THE PUBLIC EYE: Questioning Authority: Edward Snowden

By Bob Burnett
Friday February 07, 2014 - 09:03:00 AM

If you weren’t alive on the evening of March 8, 1971, you probably don’t understand what a big deal it was when 8 anti-war activists burglarized the Media, Pennsylvania, FBI office. As detailed in Betty Medsger’s book, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, the fallout from the break-in changed the way Americans view the FBI. Moreover, the Media burglars set the stage for Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency. -more-

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE: Sudan: Colonialism’s Dead hand

By Conn Hallinan
Friday February 07, 2014 - 09:22:00 AM

Hopefully the recent ceasefire agreement between the warring parties in South Sudan will halt that country’s downward spiral into civil war. But if it does it will have to buck the convergence of two powerful historical streams: a legacy of colonial manipulation dating back more than a hundred years, and the current policies of the U.S. vis-à-vis the African continent. -more-

SENIOR POWER: Staying connected

By Helen Rippier Wheeler,
Friday February 07, 2014 - 10:20:00 AM

“PC” refers to “personal computer.” Most PC users have access to 3 things: the Internet; a word processor (e.g. “WORD”;) and email capability (e.g."Becky”). About half of Americans age 65+ use the Internet, but societal dependence on digital technology threatens to leave behind those who do not, cannot, or will not go online. -more-

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Using Diet to Compensate for Metabolic Medication Side Effects

By Jack Bragen
Friday February 07, 2014 - 10:17:00 AM

Bulimia and anorexia are awful diseases that are not the fault of the person who suffers with them. The suggestions in this week's column do not apply to people with any eating disorder, and these suggestions should not be considered medical advice. If you are having a problem, please seek professional help. -more-