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Retired from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Former director of international programs office and Superior English as a Second Language Institute. Ph.D., University of Minnesota. M.A. degrees in linguistics and East Asian Studies from the University of Kansas. Extensive experience teaching abroad, particularly in China. Active in various progressive organizations, most notably Minnesota Break the Bonds, which seeks divestment of Israel bonds owned by the Minnesota State Board of Investment.
PBS Goes to Vietnam
PBS has embarked on an 18-hour extravaganza on the US war in Vietnam claiming that it is an opportunity to take a fresh and possibly healing look at that difficult time. In fact, it is nothing but a rehash of past vague excuses and rationalizations for the war--something for everyone but nothing beyond the acceptable parameters of PBS corporate funders.
Saturday, February 14, 2015(3 comments)
Brian Williams--Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Brian Williams certainly deserves criticism for playing fast and loose with the news. We can fact check him on what he said but what is to be done about the huge amounts of important information the he all all the media simply leave out due to self-censorship?
Obama on Cuba and North Korea--A Lesson in US Politics
Barak Obama is a typical finger-in-the-wind politician. That's nothing new, but his reactions to the North Korea/Sony hacking and his new policy on Cuba tell us something about American political culture and the very narrow parameters in which it can operate.
Monday, January 21, 2013(3 comments)
When Is Diversity Not Diversity?
A critique of the notion that racially or gender-based diversity in public officials necessarily implies a diversity in ideas on the issues of the day. The former is desirable but the latter is what's really needed.