March

Double dip danger

What does the economic future hold? The commentators in business media are like fortune tellers, reading the future in a bunch of soggy tea leaves. Fewer jobs lost than expected in February? The economy must be on the mend. Rail traffic down 1.7% from a year ago? Trouble ahead.

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“Ghostwriter” reveals heinous crimes

According to reviewer Jim Lane,  Roman Polanski does it again with "The Ghostwriter."

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Chamber of Commerce declares class war

To call it hypocrisy would be a gross understatement. So let's just call it class war. Because that's what it is.

The truth behind the death of a Cuban hunger striker

Orlando Zapata Tamayo died of respiratory failure in a Cuban hospital on February 23 after an 83 day hunger strike

Resetting U.S.-Cuba relations and the Cuban 5

Recent vindictive U.S. actions in the case of the Cuban 5 raise the question: what is holding back a change in the unconstructive policy of blockade and hostility toward Cuba?

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‘The Last Station’ - we loved it and learned from it

Love, wealth, utopian ideas and looming revolution are themes in this wonderfully acted film about Tolstoy and his wife.

The real impediments to good schools

Blaming teachers' unions for the "failure" of public education is at best a red herring, at worst a cynical way to sow division.

 

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‘But we don’t have any work’

Like most people here in Reno, Nevada, who are looking for work, I just call myself a statistic and hope for the best.

What’s your Oscar predictions?

Sunday is Oscar night and I admit I have not seen every movie nominated but I did see most and here are my predictions.

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From Cuba, tender story about grueling sport

Documentary gives a tender and  inside look at the renowned Cuban training academy for boxing.

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