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My Global Family Vacation Part 5: France and Sense of Security

Figure 1 – a weekend scene Near Canal Saint-Martin in Paris Before the international meetings on climate change started in Paris (COP21 – see the four December 2015 blogs), I asked my younger family members there to monitor the street … Continue reading

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My Global Family Vacation Part 4: Malta

  Figure 1 (from August 2 blog) Figure 2 – Map of Malta Figure 1 from my August 2nd blog shows my summer vacation route. Malta is a tiny dot on that map but I felt it necessary to show … Continue reading

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Global Family Vacation Part 3: Israel: Palestinian and Jewish Refugees, Resettlement, and the Right of Return

Figure 1 – A map of refugee camps in the Middle East Successful resettlement is probably the most important aspect of the global refugee issue. Resettled refugees can make major positive contributions to their host societies. We have seen this … Continue reading

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My Global Family Vacation Part 2: England and Brexit

Family grave in Golders Green Jewish Cemetery I’m going to try to connect my personal history (August 2) and the pieces of my family history that I gleaned from my recent travels with the global refugee issues. Above is my … Continue reading

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My Global Family Vacation

Map of my global family vacation I have returned from my month-long vacation with my wife. One of the perks of being an academic is that my summers are my own. I show the route of my trip above. Clearly, … Continue reading

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Democracy vs. Oligarchy Part 3: Who Shows Up?

(March 22, 2016): Close to half of the country – mostly that in the low income end of the financial spectrum – does not participate in choosing our government. The courts have amplified this inequality by allowing an unlimited use … Continue reading

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Democracy vs. Oligarchy Part 2: Which People Vote?

Last week (March 15) we looked at three key findings: From the Pew Research survey of voters cast in OECD countries, the United States (ranked 4th from the bottom in the voters participation survey (2012 presidential elections) records about 55% … Continue reading

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Guest Blog by Jake Levin: Study Abroad in Havana, Cuba

Hello! This is guest blogger Jake Levin. By way of background, I’m a senior Macaulay Honors College student studying political science and philosophy at Brooklyn College, and I recently returned from a month spent studying abroad in Havana, Cuba. I … Continue reading

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COP21 and Paris – Evaluation of Commitments

Two weeks ago, through this blog, I was “on my way” to Paris. I wish I could actually be there (see the last two paragraphs for my sentiments on Friday’s terrorist attack and its ramifications); I like the city, I … Continue reading

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China – Cap and Trade With Babies?

Last week I started discussing the upcoming COP21 conference in Paris. I talked about the Earth Summit, which sanctioned the IPCCC, and included the near term commitments from the 10 most carbon emitting countries as to reduction of their emissions … Continue reading

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