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Nichols: Inaugural images show our unity to the world

When I was 13 years old, I visited Washington, D.C., with my grandparents as guests in my great-aunt's home in Arlington, Va.

February 09, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: As national debt mounts, worries follow

In the 1960s, I attended a conference for academics in the State Department building in Washington, D.C. The main address was by Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who outlined a number of expensive foreign aid programs being studied for possible implementation. After his talk, he opened the floor to questions from the audience.

January 26, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Gaza conflict goes back to Isaac, Ishmael

The dispute between Israel and its Muslim neighbors is very complex and dates back about 4,000 years. According to the Bible (and parts of the Quran), Abram (later renamed Abraham) was a successful family man living around 2,000 B.C. in what is now Iraq.

January 13, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Indian-Pakistani conflict goes way back

When the 10 or more terrorists stormed into Mumbai, India, their three-day rampage was yet another outrage in a stream of wars between India and Pakistan. It follows clashes in 1947, 1965 and 1999, plus individual border incidents in the state of Kashmir, which is divided between Pakistan in the northwest and India to the southwest.

December 29, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Is true capitalism in our country doomed?

fThe question of the demise of capitalism in our country has at least three answers: Yes, maybe or no.

December 29, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Taking a firsthand view of Mexico today

In early November, I joined three friends undertaking a week's tour by bus and train to visit the Copper Canyon in Mexico.

December 15, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Race, politics no longer at odds in US

The election of Barack Obama has changed race relations in our country and maybe for other countries as well.

November 24, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: US campaign is long, dirty, expensive

The presidential campaign has lasted more than a year and a half. To me, it seems much longer. And like many Americans I am glad it ends on Nov. 4. Looking at the process, I can make some observations.

November 10, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: New president needs to communicate directly

The current economic crisis has demonstrated that we have a major disconnect between the people and our president, senators and representatives. We desperately need some leader to break out of the sound bites and spin control of statements that makes them mostly empty.

October 27, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Too much debt fueling our economic crisis

In the period right after World War II ended, I was a student at the University of Virginia. One of my most challenging teachers was a professor of economics, David McCord Wright, before he moved to teach here in Georgia. His basic lectures on the nature of the economic system of our country and the other countries of the world stayed with me.

October 13, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Nomination process offers a unique show

Perhaps the most confusing part of the presidential nomination and election process is the way the actual conventions are run.

The process starts in Iowa and New Hampshire. In Iowa, party members meet in homes or offices to cast their vote for their choice by moving to join like-minded members in one corner of the room. This vote is not secret, and other people in the room might try to argue that a member should change and join them to support their candidate.

September 29, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Some major problems await next president

The problems facing our government are not just leadership, although our political leaders do influence the way we seek answers to our problems. I think the most important sources of current problems are institutional rather than personal.

September 15, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Georgian history, culture threatened

My two visits to Georgia with students during the Cold War days do not make me an expert on that country. But I do have very fond memories of what I learned from the Georgian people I met.

August 31, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Offering thanks for a life full of blessings

The sudden death of Tim Russert has caused many people to think about the reality of death. Recently, I have been to several funerals and the one common thread in all of them was that everyone is terminal. It is ultimate equality that everybody dies, rich or poor, black or white. After death, there is no chance to listen to a person for any comment that should have been expressed before the person left us behind.

August 15, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Nichols: Traveling to Mongolia is a world away

When I announced to my friends, associates and relatives that I was going to spend two weeks in Mongolia to be present when my grandson, Mark, marries a beautiful Mongolian named Miigaa, about half of them asked where Mongolia was.

August 01, 2008 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


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