“that spark of the divine”

The spiritual dimension: Muslims find refuge, shared sense of humanity, in Christian church in Gaza

Among the terror and warfare that seem to increasingly claim the world’s attention, we often lose sight of the deep religious values and sense of…


REPRISE: Veterans’ Day, 2011: “Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?”

First published, November 11, 2011 My uncle died in a field in northern France with a German bullet in his head. To him, and all…



The only effective option in Syria: Humanitarian Intervention through the direct use of military force

To believe that simply getting the parties to the conference table would quickly lead to a settlement would be like believing that a giant rabbit…


Where are the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights?

U.S. law requires that the annual State Department Country Reports on Human Rights be published by February 25 of each year. The seriousness with which…


More on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama

Recent Articles and Commentary Fredrick Harris, “The Martin Luther King dreams that Obama forgot,” Washington Post, January 18, 2013 (2:00 PM). Fredrick Harris is a professor of…


Reflections on the struggle for justice and the rule of law: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama, and President Jimmy Carter

There was an article in the Washington Post recently that suggested that Barack Obama plans to draw the maximum mileage out of the coincidence that…


REPRISE: “A time to break silence”: Dr. King on the Vietnam war, and President Carter on America’s human rights violations

[This is a lengthy article. The reader may wish to read it, and listen to the recordings, in three parts.] Originally published June 27, 2012…



Muslim rage and the West: The expression of regret for the protected speech of others

“Muslim Rage”, Riots, and Criminal Attacks in Response to the Film Entitled “The Innocence of Muslims” The publication on the Internet of a  “trailer” for…