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Bill Clinton: Elder Statesman to the World

New York, N.Y. I first met Bill and Hillary Clinton at the New York Hilton when Bill was running for president for the first time in 1992.  I liked him but I was more impressed with her.  He went on to be president, and she overcame charges of carpet-bagging to become New York’s senator. I […]

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Sundance Film Afghan Star Incredible

New York, N.Y.  Thirty years ago people could sing and dance in Afghanistan. Then the Taliban took control, instituted Sharia law and, as described in the film The Kite Runner, changed Afghani life, culture, and personal freedoms for an entire generation. I have had the misfortune of experiencing what it was like to live under Sharia, following the Tsunami […]

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Indian Legend Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Plays NYC, Thanks Obama

New York, N.Y.   Indian classical musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khanplayed the Indian Consulate of New York last week. He played in the grand ballroom of the former mansion on 64th and Fifth, built in 1903 for Ms. Carrie Astor. Amjad Ali Khan plays the sarod, the most prominent stringed musical instrument used in northern India’s classical […]

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2,870 Mayors for Peace: Does Yours Belong?

New York, N.Y. 2,870 cities in 134 countries. That’s how many cities have committed themselves to not being a nuclear target by joining the U.N.-associated Mayors for Peace. “Being in favor of nuclear disarmament is a no-brainer for cities. Atomic weapons were developed to destroy cities,” Aaron Tovish explained to me over coffee at the […]

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Orphan Doctor Dedicated to Future Thought Leaders

New York, N.Y.  In 1995 I visited an orphanage in Indonesia and was so moved by the need to provide better care for orphans in the developing world that I went on to found Orphans International Worldwide(OIWW). I also brought home a ten-month old son, Mathew James. I did not know then that a parallel effort […]

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Viewpoint: To Get Our World Back On Track, Give Back

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Or, if that is too hard to stomach, simply take a month break volunteer your help anywhere there is need – a food pantry, homeless shelter, environmental project – the list is endless. It would be enough to jump-start our global economy in time for the fall’s rebound. If enough of us give back, our […]

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Secularism: Surprisingly More Popular in Turkey than in U.S.

New York, N.Y. Recently the Turkish Cultural Center in New York held a panel discussion on whether coexistence is possible between religious and secular forces in the Muslim world. What surprised this writer was data collected from a new Gallup Poll suggests that secularism is more popular in Islamic-majority Turkey than Christian-majority America. I was also startled […]

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U.S. Border Policy: How To Fix What’s Broken

How are we doing on sealing our long, long border with Mexico, all 1,952 miles of it? The Secure Fence Act of 2006 calls for 670 miles of new fencing, running along one-third of the border. As of last fall, 370 miles had been installed — at a cost of some $5 million per mile. […]

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“The Impossible Dream” Made Possible by Career Bridges

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Norman Rockwell’s Images of Freedom Revisited 75 Years Later

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