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Russia’s crumbling economy provides stiffest test yet for autocratic leader

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Obeying orders from the top, Russian television has banned the use of words such as “crisis”, “decline” and “devaluation”. Coverage of the mayhem in the country’s stock market, where shares have fallen by 75 per cent since August, is scant.

Instead, just as in Soviet times, Russians are told how bad everything is in the West. The US, Russians are told, is in irreversible decline, while desperate Britons are throwing themselves into the Thames. The Queen, facing imminent penury, has been forced to pawn her diamonds and, according to one tabloid front page, we can no longer afford to bury our dead…

On November 4, Dmitry Medvedev, the protégé Mr Putin shoehorned into his old job as president in May, announced that he would seek a constitutional amendment extending the standard term of office from two consecutive terms of four years to two terms of six.

Read on…

We Lost Studs

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

On 31 October 2008, I lost one of my heroes. I will miss Studs Terkel.

Here is a tribute from This American Life

Here is an interview with Studs from 1985

RIP Studs

Obama Makes History: JFKS Students Offer Insight

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Please enjoy these JFKS Student Editorials

The assignment, rubric and tips for editorials

Moral Dilemmas

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Here is a list of several moral dilemmas. Your “assignment” is to consider each of them carefully. We will democratically decide which of these dilemmas we want to address when we next meet.

Of course, you are coridally invited to post some food for thought in response to any of these dilemmas in the comments link at the bottom of this post.