Gary Olson

Gary Olson, Ph.D. Is chair of the Political Science Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Contact: olson@moravian.edu

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 12:30pm
CIA Torture and the Imperialist Toolbox
Last August, our Nobel Peace Laureate, President Barack Obama, admitted that “we tortured some folks,” but then added, this is “not who we are.” At best, his statement was a half-truth. First, it’s not “some” folks but massive numbers over a long and sordid history. State-sponsored torture has been...
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 6:30am
Israeli Settlements Doom Two-State Solution
The occupied West Bank recently witnessed the biggest land grab in its 30-year history when Israel seized 990 acres belonging to five Palestinian villages to build 5,000 new housing units. Writing in Ha’aretz , Israel’s oldest newspaper, journalist Amira Hess called this latest annexation nothing...
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Friday, June 20, 2014 - 7:00am
Want to Prevent PTSD? End Unbridled US Militarism
Because my 33​-​year-old father was on the verge of embarking for Europe and the allied invasion of Italy, my birth certificate reads: U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia. When he finally returned, PFC Lee Olson's decorations included a Purple Heart Medal for ​​shrapnel wounds suffered from a...
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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:43pm
Profiting from Climate Change
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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 1:56pm
Sadness and Anger at the 9/11 Memorial
I recently visited the new, but still unfinished, 9/11 Memorial in New York City to remember Noel Foster, my former student and
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Friday, January 28, 2011 - 9:54am
Washington's Egyptian Nightmare
As I watch events unfolding on the streets of Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt and elsewere in the region I'm reminded of a summer I spent in Egypt studying Arabic language and Middle East politics at The American University in Cairo. For a time I was booked into the upscale Shepheard Hotel (on the Fulbright Commission's dime) on the banks of the Nile in downtown Cairo. Over the course of several weeks I came to know Mohammed, my regular breakfast server, and learned that he had a Ph.D.
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Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 10:08am
Obama’s First Nine Months: Change We Can Believe In?
In the 2009 film The Messenger, we follow two officers from the Casualty Notification Office from Fort Dix, New Jersey as they knock on doors to inform relatives of loved ones recently killed in action in Iraq. These scenes are almost unbearable to watch as we witness the reactions to this heartbreaking news. It struck me that these emotionally affecting scenes on screen are as as close as most of us get to the grim reality of war.
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Monday, March 30, 2009 - 10:45am
Populist Anger Has a Role in Shaping Economy
Given what we've learned about the economic crisis, faith in free market fundamentalism -- that the unfettered market will magically solve our problems -- should be as dead as Monty Python's parrot. Even France's conservative president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has proclaimed "Laissez-faire, c'est fini" (Laissez-faire is finished). But where does this leave us?
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Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 12:04pm
Capitalism Short Circuits Our Moral Hard-Wiring
In a recent New Yorker piece, Naomi Klein astutely observes that "The crash on Wall Street should be for Friedmanism what the fall of the Berlin Wall was for authoritarian Communism, an indictment of an ideology." One hopes so. The financial system's collapse in 2008 offers a rare opportunity to question certain underlying assumptions about our state capitalist economy and its neoliberal ideology.
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Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 3:11pm
The Emotional Power of Photography: From the Civil Rights Movement to Iraq, How Empathy Can Impact Change
In his recent book, The Slave Ship , maritime historian Marcus Rediker documents the role played by emotional and especially visual appeals in ending the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
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