Commentaries

 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Rajmohan Gandhi

As his term as President of IofC International ends, Rajmohan Gandhi shares reflections on 2010 and his hopes for 2011 in a letter to the IofC network.

Thursday, November 18, 2010
John Graham

We need to find ways to initiate our boys into manhood without sending them to war, says John Graham, a veteran himself of the war in Vietnam.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
 

President Obama faces his severest test of leadership in the coming months. Will he be able to build some level of collaboration in Washington and continue to move the country toward much-needed reforms? The media paints a dire picture of national division, but most Americans do not live their lives as angry partisans.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Hector Garcia

As the United States continues to experience the effects of economic recession we are tempted to let fear confuse our thinking. Such is the case with the growing anxiety over immigration. There are opinions being presented in politics, the press, the Web, and among the general public that portray immigrants as the source of our problems.

Monday, September 6, 2010
Rajmohan Gandhi

Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, President of IofC International, joined Pakistani Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon in a joint appeal for further assistance to those who suffer as a result of the catastrophic floods in Pakistan. They were speaking at a joint press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 3 September.

Monday, September 6, 2010
Marc Gopin

The creation of an independent Palestine has been a dream dashed many times, but there may be a practical path forward emerging from a surprising place. I often heard the phrase ‘business is business’ growing up in the 1960s among gritty American Jewish immigrants; my father said it all the time. It reflected old Jewish instincts to do whatever it takes to survive and feed ‘the family’, even when it meant dealing with people who disliked you – a lot.

Monday, June 14, 2010
Hannibal Johnson

“One might argue the historian is the conscience of the nation, if honesty and consistency are factors that nurture the conscience.” Dr. John Hope Franklin (Race and History, Selected Essays, 1938 – 1988). In life, Tulsa’s hometown hero, Dr. John Hope Franklin, challenged us to identify that which is broken in the world, and then set about fixing it.

Thursday, April 8, 2010
Zeke Reich, USA

The US is groaning with the pain of the “culture wars”—the battles of politics and religion that have raged between liberal and conservative, Christian and secular, "red" and "blue" since at least the 1960s, if not the 1860s. Both sides have suffered and felt oppressed by the other, and both have in their turn oppressed and caused suffering.

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Chris Breitenberg

“You talk a lot about Gandhi’s message, ‘be the change you want to see in the world’, but what are you actually doing about it? How is that actually affecting your life?”

Thursday, December 31, 2009
 

National political leaders underestimate Americans’ capacity for unselfish choices. The current pandering to the baser instincts of fear and resentment over issues like health care or climate change does an injustice to the generosity and good sense of this country.

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