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Peter Gottschalk: Hate crimes associated with both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism have a long history in America

An effort to protect the position of native-born citizens from perceived threats by immigrants – has periodically erupted in the U.S. since at least the early 19th century.

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: Prayer for a Dying Planet

 Honestly, sometimes, I envy the dead, Those dearly departed, whose exits, however peaceful or wrenching,  Were always underwritten by the knowledge that  Life endures, and that Hope of Eternal Life  . … Continue reading

March 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Shalom Lappin: On the Tree of Life Shooting

In a particularly poignant scene of Spike Lee’s superb new film BlacKkKlansman, Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer in Colorado Springs in the 1970s, who infiltrates the local Klan … Continue reading

November 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: Civility and Academic Freedom

American Universities in the Age of Trump I’ve been teaching university-level courses – first as an adjunct, then as a full time academic – since January of 1987. In the … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Daniel Burston: The Confabulator in Chief

I know it is the fashion to say that most of recorded history is lies anyway. I am willing to believe that history is for the most part inaccurate and … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

Daniel Burston: “It Can’t Happen Here”

Trump, Authoritarianism & American Politics:  “It can’t happen . . . Here. It can’t happen . . . Here.” I was 15 when I heard Frank Zappa and the Mothers … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 6 Comments

Daniel Burston: Nazis, Israelis and Palestinians — Rhetoric and Reality

On August 6th, 2016, The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement issued a bold and extensive policy statement entitled “A Vision of Black Lives.” Many of the proposals it contains merit … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: What is Zionism?

Zionism is a movement for Jewish emancipation and self-determination that arose in response to the rising tide of anti-Semitism that engulfed Europe in the mid-19th century, which resulted in a … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Daniel Burston: Corruption in the Mental Health Professions — Psychology, Psychiatry and the “New Normal” 

                  The Social Psychology of Corruption Ask yourself the following question; “What is the most corrupt place in the world?” Forget Sodom … Continue reading

December 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

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