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World Wide Web: We are all jelly doughnuts

To show solidarity with West Germany against the Soviet threat during the Cold War, the United States declared that “We are all Berliners” (or jelly doughnuts, depending on your translation of President Kennedy’s German). To show solidarity with the United States after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the French declared that “We are all Americans.” …

World Wide Web: Cold War II?

After two decades of global supremacy, the United States’ role as the world’s only superpower is about to be challenged. China – with a nuclear arsenal, the world’s largest standing army and the second largest economy – has the potential to create the same type of bipolar power structure that existed between the Soviet Union…

World Wide Web: Some modest proposals

What do you get when you combine homosexuality and Catholicism? A good halftime show. So the LGBTQ community and its supporters at John Carroll University want the administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy to include sexual orientation. This addition would ensure that the University doesn’t base its employment practices – including hiring, firing, promotion and treatment…

World Wide Web: Haiti: drowning in kindness

Haiti is drowning in a flood of foreign aid. Despite receiving almost $1.5 billion since 1990 from the United States alone, 80 percent of Haitians still live below the poverty line, less than a third have formal jobs, and its government is one of the most corrupt in the world. Clearly, foreign aid has failed…

World Wide Web: Better days for democracy

Democracy has seen better days. According to Freedom House, an organization that publishes an annual report on the state of global political rights and civil liberties, global declines outweighed gains in freedom in 2009 for the fourth year in a row. Its report listed declines in freedom for 40 countries, representing the longest continuous period…

World Wide Web: I want letters

So my past couple columns have been pretty critical of the Catholic Church. I accused it of sexual discrimination, homophobia, strong-arming society, and blackmailing Congress. I also called it misogynic, elitist, bigoted, ignorant, stubborn, unsympathetic, disconnected and bullheaded. And since we received no letters to the editor from anyone trying to counter my arguments, I’m…

World Wide Web: I’m not the Pope

Has the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops gone completely insane? Only a few weeks ago, it single-handedly almost derailed the entire health care reform movement. Using the House’s health care reform legislation as leverage, the bishops said that they would withdraw their support of it unless Congress tightened its restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortions. And…

World Wide Web: Death to the death penalty?

Recent events in the news have been chilling enough to send a shiver down the spine of Stephen King. The police found 11 bodies in Anthony Sowell’s house on the east side of Cleveland. The majority of the bodies were found buried in the ground with ties around their necks. Two of them were found…

World Wide Web: The pope’s latest policy

The Vatican has once again turned its infallible back on women and homosexuals. This time, the Catholic Church is making it easier for Anglicans to convert to Catholicism while still retaining many of their Anglican traditions. The aim of this move is to attract those who are uncomfortable with the Anglican Communion’s support of gay…

World Wide Web: The Middle East arms race

In Obama’s speech to the Muslim World in Egypt this past summer, he spoke about how a nuclear Iran could trigger “a nuclear arms race in the Middle East that could lead this region and the world down a hugely dangerous path.” But here’s the unfortunate truth: the Middle East nuclear arms race has already…

World Wide Web: The military option

The discovery of Iran’s secret nuclear facility, with its small size and hidden location, suggests that Iran is, indeed, pursuing nuclear weapons. This makes the “military option” of bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities a much more viable alternative. But an attack on Iran could potentially ignite a regional war in the Middle East. The key factor…

World Wide Web: Counter-intervention policy

There is a power vacuum in the Arab Middle East. The region effectively has no leader that the people are proud of and can look up to. With the exception of the newly democratic yet unstable Iraq, the rulers of Arab countries are either authoritarian dictators – like Mubarak of Egypt or Assad of Syria…

World Wide Web: Exporting the E.U.

The Arab world faces a future catastrophe. Oil is literally the only thing keeping the region’s economies afloat. But this dependence leads to rampant government corruption and economic instability. And what’s worse, one day the oil wells will run dry.

World Wide Web: Is the public option dead?

The public option was supposed to be the Democrats’ crown jewel of health care reform. But while President Barack Obama talked about all the advantages of the public option during his health care speech last Wednesday, in the end, he admitted that he could live without it. And with Republicans condemning the public option as…

World Wide Web: Wild rumpus reform

Max Baucus, the Democratic senator from Montana and chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, is putting the finishing touches on his long-awaited proposal for health care reform. An outline of his plan released over the weekend shows that it makes virtually every major concession that Republicans have asked for: there’s no public plan, there…

World Wide Web: The Iranian threat

Iran may soon have the technology to build a nuclear weapon. Israel claims that Iran has already reached that point, and has threatened to attack its nuclear facilities if no action is taken. But before we start a potential nuclear war, we should ask ourselves three questions. First of all, why does Iran want nuclear weapons? Secondly, is a nuclear Iran more dangerous than a non-nuclear Iran? And, if so, what are our possible courses of action?

World Wide Web: Time to pressure Israel

In the coming months, Israel’s new foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, will play a vital role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. With that in mind, consider the following statements that Lieberman has made over the years.

World Wide Web: Plan B

The biggest security threat to the United States is not Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea or even Iran. It’s Pakistan. A nuclear-armed state, Pakistan is plagued by political instability, which has allowed members of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, driven out of Afghanistan by U.S. forces, to form strongholds along Pakistan’s western border.