Huck Gutman

Huck Gutman, a professor at the University of Vermont, was formerly Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

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Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Thinking the Unthinkable
All a poet can do today is warn. — Wilfred Owen, 1918
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Thursday, October 25, 2001
The Aftermath of Terror
Many are the commentaries on the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre, the global response, the bombing of Afghanistan. Of them all, the most trenchant comes not from a columnist but from a political figure, Fidel Castro, the president of Cuba.
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Monday, September 24, 2001
Changing US view of Pakistan
In these difficult days, when the roads ahead are unclear, one writes with a sense of great humility. Even the past, to an American observer such as myself, is neither so clear or certain as it should be.
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Friday, September 21, 2001
Crash Course in Global Relations
AT a time when many are in despair, there is a new ray of hope. The US President has gone back to school. What George W Bush underwent this weekend at Camp David would be the envy of Harvard or Yale, for without doubt he learned more there than most college students learn in a year. Crisis is sometimes a strong motivation, pressure a good teacher.
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Saturday, September 15, 2001
An American Tragedy
A stunned United States, transfixed by images of horror and tragedy, has entered a new era. I write on the day following that tragedy from a country in which, to echo the poet William Butler Yeats, all has "changed, changed utterly." For there is no question that on Tuesday, September 11, America changed, although in which particular directions we do not yet know. What occurred to galvanize that change? I quote the lead story in the September 12 New York Times:
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Saturday, September 08, 2001
Bush's Stem Cell Policy: A Biological Confidence Game
On the streets of America's larger cities small-time scoundrels used to play a game called 'three-card monte.' The game used three cards, one an ace. The cards were displayed face up to onlookers, then turned downwards and shifted around. After a short period of such shifting, onlookers were asked to point out the ace.
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Monday, August 20, 2001
Changes of Historic Magnitude
THIRTY years ago American novelist Norman Mailer lyrically described that subtle moment when day slides into night: "And the afternoon takes a turn and is different having just passed through one of those unseen locks of the day, everything is altered, not saying how." His words might serve as the rubric for what has been happening on the international scene in the past several weeks. Two major changes may have been set in motion, one recognized, the other less so.
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Wednesday, January 03, 2001
Immigrants Angst
10 December was International Human Rights Day. There was little recognition of this fact in the USA or in much of the world. Six months ago, I wrote about the overwhelming fact of migration: how the tide of human movement across national borders has been the major unacknowledged reality of the 20th century. Sohinee Roy, a former student of mine at Jadavpur University, wrote me a letter in response. It was so moving that I think it fit to address it here, in the same public forum that occasioned it.
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