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World Wide Web: Where is our Day of Rage?

Ohioans gathered outside the statehouse to rally against senate bill 5 on March 29 in Columbus, Ohio. The bill would strip public employees of collective bargaining rights. (AP) This is my 43rd and final column for The Carroll News. Next week, the World News section will be in the hands of Michael Reiser, and I’m…

World Wide Web: Taking the high road to hell

Picketers protest the American involvement in Libya on March 23 in San Francisco. (AP) I don’t blame Americans for supporting U.S. military intervention in Libya. After all, when cloaked in the guise of multilateralism and the moral superiority of a humanitarian cause, intervention in Libya sounds like a responsible use of military power. However, the…

World Wide Web: Hey Obama, stay the heck out of Libya

President Barack Obama, right, and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi pictured during the G8/G5 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, on July 9, 2009. (AP). (AP) “We don’t want and we won’t accept any foreign intervention on our soil. We started this revolution, and we will finish it.” Those are the words of Abdul Hafidh Gogha, the spokesman…

World Wide Web: Did Bush bring democracy to the Middle East?

It’s hardly been eight years since the United States invaded Iraq, toppled Saddam Hussein and installed a democratic regime in a region where authoritarian rule is the norm. And now the entire Middle East, from Algeria to Yemen, is being rocked by anti-government protesters demanding that their leaders step aside and make way for democracy.…

World Wide Web: Has social media revolutionized revolutions?

Both the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions may not have been possible without Mark Zuckerberg. Anti-government protestors used Facebook to organize huge demonstrations in the streets of Tunis and Cairo. Then when Ben Ali and Mubarak began cracking down on media outlets, protestors used hashtags on Twitter to let the world know what was going on.…

World Wide Web: Jimmy Carter’s revolution

How important is the promotion of democracy to U.S. foreign policy? To many Americans, this nation’s main mission is to promote freedom and democracy throughout the world. And as revolution takes hold in Egypt, and protests continue to plague Jordan, Americans have been annoyingly reminded that the United States is thoroughly enmeshed in the business…

World Wide Web: Egypt & the glory days

For decades, Egypt was the juggernaut of the Arab world. As the most populous and powerful Arabic country, it was Israel’s primary military foe. And its leader, the legendary Gamal Abdul Nasser, united Arabs and gave hope to the people of Palestine. But  in a peace treaty brokered by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, Egypt…

World Wide Web: The Middle East is burning

It was embarrassment that drove Mohamed Bouzazi to douse himself in paint thinner and light himself on fire. After the apples that he sold to support his family were confiscated by government workers; after he was slapped in the face and publicly beaten by them – twice; after one of them insulted his dead father;…

World Wide Web: Do it for Nico

I made an academic debut of sorts this past Sunday night. At the “Peace for Sudan” panel in Donahue Auditorium, I spoke between Dan Griffin, the Sudan adviser for Catholic Relief Services, and Nico, one of the 27,000 “Lost Boys” of Sudan who have been displaced or orphaned by the Second Sudanese Civil War. What…

World Wide Web: Four and a half minutes in Zardari’s shoes

For the next four and a half minutes, imagine that you’re Asif Ali Zardari, the president of Pakistan. You’re looking westward at your neighbor, Afghanistan, and you see an unstable Afghan government plagued by corruption. You see a weak Afghan military incapable of protecting civilians – let alone defeating the Taliban – without American support.…

World Wide Web: The burden of the working class

I feel like most students who read my column don’t make it past the first three paragraphs. So if it’s okay with you, I’m going to write it bass ackwards this week. Here’s my conclusion: Republicans want to put the entire responsibility of reducing the nation’s record-setting debt and deficit on the shoulders of the…

World Wide Web: Health care: nothing but the truth

Halloween’s over, but don’t expect Republican scare tactics on health care to end any time soon. The alleged “government takeover” of health care is one of the main reasons Americans are turning their backs on President Obama and the Democrats. And a number of competent Democratic candidates and incumbents were destroyed on Election Day by…

