This week in OtherWords, columnist Donald Kaul puts our leaders’ failure to reach a budget deal before Christmas into a broader context, William A. Collins addresses Connecticut’s recent tragedy from the perspective of a local, Jill Richardson proposes a New Year’s resolution we should all consider adopting, and Jim Hightower highlights some colorful details about one company’s recent decision to get out of the gun business.
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And here’s our lineup for the week.
- University Research, Sold Out / Wenonah Hauter
The energy industry and Big Agribusiness are distorting academic research by wielding corporate influence.
- Sabotaging the Conversation about Guns / Don Kraus
The NRA’s antics could hinder global efforts to reduce weapons sales to terrorists and regimes that abuse human rights.
- Argo and the Roots of U.S.-Iran Tensions / Narges Bajoghli
Argo illustrates the power of movies about past traumas but Americans need to dig deeper to understand why relations with Iran remain strained today.
- Mass-Murder Nation / Mike Ferner
To understand what triggered the Newtown killings, we must come to grips with America’s militarism.
- Our Nation, on Its Knees / Donald Kaul
Apparently, to a Republican, good faith negotiation consists of demanding unconditional surrender and an apology for disagreeing in the first place.
- This Year, Resolve to Love Your Body / Jill Richardson
You can buy another car, but you sure can’t get a new body.
- Wakeup Call for the Gun Business / Jim Hightower
The private equity group that owns a controlling stake in the nation’s biggest firearm company announced within days of the Newtown massacre that it was selling that investment.
- Of Cowardice and Connecticut / William A. Collins
Photos of dead children may not have much impact on defenders of so-called “gun rights,” but they do tend to outrage everyone else.
- The Dark Side of Corporate Research / Khalil Bendib cartoon
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