Autiello: Will True Christianity Please Stand Up?

Nick Autiello, Contributor

The notion that homosexuality is a sin and un-Christian is one that is less than a hundred years old. It is wrong, and has no basis in scriptural or historical reality.

SASSO: The Coming New Year

James Sasso, Associate Editor

As the tumultuous 2011 comes down to its final day, this column could contain an obnoxious summary of the year’s extraordinary events. Rather than once again discussing the protests around the world, the death of Osama Bin Laden, Fukushima, America’s political ineptitude, Europe’s demise or the increasingly frightful weather patterns, here I attempt to predict what 2012 holds in store.

SASSO: Kicking the Can

James Sasso, Associate Editor

For one of the first times in his tenure as Speaker, John Boehner has made a statement with which every American, Republican or Democrat, should fully agree; the two-month Senate bipartisan extension of the payroll tax cut fails to fix the nation’s problems sufficiently. Providing a short-term band-aid to a long-term dilemma contradicts what a responsible government should accomplish, but fits the pattern of contemporary American politicking.

CIOCCI: A Foolish Consistency

Mitt Romney is guilty of serial hypocrisy, Newt Gingrich is guilty of being a public intellectual constantly scrutinized by the media and others, and Ron Paul never ceases to remind me about one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

AKMAN: Jon Huntsman’s Meaningless Campaign

Josh Akman, Columnist

Jon Huntsman did not participate in the CNN Debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. Short of his family and small (and getting smaller) campaign staff, no one really noticed. In a bizarre and counterproductive effort to impress New Hampshire voters Huntsman skipped the debate to protest Nevada moving its caucus ahead of New Hampshire’s, which has always been the nation’s first primary. It’s bizarre because no one else skipped the debate. It’s counterproductive because right now, Jon Huntsman is polling 6% in New Hampshire.

SASSO: The 99% Rising

James Sasso

Associate Editor

For the past month a movement has grown out of Zuccoti Park in New York with the potential to grab at the very heart of America’s problems. “We are the 99%” is not simply a catchy phrase used by frustrated jobless Americans , but a commentary on the disgraceful economic inequality that has arisen in the United States since the 1970s.

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SIEG: Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark

Emily Sieg, Columnist

Denmark’s reinstatement of permanent border controls with Germany and Sweden on July 5th leaves one to wonder whether the Danish decision to walk to the beat of its own drum on border issues will precipitate a discordant shift in the European project. Among the turbulence of economic and monetary crises, political harmony among the member states of the European Union has rarely been so vital.

SIEG: The Return of a Career Politician

Emily Sieg, Columnist — in Germany

A recap of the drama surrounding the election of Germany’s new president, Christian Wulff. What does this leadership change mean for Germany and the coalition government?

SIEG: Tragicomedy in the Gulf

Emily Sieg, Columnist

The greatest environmental fiasco in American history has quickly turned into a joke. And whether you love, hate, or would rather just ignore President Obama, it is clear he is handling the oil spill no better than the BP executives.

SIEG: Replacing an Economist

Emily Sieg, Columnist – in Germany

Trouble in the coalition: Can Chancellor Merkel pull together the necessary majority for fellow-CDU candidate Wulff, or shall the opposition successfully elect Gauck to the German presidency?

SIEG: Resignation of an Economist

Emily Sieg – in Berlin

Unable to weather the political tempest, former President Horst Köhler of Germany officially left office last night after facing heavy criticism. [Part 1 of an ongoing series on the future of the German presidency.]

SIEG & WALK: Til a Visa Do Us Part

Michele Walk, Associate Editor
Emily Sieg, International Correspondent

A disturbing number of poor Eastern European women are being exploited in so-called “Schengen Marriages” in the EU. The proliferation of this practice brings yet more hesitation when considering the accession of developing nations, namely Turkey.

SIEG: Greek Debt and the Ever-Present German Question

Emily Sieg, Social Democrat

When viewing Europe from across the Atlantic, it is easy to smirk at the fumbling of the European Union in reaction to Greece’s financial problems. But supporting the restructuring of the Greek economy and restoring confidence in Greek bonds is not really about Greece – it is about the European Union.

SIEG: The Rising Right…in the Land of Tulips?

Emily Sieg, Social Democrat

The recent local elections in the Netherlands, the rise of Geert Wilders and the right to the Freedom of Speech.

SIEG: Germany: Israel’s Staunchest European Ally?

Emily Sieg, Social Democrat

An analysis of German-Israeli relations after their joint-cabinet meeting in Berlin on the topic of Iran.

SIEG: Not Quite a President: Herman van Rompuy

Emily Sieg, Social Democrat

Herman van Rompuy, the petite Belgian, is a true guinea pig as the European Union continues to define the terms of a presidency.

SIEG: Immigration in the EU

Emily Sieg notes the state of immigration in the European Union.

SIEG: How Democratic Is the EU?

Emily Sieg, Staff Writer Ideology: Social Democrat | Writing From: Washington, DC In the wake of World War II and in response to Cold War tensions, major European governments came [...]

SIEG: Overcoming Path Dependence in Healthcare

Emily Sieg, Staff Writer Ideology: Social Democrat | Writing From: Washington, DC The long and tumultuous strive for  healthcare reform in the United States could prove one of the greatest [...]

SIEG: Why The Wall Came Down

No single person or idea brought down the USSR.

SIEG: The Big, The Small and The Efficient

A look into the British political arena and the proposed policies of the Tories. Does small government necessarily mean efficiency?

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