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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 »

NASA's Martian Curiosity

Aug 9, 2012 @ 3:15 PM

NASA Curiosity Rover

By Alex Wolinsky
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Journalism Twisting into New Shape

Aug 3, 2012 @ 10:22 AM

By Alex Wolinsky
News Analysis

On May 24, the Times-Picayune, which received two Pulitzers in 2006 for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina, confirmed that it would eliminate staff and drop down to three days of print publication per week, rendering New Orleans the largest city in the country without a daily newspaper. Read more »


Jul 25, 2012 @ 2:23 PM

News Analysis
By Alex Wolinsky

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Great Recession came to an end in June 2009. National output figures support this assertion, as GDP has surpassed its 2008 prerecession peak and continues to rise. Read more »

Sally Ride 1951-2012

Jul 24, 2012 @ 10:55 AM

Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut to enter space, died yesterday at the age of only 61. She had been fighting pancreatic cancer. Read more »

The Austerity Conflict

Jul 11, 2012 @ 12:12 PM

Analysis by Alex Wolinsky

Earlier this year, the Greek parliament voted to approve austerity measures in exchange for increased foreign aid in an attempt to resuscitate the country's moribund economy. Later that day, central Athens burned. Read more »

ANALYSIS: The Education Questions, Part II

May 29, 2012 @ 3:23 PM

By Pria Whitehead Read more »

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