(Published November 16, 2016 in The Huffington Post)  No hope for a progressive administration, courtesy of the holier-than-thou Left. No, it wasn’t the rise of the disaffected white workers in the Midwest Iron Belt that put Donald Trump in the White House. Not by a long shot. No, the driving force that kept Hillary Clinton […]

(Appeared May 27, 2016 in The Huffington Post) The racially charged December 10, 1969 editorial of the Peoria Journal Star that describes Black Panther leaders and members as “ex-convicts, jobless, and not overly bright.” In our continuing discussion over police tactics used to control and often oppress minority communities throughout the nation, more than a […]

(Published on March 29, 2016 in The Huffington Post) The Oregonian photo page from May 10, 1942 somehow, someway found smiling young internees effortlessly going about their daily lives behind barb wire and armed soldiers. A year later, President Roosevelt appointed the paper’s editor and publisher Edwin Palmer Hoyt as director of the Domestic Branch […]

(Published on July 27, 2014 as a guest commentary in The Oregonian. Generated 589 online responses.) The following day, I appeared in studio on the Lars Larson radio show: Tuesday was one of those days that remind me why I’m proud to call Portland home. A handful of local nonprofit advocates led by the Portland […]

  I wrote the following article back in 2000 during the Second Intifada. I try to provide some historical background to the conflict then, and not much really has changed. Except the body counts. The video here was my impromptu public address just before Obama took office for his first term. Again, not much has […]

(Published October 2, 2013, Blueoregon.com) September’s passing has witnessed yet another unrecognized anniversary of our city’s landmark episode of wholesale ethnic cleansing which remains unequaled in Portland history. September 1942 saw the close of the Portland Assembly Center prison camp when every local citizen and immigrant resident of Japanese ancestry was at last forced out, […]

(Published June 2, 2013, The Guardian) I recently returned from a vacation in Iran, (why does that phrase always trigger “Holiday in Cambodia” by the Dead Kennedys in my head?) my third time there since 1998. Time spent in the Islamic Republic and other regions around the world always motivates me to question why so […]