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Dancing on the edge of tyranny

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

By Mehroz Baig Read more »

What's Happening in Egypt?

Jul 2, 2013 @ 1:47 PM

EGYPT ON THE EDGE: Egypt's military has presented 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 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 »

John Mackey and Corporate Behavior

Jan 22, 2013 @ 9:44 AM

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey touched off controversy with his recent comments on health-care reform.

Here are a collection of reports on Mackey's comments on this and other issues, including his own article on corporate behavior; and don't forget to come see him 1.22 in SF or 1.23 in Silicon Valley (links below). Read more »

San Francisco Chronicle Reports Club's New Home

Jan 4, 2013 @ 9:25 AM

Many momentous things have happened at The Commonwealth Club. FDR gave his New Deal speech here. Teddy Roosevelt first laid out his rationale for public lands here. Dan Quayle gave his controversial "Murphy Brown Speech" on our stage. And thousands of other scientists, authors, presidents, activists, business leaders, chefs, historians, clergy, journalists, inventors, futurists, comedians, and more have entertained, informed, and even provoked our audiences in our 110 years. Read more »

Secret Videos and Secret Presidential Speeches

Sep 26, 2012 @ 9:16 AM

By Amelia Cass Read more »

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