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Israel rewrites history on the fly

BY SAREE MAKDISI: Time and time again, Israel vainly attempts to reverse the relationship of cause and effect in the conflict with Palestinians, distorting and denying reality.

Why are campus administrators making so much money?

BY LAWRENCE WITTNER: The soaring salaries of university presidents and other top managers is matched only by their soaring numbers.

Don’t demonize video games for violence

BY MARY FLANAGAN: The popular media incriminate video games as a broad category that merely teaches violence. Video games are far more than violent, and many can be as harmless as a toy gun.

Hamas’ triumph

Hamas, with perhaps unwitting help from President Barack Obama, is achieving its war aim: to legitimize Islamic supremacism and Jew-hatred, and take it global. Jews are no longer safe in Europe or even in some places in the U.S. Who now recalls that when Hamas …

Blame tax code if Walgreens exits

BY REP. BRAD SCHNEIDER: More and more companies are considering moving their headquarters outside the United States to take advantage of lower corporate tax rates. The U.S. tax code is woefully outdated,

World’s most powerful men looking weak

Search the phrase “the most powerful man in the world” and what comes up are photos of grotesquely over-developed weightlifters; also Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin. Awfully ironic under present circumstances. It’s a cant term TV news anchors use to describe U.S. presidents, enhancing their …

What’s different in Israel this time

BY LISA GOLDMAN: While Israel’s third military assault in Gaza in less than six years can feel a bit like a macabre version of Groundhog Day, this time is different and more disturbing than the last. It is cause for grave concern.

Walgreens: The tax-dodger on the corner

BY EUGENE LIM: Walgreens, if we let it, will become the latest in a string of companies to move its corporate address to an overseas tax haven. It also will become one of the most shameless exploiters of this tax dodge, given that nearly a quarter of the company’s revenues come from Medicare and Medicaid.

Overcoming odds in poor schools requires a personal touch

BY RANA KHAN: Many of us take for granted the comforts of our everyday lives. No wonder it’s difficult for most people to imagine what the children in my class confront daily; poverty, violent neighborhoods, hunger and transiency. As difficult as their reality is, what offends me as a teacher is when they are told, either explicitly or implicitly, that their environment makes it impossible for them to learn.  

Where are the voices of Gaza’s victims?

BY DEANNA OTHMAN: Anchors on CNN and MSNBC tout Israel as raising the standards of moral warfare, praising it for giving families 58-second warnings before demolishing their homes, reducing these people to stereotypes, equating all with Hamas — denying their humanity.

The criminal in the Kremlin

The bodies of 298 passengers and crew of Malaysia Air Flight 17, 80 of them children, lie unburied in a Ukrainian field while Vladimir Putin’s men fire their weapons into the air to keep international investigators from approaching the site. Yes, “Putin’s men.” Calling them …

CSU’s anti-bullying policy is not anti-First Amendment

BY WAYNE D. WATSON. Chicago State University recently took significant steps to protect students and employees on campus by adopting an anti-bullying policy. In response, two faculty members filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the policy is “aimed at squelching criticism” and that their First Amendment rights are somehow violated by the University’s efforts to put an end to bullying. The misleading statements in the lawsuit and in public forums deserve a response.

Good parenting alone isn’t enough to prevent violence

BY RHONDA PRESENT: Growing up, one of my favorite toys was a View-Master, a little red stereoscope into which I would load photographic reels filled with scenes from cartoons and faraway lands. Yet, somehow, the idyllic pictures I once loved have been replaced with horrific images of children dodging bullets and makeshift memorials that keep flashing over and over in my mind.

Police abuse allegations finally go public

BY CRAIG FUTTERMAN, JAMIE KALVEN, JON LOEVY AND FLINT TAYLOR: We stand at a watershed in the long history of efforts to address patterns of police abuse in Chicago. On March 10, the state appellate court held in Kalven v. Chicago that documents bearing on allegations of police misconduct are public information. On July 11, the Emanuel administration announced that it will not appeal Kalven and that it has adopted a set of procedures for implementing the decision.

When academic committees play police

If one believes even a significant fraction of the horror stories in the national news media, beastly male behavior has become almost epidemic on American college campuses. Tales of drunken sexual assaults and worse multiply from sea to shining sea. Even the Obama administration is …

How illness shaped a writer’s life

BY HARRY MARK PETRAKIS. Illness came in my 11th year like a thief in the night, intent upon stealing my life. The only hint of a serious affliction was a daily weariness that had me needing to rest after school.The doctor’s X-rays revealed tubercular lesions on my lungs. In the following months, I began to read as soon as I awoke, and I read through the day.

Global warming threatens Chicago tourism

BY HOLLY AGRA: Millions of tourists and residents enjoy the wide variety of activities that Chicago offers. These industries are of great importance to the economy. As president of a tour boat company in Chicago, recent experience has me concerned that a fluctuating economy is not the only danger to my business. Climate change has brought Chicago unpredictable and increasingly extreme weather.