Author Archive | Martha Shelley

A Woman of Courage: Marion Youers

Marion Youers, April 7, 1929-September 15, 2016 October 17, 1961: the French-Algerian War. 30,000-40,000 Algerian men, women, and children demonstrated in Paris against a curfew imposed on Algerians by the government. The police arrested 11,000 protestors, beat and tortured some, killed several hundred, and threw their bodies in the Seine. Marion went out that night. […]

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When Bullies Rule–and my first political rebellion

   A Gallery of Bullies: Joseph McCarthy, his chief counsel Roy Cohn, and Cohn’s client/best friend, Donald Trump When bullies rule, the fear they inspire permeates all levels of society. My first political rebellion was in 1955. I was 11 and attending junior high school in Brooklyn. The Dodgers finally won a World Series against […]

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A Different Species?

 Louis XVI in his coronation robes, 1777 Recently I heard a self-styled “futurist” predict that the super-rich would find ways, with the help of modern science, to extend their lives beyond that of ordinary humans. Even more, they would genetically engineer themselves to become a different (and presumably superior) species. I wasn’t terribly impressed. While […]

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