Author: Angela Morabito

Obama Grants Foreign Aid to Countries That Use Child Soldiers

There are two scandals here. The first is that President Obama has reversed a Bush-era ban on military aid to countries that use child soldiers, so now your tax dollars can now be used to pay for guns for enslaved children. The second is that the major news outlets have been silent about it. In a memo issued by the president, he says: “Pursuant to section 404 of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA) (title IV, Public Law 110-457), I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application...

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Girl Talk

Like sixth graders at their very first middle school dance, politicians just don’t know how to talk to girls. They also dance awkwardly, and generally require chaperones… But I digress. There has been so much talk this election cycle about “women voters,” as if we are some new group of people who just showed up. As if we are completely new and different and need special advertisements for us and speeches about us. Is it flattering? It’s pandering. And it’s not working. The party of “yes we can” is telling us “no you can’t, not without our help.” There’s...

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House Rules in an Unruly Neighborhood

Embassies and consulates work like American “houses” on foreign soil. The rule for Embassies under international law is “my house, my rules.” That’s why eighteen year olds can drink legally at some of the European embassies in America. That’s why, during the Cold War, people in foreign countries used to flock to their local “Amerikahaus.” In those Amerikahauses, under American law, they could access media banned by their own governments and speak freely without fear of persecution. The American diplomatic station in Libya is a really nice house in a very dangerous neighborhood. We stay in this dangerous neighborhood...

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DNC Uses “Casting Call” for Speakers and Engineers Audience Demographics

The Republican and Democratic National Conventions are nothing but elaborate media performances. These conventions are each candidate’s best chance to tell their story on their own terms, without interference from each respective opposite side. Everyone shows up at the convention already knowing who the nominee will be. There are few surprises here (save for Clint Eastwood talking to a chair). Each convention is a red, white, and blue debutante ball– an outdated tradition, perhaps, but certainly still pretty to watch. Last week, I had the privilege of attending the RNC in Tampa. During the last night of the convention,...

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