“I do my work”. He who in faith can say That simple phrase, is set upon the way To bend the will of Fortune to his will. The world makes place for him whose strength and skill Rebel at doubt and rankle at delay. The visions that hold true, the dreams that stay Are wrought […]

It’s My Life! A Doctor Has a Right to His Own Life

When I came to the United States from South Africa as a young doctor 17 years ago, I was excited. I was leaving behind an oppressive, racist regime, and I was entering a country founded on the inviolable rights of an individual to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I did not expect to […]


If you want a thing bad enough To go out and fight for it, Work day and night for it, Give up your time and your peace and your sleep for it If only desire of it Makes you quite mad enough Never to tire of it, Makes you hold all other things tawdry and […]

Death Penalty by the Numbers

This month the Justice Department released “Capital Punishment 2001,” its latest annual survey of death penalty statistics. A prowl through the data prompts a few reflections on the capital punishment debate. 1. It is striking that a controversy so large revolves around numbers so small. The death penalty is available in 38 states and the […]

World on Fire: Dangerous Democracy?

One of the cornerstones of the war on terrorism is the premise that promoting democracy is a long-run goal for creating a better world, one which will not breed so many terrorists. But a new book, “World on Fire” by Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school, argues persuasively that democracy can be positively […]

What Riyadh Buys in Washington

Previously, I contrasted two official U.S. responses to news that the Saudi ambassador’s wife possibly funded the 9/11 hijackers: The Bush administration pooh-poohed it, while leading U.S. senators expressed outrage. I argued that this difference results from a Saudi-induced “culture of corruption” that pervades the upper reaches of the executive branch but does not extend […]

Growth, Yes. Stimulus Package, no.

Now that President Bush has named his new economic team, he’s expected to turn his attention to a stimulus package. I hope not. Growth, yes. Stimulus, no. “Stimulus” implies a goose to the economy – or, more politely, the quick boost you get when you jump-start a dead battery. But this economy doesn’t need a […]

NY Times Snow Job on Recently Nominated Treasury Secretary

Newspapers are supposed to report the news — facts — so that people can use those facts when they form their opinions. But where do newspapers get facts? How do reporters know that what they are reporting is true? How do readers know? These questions are most critical in economic and business reporting, where the […]

The New York Times: “All the News that’s Fit to Print”–Not

Ever wondered what goes on inside the editorial department of the New York Times? Here is what professor Anne Bayefsky faced when the New York Times accepted her piece “The UN Human Rights Agenda: A Strategy of Diversion.”–CM Author’s Note: [“The UN Human Rights Agenda: A Strategy of Diversion“] was originally submitted and accepted by […]

The UN Human Rights Agenda: A Strategy of Diversion

[Originally this article was supposed to be published in The New York Times. Read what the author went through once the Times “accepted” it.–CM]Every year over 100,000 people write letters about human rights violations which begin “Dear Mr. UN Secretary General” and “Dear UN High Commissioner for Human Rights”. Some of these letters complain about […]

Peace on Earth — and Its Price

This year, more than most, many people are choosing to spend their Christmas by searching for a haven of peace and tranquility in their homes and families. But we have not been able to do so without a few reminders of the value and the cost of that peace. I have been struck this year […]