Voices

Alienation in a Cliquish Society

Coming home from school the other day, my fifth-grader son asked me, “Mom, why are certain people popular in school?” There were tears in the corners of his eyes. “I don’t know,” I said. “Mom, are you popular at work?” he...

It Is Long Past the Time for the Clintons to Say Adieu

I don’t know what it is about the Clintons that fuels their love-hate relationship with the American public, but the country continues to be obsessed with them even though Bill Clinton is out of the office and should have long become a “has been.”...

Relief that Isn’t

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen and heard enough about the destruction to life and property in Gujarat. I don’t want to tell you about it all over again; for various reasons, I think that is a futile exercise. But I know that what happened there is on a lot of minds: I...

It Is Long Past the Time for the Clintons to Say Adieu

I don’t know what it is about the Clintons that fuels their love-hate relationship with the American public, but the country continues to be obsessed with them even though Bill Clinton is out of the office and should have long become a “has been.”...

Why Do Pro-Lifers Make The Best Killers?

I guess it must be because I was born in another country that American politics makes no sense to me at all. What I mean is that there seems to be no reason or logic behind some of the political debates that I have witnessed in this country during the last six...

Disaster, Development, and Fate

The earthquake that struck near Bhuj is the most powerful to have hit any populated area in the world in at least the last 20 years. The Bhuj earthquake was nine times as intense as the 1989 Bay Area earthquake, ten times the 1995 quake in Kobe, Japan that killed 5000...