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Debate Left, 9/25

It’s not just about the video By Rana Odeh “In Libya, to speak of a protest is misleading. The assault in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens died was probably a coordinated, complex undertaking by an organized militant group, perhaps in concert with al-Qaeda’s North African affiliate. It represents broader Libyan opinion no more than Anders […]

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Debate Left, 8/28

Defend Hour Early Voting Privilege By Rana Odeh “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban – read African-American – voter turnout machine.” – Doug Preisse, Franklin County Republican Party Chairman and Elections Board member I am dumbfounded by the racist, incredibly revealing comment above, made by […]

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Debate Left, 7/24

Voter ID Laws suppress oppressed voices By Rana Odeh The Brennan Center’s “Policy Brief on the Truth About ‘Voter Fraud’” challenges the ever-increasing claims of voter fraud in the U.S. and highlights that the closely analyzed 2004 election in Ohio revealed a voter fraud rate of 0.00004 percent. National Weather Service data shows that Americans […]

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Forum Left, 6/26

Austerity = Great Depression 2.0 By Rana Odeh The most common confusion surrounding the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis is the assumption that the United States is heading towards the same fiscal cliff that the 17 Eurozone countries are facing right now. The best way to understand it is to imagine that each one of the […]

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Forum Left, 6/12

It Takes More than a Tweet By Rana Odeh The victory of Republican Governor Scott Walker over Milwaukee Democrat Mayor Tom Barrett in last week’s recall election was the first time in U.S. history that a Governor survived a recall election. Walker’s triumph was also a victory for neoliberals and free market advocates across the […]

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Commentary Forum Left, 2/7/12

Dire Straits for Entertainment: A Hollywood Fiction By Rana Odeh First, let me make it clear that I do not support any copyright infringements. SOPA and PIPA are not designed to protect intellectual property rights, creativity or artists. They are simply bad laws that jeopardize freedom of expression and the openness of the internet. We […]

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Why Not Democratic Socialism?

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By Rana Odeh Can you imagine getting paid 100% of your salary for 18 months of maternity leave? What about never stressing over health care costs when you, your child, or your family members get sick? What about free college education, free childcare, and subsidized (healthy) food and housing? Does it sound too good to […]

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Commentary Forum, 12/6/11

Feed people, not squirrels By  Rana Odeh A Kettering woman is facing jail time for selling Hydrocodone, OxyContin and other prescription drugs to children in her neighborhood, on which a 14-year-old overdosed … OK, not really. Annick Richardson is, instead, facing up to 60 days in jail and a “hefty” fine for committing the crime […]

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Debate Forum Left, 11/1/11

SB5: A recipe for economic disaster By Rana Odeh What do the following things have in common? Ohio Senate Bill 5 (SB5), Governor John Kasich, the Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) -the answer is: the Koch brothers, or to be more accurate, it is “Koch […]

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Debate Forum Left, 9/20/11

For-profit prisons: More inmates = more $$ By Rana Odeh In June 2011, Governor Kasich signed a sentencing reform bill that will favor rehab over prison for non-violent offenders, and will allow inmates convicted of non-violent crimes to get out early. This reform would greatly reduce the number of inmates in Ohio’s prison system and […]

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Debate Forum Left, 8/30/11

Obama’s prosecutorial discretion: Setting our priorities straight By  Rana Odeh The Obama administration has announced a policy change in immigration that would suspend the deportation of several thousand undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to the U.S. and meet certain criteria based on the Morton Memo, which are similar to ones proposed for the DREAM […]

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Debate Forum: Left 3/1/11

The Myth of the Deficit By Rana Odeh Republican governors in Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey are attacking public service unions and blaming them for the states’ budget deficits. Limiting collective bargaining by public employees is by no means going to solve the deficit problem. State budget deficits are caused by recessions rather than collective […]

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Debate Forum: Left 2/9/11

Leave it to the people to create real change By Rana Odeh For decades, we have seen enough American and European interventions in the Middle East, and with that interference, an insurmountable amount of corruption, oppression and violence. It is time for the voice of the people in the region to be heard, and it […]

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Debate Forum Left 01/26/11

Let’s Get our Priorities Straight By Rana Odeh The obsession with reducing the national debt is often used as an excuse to cut funding to essential government programs that help support the less fortunate members of society. When conservatives threaten to not increase the national debt ceiling unless government spending is cut to 2008 levels, […]

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Debate Forum Left 01/12/11

A Working Class Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand By Rana Odeh How about we imagine for a moment what some of the characteristics of the American economy would be had we not had a strong labor movement in the beginning of the 20th century. We would probably still have a child labor economy, low safety […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]