Archive for ‘Joleen Ngoriakl’

November 19, 2010

A Nation Paddling Backwards: We are not factories!

By Joleen Ngoriakl

Over the age of 80 and confined to a nursing home, Margaret Sanger learned of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Griswold v. Connecticut; where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Connecticut law that prohibits contraceptives to be unconstitutional. This was year 1965, fifty-two years after Sanger witnessed a young patient die painfully from an “all-too-common” illegal abortion. From then on she devoted her life to reproductive rights and freedom to women, young and old.

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November 6, 2010

Our Uncle’s Midterm Election and Us

By Joleen Ngoriakl

“Two years ago his vision inspired voters. Today the same man often sounds strangely bloodless. Back then his cool, self-assured composure impressed many, now the same character comes across as cold, arrogant, even elitist;” reports Süddeutsche Zeitung, a center-left German daily newspaper. Who wouldn’t? What president would not come across as “cold, arrogant, even elitist” after a cumbersome midterm election result (with the Republicans taking the House majority and governorships around the U.S., although not the Senate)?  The fact of the matter is the U.S.’s midterm election results are not just about America! As the world scuffles to climb out of the Great Recession (that began in the good ol’ U.S. of A), America is needed more than ever as the hegemonic power (that’s if it manages to stay in power) to make united and decisive decisions that can shape the global economy. This is not likely now that Washington will be divided; the Democrats pushing for state-led solutions while the Republicans/Tea Party push for a small government with less federal spending. In other words, a gridlocked Washington is in the forecast. This paralysis is probably what President Obama dreads.

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