(Originally Published in the UCC Express in February 2012)
It’s somewhat difficult to believe that Barrack Obama won the U.S presidential election in November of 2008. This difficulty arises because it seems as if it was just yesterday that it happened. Time has a nasty habit of doing that; passing by at a rate so fast that the next thing you know, there’s another election looming. Obama personified hope during the 2008 election campaign and he marketed it as such, as that’s what the U.S presidential elections boil down to: marketing. Everyone believed in this concept called “change” that he promised he would bring to the U.S political landscape. His followers were fanatical in their devotion with “Yes We Can” becoming their mantra, which if they repeated often enough, would ensure that the opponents of their idol were crushed. Well now, just over three years later, there appears to be another man who has captured the collective imagination of the voters across the Atlantic. The man in question is of course, Ron Paul.
In the recent study “The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy”, two distinguished political science professors charge that the United States has willingly set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of Israel. In addition the study accuses the pro-Israeli lobby, particularly AIPAC of manipulating the U.S. media, policing academia and silencing critics of Israel by labeling them as anti-Semitic.
(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in March 2010)
In my previous article, here, I discussed the approach to religious education in Ireland and the various problems, failings of the system that is currently in place and how it is currently changing. In this week’s follow on article, I will be discussing the same things but this time my attention is focused on America.
The American Dream?
In the United States, there is no religious instruction whatsoever within the public education system. Whilst this has been the norm for many years, there are certain religious organisations who have been challenging this in recent years, however, I digress.
(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in February 2010)
Over the last few weeks I have been asking myself if I am really living in Ireland. The norm over the last decade was to ignore “minor indiscretions” that may have taken place. That, thankfully, seems to be changing. It seems that in the midst of an economic downturn, sins committed long ago are now coming to light on a regular basis. This applies to no other person or group more aptly than the Catholic Church.