No Longer 100% White

The New York Times Motherlode blog published my latest essay on April 15, 2015: Former Gov. Jeb Bush made news recently because he checked “Hispanic” on a voter registration form. This is obviously ridiculous from a scion of the Bush family (and Mr. Bush has said he made a mistake). Yet, I understand, because the family…

25 Years Ago in Tiananmen Square

Commentators are discussing the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. On June 4, 1989, Chinese army troops rolled into the center of Beijing to destroy the nascent democracy movement there. For those unfamiliar with the geography of Beijing, it would be the equivalent of tanks on Washington’s National Mall. I remember the June 4…

Pete Seeger

I wrote an article for the Newton Tab about Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger turns 93 on May 3. He is known as a songwriter for writing songs as well-known as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Turn, Turn, Turn,” as an advocate of folk music for popularizing and adapting the songs of others, like…

Victory in Iraq

Is it just me, or is it clear to everyone who the winner of the war in Iraq is? Is it just a matter of time before he’s identified by everyone else? I’m writing, of course, about Moqtada al-Sadr. He and his Mahdi army have been powerful forces and power brokers for a long time.…