We take for granted that birds in the millions returning from their winter feeding grounds in Central and South America will make it back to nest and mate in our yards each spring. The rude reality, however, paints a scenario of thinning numbers as their habitat continues to give way to human incursion; wetlands get drained; toxic sprays are employed; and GMO agriculture reduces the … Continue reading Saving Spring’s Envoys: Our Vanishing Birds
We just celebrated Earth Day on April 22, an annual fête of huge importance for those of us wanting to increase the public’s awareness of the challenge of climate change, and our substantial human contribution to it, and ways we might fight it. It’s an important time for us in another way, too, as this yearly outpouring of Green advocacy transcending borders buoys up our … Continue reading Climate Change: Can we win the fight?
Despite President Obama’s spirited pledge to reduce the growing gap between rich and poor, his administration has been covertly involved in negotiating a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement whose potential fallout would only exacerbate, not lessen, the economic divide, consolidating what is essentially an oligarchy of Wall Street interests. You may be unfamiliar with the TPP, as it’s not played up in the media, unless … Continue reading Trans Pacific Partnership: Corporate Mayhem Alive and Well
The civil war in Syrian, which began in March 2011, drags on with all its madness and no end in sight. In that time, 125,000 (latest figures) have died and 2 million of Syria’s 6 million population fled, spilling its human burden into refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. All wars are destructive, but civil wars usually are among the worst. In our … Continue reading The Heart of Darkness: The Syrian Inferno
I had tuned in on Friday to President Obama’s Rose Garden appearance before the media, expecting an updating of data justifying a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria. After all, Secretary of State John Kerry had spoken forcefully to the issue, calling it an act of “thieves and murderers.” How preternatural it seemed for someone who had … Continue reading Hamlet in the White House: Obama Blinks