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What is Washington Up To in The Remote Chaco Region of South America?

Few people know what the U.S. is up to in the remote Chaco region of South America. Let the debate begin and read my article here.

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The Death of Alexander Cockburn

Leftist journalist Alexander Cockburn, who wrote for The Village Voice and later The Nation magazine, has died. In the Fall of 1996, I interned for Alex, and though I did not know him well I was an admirer at the time. Later, I published many articles on his web site, Counterpunch.

Over the past few years, however, I have had my criticisms of Cockburn and penned this article on al-Jazeera.

Whatever the questionable political positions of Alex Cockburn over the years, and there are many, it would behoove the left to be a little gracious in death. The headline of this obit, for example, is distasteful.

On the other hand, to be fair Alex was also vicious in his own obit on the occasion of writer Christoper Hitchens’ death. Ironically, in this piece Cockburn attacked Hitchens in turn for penning a nasty obit of noted Palestinian academic Edward Said on the occasion of the latter’s death.

With so much personal attack post mortem, is it any wonder that the right has been able to monopolize the moniker of "compassionate conservatism"?

Message to the left: we can do better than this.

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Midwest Book Review and mention of my novel

And now for a break from the usual non-fiction and politics!

In a nice writeup, Midwest Book Review encapsulates my latest novel Post Academic Stress Disorder, writing that "Academics only lead people to even more questions.  'Post-Academic Stress Disorder' is a humorous twist of new professor Andy Friedman who ponders what is to be done with his new education and influence, only to find that the world around him lead him to doubt every choice he could make. 'Post-Academic Stress Disorder' reflects on the lack of purpose that many people feel as they move on from their educational careers."

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