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Tourist Eyes

June 7th, 2010 by Madeleine Kunin

For two weeks my husband and I traveled to London, Paris, Zurich and Bern—familiar haunts where one can drink water from the tap.

Coalition Government

May 20th, 2010 by Madeleine Kunin

Four days in London after the recent election of David Cameron, the Conservative, and Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat, and every taxi driver in London was eager to talk about it.

Verdi’s Requiem

May 5th, 2010 by Madeleine Kunin

Sixty-six years ago, Verdi’s Requiem was performed in the Teresienstadt Nazi concentration camp outside of Prague, Czechoslovakia. On May 1, it was performed by the Vermont Symphony orchestra and chorus, directed by Robert De Cormier at the Flynn theatre in Burlington, Vermont.

Gays in the Military

February 9th, 2010 by Madeleine Kunin

We’ve come a long way in the sixteen years since the policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” was adopted to deal with the question of gay and lesbian members of the military.

This time, advocacy for repeal did not come from any outside group; it came from the apex of the military establishment itself.

The Supreme Court and Corporate Electioneering

January 26th, 2010 by Madeleine Kunin

The Supreme Court decision which will allow unfettered campaign contributions from corporations and unions poses a threat to the very workings of our democracy.

In the Wake of Massachusetts

January 20th, 2010 by Madeleine Kunin

A political earthquake hit Massachusetts last night. The tectonic plates of the Democratic Party shifted with the election of Republican Scott Brown to the United States Senate and left untold amounts of debris in its wake.

Greeting the New Year

January 6th, 2010 by Madeleine Kunin

This time of year we automatically say "Happy New Year" to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers, days after the champagne corks have popped and the fireworks are but a memory. It has become a standard greeting for the first days of January, partly to cheer ourselves up so we can face the rest of the winter.

Giving Obama the Benefit of the Doubt

December 3rd, 2009 by Madeleine Kunin

The sea of gray uniformed, black collared West Point cadets that faced President Barack Obama last night sent a mixed message. These were the crème de la crème of the military. Their bright young faces, which included a sprinkling of women and minorities, exhibited pride and preparedness. They were ready to follow their commander in chief wherever he would send them.

Gray Days of November

November 18th, 2009 by Madeleine Kunin

If months were marked by colors, November in New England would be colored gray.

Lessons on Birth Control from Afghanistan

November 17th, 2009 by Madeleine Kunin

Some 536,000 women die in pregnancy, according to the World Health Organization. That figure has not changed in 30 years, even as child mortality rates have been reduced.