The Commonwealth Blog


Not a blessing in disguise

Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:14 AM

By Mehroz Baig

“They really suffer in silence,” said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón at a recent program at The Commonwealth Club. He was referring to victims of the most recent crime wave to hit San Francisco: blessing scams. Especially targeting older, Asian, Cantonese-speaking women, the scam came to the police and district attorney’s attention approximately a year and a half ago. Read more »

Guest post: What the Fourth of July means

Jul 8, 2013 @ 12:31 PM

By Joseph Ellis

The awkward truth is that not much happened on July 4, 1776. History is almost always messier than we remember, and both the popular play, "1776," and John Trumbull's iconic painting, "The Declaration of Independence," reinforce several popular misconceptions. Read more »

Dancing on the edge of tyranny

Jul 3, 2013 @ 1:40 PM

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Dancing on the edge of tyranny

Jul 3, 2013 @ 1:37 PM
Dancing on the edge of tyranny

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What's Happening in Egypt?

Jul 2, 2013 @ 1:47 PM

EGYPT ON THE EDGE: Egypt's military has presented an ultimatum to the country's president. What happens next? He has a Wednesday deadline, and the military has leaked a plan that would suspend the constitution and the legislature.

What do you think will happen? How should that country resolve its fundamental problems? Read more »

Commonwealth Club Thought Leaders on Prop 8

Jun 27, 2013 @ 2:08 PM

By Mehroz Baig

Over the past few years, The Commonwealth Club of California has hosted a number of experts who’ve discussed Prop 8 and its repercussions. Take a look at what they had to say and what they predicted as Prop 8 made its way up to the Supreme Court:

• Retired Chief U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California Vaughn Walker, who first struck down Prop 8 in California. He spoke at the Club in April 2012, after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his earlier decision. Read more »

Bob Kraft, Vladimir Putin, David Brooks & the "Stolen" Super Bowl Ring

Jun 17, 2013 @ 9:17 AM

The story of whether or not Russian leader Vladimir Putin stole the Super Bowl ring of New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft has generated cross-continental political controversy. The Russian prime minister, for his part, has denied he stole the ring.The Commonwealth magazine Read more »

Google, PRISM, and Privacy

Jun 11, 2013 @ 2:22 PM

ERic SchmidtPHOTO: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Photo by Bryan Hewitt. Read more »

Elder Abuse and Technology

Jun 6, 2013 @ 2:45 PM

By Mehroz Baig, Butler Koshland Fellow, Commonwealth Club Read more »

Time to Go into Syria? America's Options

May 10, 2013 @ 11:08 AM

By Mehroz Baig

“Syria is a dangerous neglect by the United States,” cautioned Vali Nasr during his talk at the Club on May 1. “It’s a country that will impact the entire region.” Nasr said that the United States has other options in Syria besides a military presence. For example, the United States can also arm the opposition and take the lead in addressing the growing humanitarian crisis in and around Syria. Read more »

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