The Poor Penniless Penny

What is America’s obsession with the penny? Quoting a study from 1976, the US Mint suggested that the humble penny is the “most widely used denomination in circulation.” Even more bizarre, the one cent coin  requires nearly 2.5 cents in raw materials. A penny saved is now a penny and half of your tax dollarsContinue reading “The Poor Penniless Penny”

The (Unresolved) Clash of Cultures: What Peru can learned from the “Party Politics” of Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Tragedy Like so many geographic names, the origin of the word “Chicago” is Native American. These first Chicagoans named the area: “shikaakwa” or “Stinky Onion.” Not the most ostentatious of names, but a very accurate description of the plant life that continues to line the banksContinue reading “The (Unresolved) Clash of Cultures: What Peru can learned from the “Party Politics” of Wounded Knee”

Where Should We Plant the Canadian Flag?

The Supreme Court just confirmed the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) individual mandate. This provision requires all uninsured Americans to enroll in health insurance or pay a tax penalty. For those who could not afford insurance, the Act was also to expand Medicaid. This second provision was adjusted but notContinue reading “Where Should We Plant the Canadian Flag?”

Rio Redbull, Now at Macy’s

As part of Macy’s “Brasil” summer marketing campaign, the former Marshall Fields superstore has added some fun extras to their usual inventory. In addition to Brazilian themed clothes, there are music CDs with killer beats (my personal favorite song was not there), snacks, and even a soda from our southern neighbors, Guarana Antarctica.  According toContinue reading “Rio Redbull, Now at Macy’s”

Lessons for Wisconsin from the Southern Tiger

I have introduced a new section to the site that is devoted to book reviews. Like everything else on GlobalChicago, the focus is on books that contain both a local element and an international joie de vie. The first book is The Southern Tiger an autobiography of former Chilean anti-Pinochet activist turned president, Ricardo Lagos. It is aContinue reading “Lessons for Wisconsin from the Southern Tiger”

Chicago NATO Summit Success: Inside and Out

The Chicago NATO Summit is over. The leaders of over fifty countries have left for home. However, this event has left an indelible mark on NATO and the city itself. Inside the halls of McCormick Place, a clearer security picture of Afghanistan came into view. We already knew a few things. Washington has long saidContinue reading “Chicago NATO Summit Success: Inside and Out”

NATO Highlights Day One

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen spoke with the media following the Summit’s first meeting of the heads of state. Syria: “NATO has no intention to intervene in Syria.” We must assume then that NATO believes that Kofi Annan’s less than 300 monitors can manage a ceasefire in a country almost as large as Texas! Turkey mustContinue reading “NATO Highlights Day One”

NATO’s Here and Yes This is Great News!

Chicago: America’s Barcelona I want to address an issue I am hearing a lot about. I believe this NATO conference can make a huge impact on Chicago’s tourism and development. This is something I have studied for a long time. As an undergraduate at Northwestern, I wrote my political science honors thesis on mega-events. Admittedly,Continue reading “NATO’s Here and Yes This is Great News!”

The Facebook of NATO

Thanks to an anonymous underpaid staffer at the Sun-Times, we now have a great facebook of the leaders coming to the NATO Summit this Saturday. Did you know Zeljko Komsic, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has an average monthly net salary of just $550? How about that Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, has his photograph shown at the end of theContinue reading “The Facebook of NATO”