July

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Are republics democratic?

If we live in a country where some citizens' votes count more than others - in other words, in which "one person, one vote" is really not the standard - how can we claim to be a real democratic state? At best we have a limited and imperfect democracy.

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Eric Cantor: GOP drama queen with an agenda

Cantor's most cruel political grandstanding came after the terrible tornado that ravaged Joplin, Mo., killing and injuring hundreds this year. Cantor proclaimed that he would block all federal relief funding for the suffering people of Joplin until Democrats agreed to cut a similar amount from the budget.

Republicans’ extortion needs a resounding “No”

A two-part response is needed to Eric Cantor and his fellow Republicans.

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Book Review: Fascism, war and struggle through one person's eyes

"In 1945, Germany and Japan surrendered and World War II ended ... Our stories must be heard and remembered."

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Italy: Barbarians at the gates

There are signs that the Italian economy is running off the rails, but the signs are subtle. Lots of locked houses and long grass, for instance.

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Cuban drama shines at LA film fest

Those who missed June screenings at the Los Angeles Film Festival of the "Boleto a Paraiso" have another opportunity to buy a ticket.

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Are we free?

We live in one of the freest societies humans have ever created. On the surface.

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"Richard III": Classic with a modern lesson

Enjoying Shakespeare under the stars at Topanga Canyon's Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is de rigeur during summertime for Angeleno theatergoers.

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“Voices from Iraq”: Lest we forget

Iraqis tell harrowing stories, reminding us that even if the troops come home, the United States has a debt to pay to the people of Iraq.

President needs to pivot back to jobs

It is now 99 percent certain that the private economy is NOT going to cause the bad jobs numbers to change direction.

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