Tag Archives: Tunisia

Still America

The teenaged girl did not want to attend the Democratic mayoral caucus with me, but I didn’t give her a choice. Burlington will hold a mayoral election the first Tuesday of March, town meeting day.  Four candidates put themselves forward for the Democratic nomination.  Vermont caucuses and primaries are open to all registered voters in [...]

Mafia States

This week’s paper edition of Newsweek (I can’t find it online) has a story about Tunisia and carries this subhead: “Ben Ali’s fall has exposed the rotten truth of every regime in the Arab world: they’re all, in effect, mafia states, each operating as a lucrative family business.” Pretty harsh, but a) probably true b) [...]