World Wide Web: Tirade

Who would’ve thought that the recession would hit Ohio so hard that it would give half of Ohioans amnesia? It’s sad, but true. Or at least that’s what the polls appear to prove. It’s been just a few years since the failed economic policies of President George W. Bush brought us the biggest financial and…

World Wide Web: Less rags, more riches

In the days leading up to the 2008 presidential election, I remember listening to an interview that discreetly poked fun of some random African-American voters who supported Barack Obama but couldn’t distinguish many of his major policy initiatives from those of Republican candidate John McCain. The interview touched on what was perhaps the proverbial elephant…

World Wide Web: A country without a cause

It took about 60 years for America to transform from a great power into the world’s only superpower. What drove this transition? Competition. Throughout that period, this nation faced some type of challenge that transcended political differences and motivated Americans to work, in one way or another, towards a common goal. During the 1930s, the…

World Wide Web: Listen to Kanye

President Obama better think twice the next time he thinks about calling Kanye West a jackass. In the remix of his earth-shaking summer jam “Power,” the abomination of Obama’s nation drops a quick little line of epic diplomatic proportions: “Keep our troops out of Iran.” But will Obeezy listen to Yeezy? Obama has made it…

World Wide Web: The only thing we have to fear is irrational fear itself

Ah, the glory days. Back when I was a freshman, JCU’s dining service was top notch. To-go boxes were free. You could use a meal swipe at Einstein’s for breakfast and at the Inn Between for dinner. And in the dining hall, you could grab a tray right when you walked in and put as…

World Wide Web: Preparing for the next recession

So I saw President Barack Obama give a speech last week. Just another day in the life of a world news editor of an award-winning weekly college newspaper. Obama chose to give his speech in Parma. If you’re from Cleveland, you’ve definitely heard of Parma. It’s the butt of every other joke around here. Even…

World Wide Web: Swing away, Barry

So President Barry H. Obama wants to do the impossible and bring peace to the Middle East. But if he expects to have any chance at success, he better borrow a page from Teddy Roosevelt’s foreign policy handbook and speak softly but carry a big stick. And perhaps a fat checkbook. Everyone – from the…

World Wide Web: Immigrants and ugly chairs

My father is an immigrant. He came to this country from Great Britain when he was 18 years old. With only twenty bucks in his pocket, he got a job, got another job, worked his way through college and sent part of each paycheck back home to his family in England. After college, he landed…

World Wide Web: The economics of war

Civil war. It’s a funny term, if you think about it. Almost an oxymoron of sorts. But those who have been through a civil war know it’s anything but a laughing matter. The violence caused by intrastate conflict – or conflict that takes place within a state between politically oriented groups – can pit brother…

World Wide Web: Tea Party – serious or circus act?

What a buzzkill. Maybe I was naive to expect anything more than the usual conservative talking points and propaganda at last week’s Tea Party. But Tea Party supporters are naive if they think they’ll ever be able to make any sort of meaningful contribution to society simply by bashing the government and predicting the downfall…

World Wide Web: Don’t let yourself be defined

So the JCU Tea Party is today. Hopefully you’re planning on going. If not, you have until 3 p.m. to change your mind. And I have about 500 words that may change your mind for you. The goal of today’s Tea Party is to promote a grassroots effort that gives a voice to the common…

World Wide Web: It’s party time

There’s nothing more American than apple pie and democracy. But right now, our democracy is like an apple pie cut up into 435 slices, with each representative looking out for his own slice of the pie. The result is a political system that’s dominated by special interests, which chip away at the general welfare of…

World Wide Web: Lil Wayne is innocent

Law is mind without reason. I’ll return. For the next eight to 12 months, that will be the last tweet on Lil Wayne’s Twitter account. The rapper was sent to the slammer a couple weeks ago after he “got stopped by a lady cop” who found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol in his tour bus.…