Friday News Roundup: Pushing Past the Headlines

The headline-dominator this week is, of course, President Obama’s speech in Cairo Thursday morning. So what’s falling through the news cracks?  Some takes on Obama later but first, a slew of workplace discrimination news – lawsuits settled, new suits levied, new study findings released, new legislation passed, new complications to the AIG bailout.  Links below […]

“To speak the truth as best I can”

Have you read President Obama’s speech from Cairo this morning? “So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity…I do so recognizing that change cannot […]

Media Madness

My last health care post focused on the case of Daniel Hauser, a thirteen year-old diagnosed with life-threatening Hodgkin’s lymphoma, whose personal and familial religious convictions stood in the way of medical treatment.  In the public sphere, debate swirled around issues of medicine, religion, and children’s welfare, with the drama being accented when mother and […]

Today is Peace Tree Day!

What is that, you ask?  Peace Tree Day was inspired by the film “The Peace Tree” written and directed by Mitra Sen.  In the film Shazia, a 7 year old Muslim girl and Kylie, her Christian friend, want to celebrate each others’ festivals, Christmas and Eid. Their parents express concerns about practicing a celebration outside […]

Friday News Roundup: Whether the Embattled Scientologists?

There’s always been a lot of gossip and high-profile news around Scientology.  Some say religion, some say cult.  Brooke Shields speaks out again its ban on psychiatric medications on behalf of women with post-partum depression.  Tom Cruise jumps up and down on Oprah’s couch: is he a man in love, or is he ecstatic because […]