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Love and Locality: The View from the East

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Accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and other related words do not have quite the emotive power in East Asian societies as they do for contemporary Westerns, living under the shadow of the Holocaust, years of massive immigration, and sensitivity training. The use of such words . . . . Continue Reading »

Common Sense?

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“Paying for what you spend is basic common sense. Perhaps that’s why, here in Washington, it’s been so elusive” So stated Obama, new champion of fiscal responsibility, with commentary in The Economist article, Seeing Red . But what are the numbers? Bad as the deficit was under . . . . Continue Reading »

American Media Blackout

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A strange thing happened last week just after Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner delivered his speech on United States–China cooperation at Peking University, in which he claimed a U.S. commitment to debt reduction and increased fiscal responsibility. Reported the People’s Daily : . . . . Continue Reading »