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[ • 25 Oct 2018 • No Comment ]
Shortly after next month’s elections we celebrate the centennial of the signing of the armistice ending World War I.   On November 11, 1918 the “Central Powers”–Germany, Bulgaria, Austro-Hungary and the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire–surrendered to the allies led by France, Great Britain, Italy and the US.    That war and the Paris Peace Conference that followed are the most consequential, defining events of the 20th Century, shaping the geopolitical world we live...


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[ • 22 Oct 2018 • No Comment ]
It’s a problem that’s never been high on his agenda. “He’s been ambivalent, muddled on sex abuse. It’s not been at the top of his priority list, ever,” said Paul Vallely, a British journalist and author of Pope Francis: The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism, a biography. Consider Chile. Nowhere has the pope tripped more than in Chile, which once had one of the highest percentages of Catholics in Latin America. Allegations there involve 167 Catholic officials and 178 victims so...


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[ • 20 Oct 2018 • No Comment ]
It’s hard to gripe with the general idea behind the Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF). The organization raises money to post bond for people who cannot afford to post their own while awaiting trial. But there seems to be a problem. One man who was freed by the fund while awaiting trial for attempted murder in North Center went on to be arrested four times in three months for battering and threatening people in Boystown. Despite being arrested repeatedly while on bond and even being ordered to...


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[ • 10 Oct 2018 • 3 Comments ]
“What goes around comes around!” So goes the commonplace unveiled threat of reprisal from an uncommonplace individual in a very uncommonplace situation. I speak, of course, of Brett Kavanaugh’s tirade against Democrats and assorted other evil-doers who had the temerity to pose hard questions and actually (gasp) oppose his nomination to the highest court in the land. Even cynical old me was somewhat shocked to find a federal judge making threats against opponents. I haven’t...


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[ • 26 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
Apart from nail-biting over whether the damaged Cubs can maintain their slim lead in National League Central, Chicagoans seem to be getting more excited about the  Feb. 26 mayoral than the national midterms. Since Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to run, some big names have been added to the dozen originals who thought they would be challenging the incumbent. The most consequential to join the fray is Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board and chair of the county Democratic party,...


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