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By Amitabh Pal on July 23, 2014

The Obama Administration has given the go-ahead to a massive new oil exploration program off the Atlantic coast.



By Amitabh Pal on July 21, 2014

The IMF and the World Bank may finally have a rival.



By Amitabh Pal on July 16, 2014

A spying episode is casting a cloud over U.S.-German relations.


By Amitabh Pal on July 03, 2014

In a remarkable judicial verdict in Chile, the U.S. government has been held responsible for the deaths of two of its own countrymen 40 years ago.


By Amitabh Pal on June 27, 2014

The findings by the Australian investigative team reinforce the need for caution—not demagoguery—when evaluating news events.



By Amitabh Pal on June 25, 2014

How the recession and austerity measures have harmed us so grievously.



By Amitabh Pal on June 20, 2014

The Heritage Foundation held an event on Benghazi with no Muslim Americans on the panel.


By Amitabh Pal on June 16, 2014

Being a pundit means never having to say you’re sorry.

Thomas Friedman can wax pompous on the Iraq disaster, as he did in Sunday’s New York Times, without acknowledging his own cheerleading for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which led directly to the current catastrophe.

In his piece, Friedman chastises everyone from Iran to the Arabs for the calamity in Iraq in his usual glib style. (He actually uses the phrase: “This Bud’s for you.”) But one principal actor is missing: the Bush invasion Friedman backed. He should read terrorism expert Peter Bergen to jog his memory.


By Amitabh Pal on June 10, 2014

The dual attacks earlier this week on the airport complex in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, mark a new level of brazenness by the Taliban.

A Pakistani Taliban assault on the Karachi international airport that began Sunday left dozens dead. And, in an audacious gesture, members of the group on Tuesday fired shots at a nearby training facility.

The consequences of the incidents are serious for Pakistan, since they happened in a city that provides roughly one-third of the country’s GDP and handles almost all of its foreign trade.


By Amitabh Pal on May 30, 2014

Gun-rights groups rejoiced after they stalled President Obama's nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, because of his call for commonsense gun safety measures. Now, even after the killing spree at Isla Vista, his nomination is still likely doomed.

An Indian-American physician at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Murthy was nominated in November. But his nomination lost traction because he offended the gun lobby with his forthright stand on gun control.





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On July 10, 2014, in New York State, Judge David Gideon sentenced Mary Anne Grady Flores to a year in prison

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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