Remember Communism and the Cold War?

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I recently returned from a 10-day tour of Holocaust sites in Poland with Suzanne and a group of St. Ambrose University students. For most of the students on the trip, communism and the Cold War are [...]

Will the Stimulus Package Produce Only Low-Wage Jobs?

One of my readers emailed this excellent question in response to two of my previous posts, “Abraham Lincoln’s Economic Stimulus Package” and “When Deficit Spending Worked Wonders.”  Let me begin with Lincoln and the Transcontinental Railroad, which produced a sizable number of construction jobs that paid reasonably well and a strong  multiplier effect.
The problem was [...]

Arab-Israeli Conflict, part 4

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This is the last of my series on the Arab-Israeli conflict. It covers issues resulting from the Six-Day War in 1967. It’s important to understand these issues because they are the same issues that will have to be resolved to achieve a [...]

Arab-Israeli Conflict, part 3

 
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The next segment of my four-part series on the Arab-Israeli conflict tells the story from WWII to the eve of the Six Day War in 1967. Part 3 covers:

the chain of events set up by WWII that led Britain to give up the Palestinian mandate [...]

Arab-Israeli Conflict, part 2

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This is the second of the four-part series on the Arab-Israeli conflict that I recently taught at CommUniversity. Part 2 covers the period from World War I to the eve of World War II. Here are the main themes:

The Ottoman Empire’s declaration [...]