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Legislating “Genocide” in Armenia — What Can Congress Possibly Be Thinking? Print Email
March 2010
Bill Marmon   

Once again the US Congress is mystifying the world and seriously muddying US-Turkey relations by trying to pass a resolution declaring that it was “genocide” when over a million Armenians were massacred in 1915 by Ottoman Turks. The proposed U.S. measure was passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in early March.

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A Post-Racial America? New Optimism Among African-Americans Print Email
January 2010

Substantial Shift in Attitude Reflects Cumulative Reforms, Pollsters Say -- Not Just Obama Effect

African-Americans have become remarkably more upbeat about their personal prospects, according to a major national poll conducted at the end of President Barack Obama’s first year in office.

Fifty-three percent of African-Americans say life for their community is improving while only 10 percent predicted things getting worse. As recently as 2007, polls of the African-American community showed that 44 percent said things would get better and 21 percent expressed pessimism – nearly double the new figure.

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Political Correctness, French Style Print Email
Fall/Winter 2006
Lauren Zoebelein   

Why the French Don’t Like Headscarves: Islam, the State and Public Space
by John R. Bowen
Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford (2007) 290 pages
Reviewed by Lauren Zoebelein

In France, questions about the assimilation – or lack of it – of the country’s large and often problematic Muslim minority are encapsulated in a debate about whether Muslim women should be allowed to wear headscarves in state schools and other public institutions. The issue erupted in 2003 when two French Muslim girls – Lilia Levy, 18, and her sister Alma, 16, – wore Islamic-style headscarves to their lycée. Such attire (not veils covering the face but partial head coverings that hide a woman’s hair) have taken on powerful symbolic and political importance in France because some Muslims have started to wear them as a sign suggesting their special feeling of Muslim identity.

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