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Lauding the late Tom Lantos

by Jennie S. Bev On Monday, California’s 12th District congressman, Tom Lantos, died from esophageal cancer. He was 80. The San Mateo Democrat was diagnosed before the end of last year, but waited a month before revealing he was terminally ill. He was the only...

Raciality and being post-racial

by Jennie S. Bev Recently, Detective Nate Cogburn of the Tracy Police Department arrested a 14-year-old boy who reportedly made a series of phone calls on a blocked number, claimed to be a Ku Klux Klan member, made death threats and said he would burn a cross. This...

Survive downturn with chutzpah

by Jennie S. Bev On Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed that a financial stimulus package of tax rebates and child credits has been agreed upon between the White House and congressional leaders. This is great news for middle-class Americans. It is...

Don’t let next president run amok

by Jennie S. Bev Mike Huckabee. Mitt Romney. Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama. These four presidential candidates’ names have been spotlighted here and there, near and far, online, on TV and in print. These names have been echoing in our minds, but apparently the...

Smart money on a stay-the-course fed

by Jennie S. Bev The Federal Reserve is the economic institution in this country that can influence interest rates by issuing discount rates, also known as primary credit rates, that are intended to stabilize the financial system. The decision to increase or cut such...

When Indonesia needs Al Gore more

by Jennie S. Bev It has been seven years since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) resolution was signed by all members of the United Nations in the fourth quarter of 2000. Little has been done to publicize this move, which is meant to help eradicate poverty and...

GDP, poverty, and Gross National Happiness

by Jennie S. Bev A recent presentation of Indonesia's 2007 fourth quarter macroeconomic and reform progress by Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti, the former coordinating minister of economic affairs and the former ambassador of Indonesia to the United States, in San...

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