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Only one State Department official has resigned in protest over our war in Afghanistan: MATTHEW HOH. Now he has been awarded The Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling. At a time when Afghanistan was still looked at as the “good war,” Hoh came forward, publicly and at great personal risk, to challenge the war’s fundamental rationale. His passionate and informed letter of resignation lit a spark and was, for many, a crucial argument against our war in Afghanistan.
Also: “SAVING STATE U.”: NANCY FOLBRE says public universities and colleges need a commitment to “an economic system that nurtures hope, curiosity and confidence in the future citizens of our country.” Nancy is a staff economist with the Center for Popular Economics; she teaches economics at UMass Amherst, and she writes for the New York Times Economix blog, where she wrote recently about “The World’s Best Countries for Women.” She also won a MacArthur “genius” award.