Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward

                             Bob Woodward has long been one of my journalist heroes. When he and Carl Bernstein wrote about the Watergate Scandal for The Washington Post they made history and won the Pulitzer Prize. After reading reviews for his new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, I knew it was a must … Continue reading Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward

Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in America

  Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, recently compiled a report on his visit to some cities in the United States of America. Over a two-week period, he traveled to California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West Virginia, and Washington DC. Not limiting himself to experts and civil society groups, he met with senior state and federal government officials. … Continue reading Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in America

“Blind Acceptance” by Sandra Pimentel

Often memoirs are dry re-tellings of a person’s life. This is not true of Sandra Pimentel’s beautifully written Blind Acceptance. Beginning with her early years in Quincy, Massachsetts, Pimentel paints a picture of a multi-ethnic neighborhood in the 1940’s. Surrounded by her large, Italian family, she was blissfully unaware of the war that was being fought on distant shores or the poverty of her family. … Continue reading “Blind Acceptance” by Sandra Pimentel

The Collapse of Presidential Races

I’ve tried hard to stay away from blogs about the current presidential races, especially the debates. To say we have become an embarrassment on the international stage is a gross understatement. People in other countries now tune in to the debates; particularly the Republican debates, rather than watch reality television. When did our political system degenerate into a name calling free for all? vigilantcitizen.com I … Continue reading The Collapse of Presidential Races