Monthly Archives: August 2013

Administrative Bloat at American Universities

With all the buzz over the past week about President Obama’s new plan for reforming higher education in the United States, it is a good time for a reminder about why higher education costs are rising. Grossly bloated university administrations … Continue reading

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President Obama’s Plan for Higher Education

Last week, President Barack Obama unveiled his plan for higher education reform. Unfortunately, Obama’s plan focused almost exclusively on the cost of college tuition and fees. His plan misunderstands the reasons for higher tuition rates, which largely stem from a … Continue reading

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On Chemical Weapons and Military Intervention

Chemical weapons seem to have been used in the Syrian Civil War last week, probably by Syrian government forces. Médecins sans frontières (MSF), known in English as Doctors Without Borders, has issued a statement confirming that approximately 3,600 Syrian civilians … Continue reading

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The French Question

The “French Question” has become central to European economic development and  European Union (EU) politics. Labor unrest, racial tensions, and high unemployment have created a delicate political and economic situation in France. According to the New York Times, “The French … Continue reading

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History of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Originally posted on Center for the Study of Religious Violence:
The Muslim Brotherhood has been an important religious and political organization in Egypt for decades and is one of the major participants in the ongoing Egyptian Revolution. NPR provides a…

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Supporting the Arts and Humanities

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are currently leaderless.  Although they have acting directors and staffs, both endowments desperately need active leadership—especially in a time of budget cuts. The New York … Continue reading

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A New Production of Mother Courage

Originally posted on Center for the Study of Religious Violence:
Shakespeare and Company is producing a new version of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage, a play about everyday life and death in Germany during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). Bruce Chadwick…

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