Christopher Moraff

Christopher Moraff covers national politics, social justice and consumer issues for a number of publications. He writes a weekly column for Philadelphia magazine's blog “The Philly Post” and is a contributing writer for In These Times, where he serves on the Board of Editors.

 

Recent Articles

Safety First

On March 13, Kim Witczak stood before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and recounted the death of her husband, Tim.

Known to his friends as Woody, Witczak hung himself from the rafters of the couple's Minneapolis garage in 2003 just five weeks after being prescribed Zoloft by his family physician. He was 37 years old. According to his wife, Woody was given the drug for insomnia and had no history of mental illness or depression.

"From the beginning," she testified, "something didn't add up about Woody's death."

Star Wars

Timing is everything. The Bush administration declassified the text of its new National Space Policy on October 6, 2006, just a week before the topic of preventing a space arms race was scheduled to come up before the United Nations. The document the White House unveiled marked the first time in nearly ten years that the U.S. government has updated its official space policy. It makes homeland security a primary component of the new strategy. Another cornerstone: complete rejection of the international consensus on the use of space.

Along Came a Spider

When representatives from more than 100 nations gathered in Geneva late last month to celebrate a decade of international cooperation to rid the world of landmines, the United States was conspicuously absent. Indeed, the United States has always opposed those international efforts -- and it is now on the cusp of actively reviving its own use of landmines.

Spills of War

For the past four weeks a mass of black sludge composed of between 15,000 and 35,000 tons of medium/heavy grade oil has been creeping unhampered up the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon. International environmental groups are calling the mid-July destruction of Beirut's Jiyyeh Power Plant -- and the massive oil spill that resulted -- one of the worst environmental crises in the region's history.

Let's Play Monopoly

A few weeks after announcing a renewed push to loosen broadcast ownership restrictions, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) met yesterday in Washington to seal Time Warner and Comcast's acquisition of Adelphia Cable. Meanwhile, some 2,000 miles away in Sun Valley, Idaho, Time Warner's Chief Executive Officer Richard Parsons joined representatives of the media elite for a little whitewater rafting, skeet shooting, and empire building.

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