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The rise in social intolerance

The hate-crime and incident blotter is filling so fast now, it suggests the mean side of our national character is rising. To look away from what is happening could mean…

A suicidal attraction

In 2004, filmmaker Eric Steel spent an entire year filming San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. His intention was to capture images of people killing themselves.

Ignoring a major threat

If you don't live in Washington, New York or another big city, you may think: "Even if the terrorists do strike again on American soil, my hometown and my…

A vote for Olympian modesty

It occurred to me while watching the Olympic swimming events on TV that, just as the world turns, old things have a way of coming around to dawn as new…

Another cold war…or a hot one?

The bullying and wholly disproportionate Russian response against Georgia seems aimed as much at the United States and Western Europe as protecting the rights of ethnic Russians in South Ossetia…

A history of anxiety

When a country undergoes fast and unexpected change or feels under threat, its people are subject to commit outrages. By now the list of offenses and crimes committed against immigrants…

What the Olympics tells us about China

The Beijing Olympics beginning this week will signal many good and several bad things about China.…

Mixed results for military tribunals

After years of battling to install a flawed system for dealing with terrorist detainees, the Bush administration finally got its first trial by military commission, a proceeding not seen since…

Pay it down, pay it off

I began a conversation with David Briggs in last week's column, about Americans and our staggeringly high and steadily increasing consumer debt (find it at betsysblog.com). We Americans are awash…

All talk, no action…as usual

If you were advising a friend who was unfit and lacking energy, would you tell him to diet or exercise? You'd probably suggest he do both.