horrible judgment.

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

June 24, 2008 9:00 pm

Sierra Leone is located in West Africa between Guinea to the North and Liberia to the South. A former British colony, the country established independence in 1961.Alas despite the initial adoption of a parliamentary system and universal franchise, domestic peace remains elusive. For decades the country endured attempted military coups and a prolonged civil war between government military forces and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Ostensibly the RUF’s aim was to overthrow a series of corrupt governments.

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