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Charles Ortel

Charles Ortel

Charles Ortel became a lapsed member of the silent majority in August 2007 when he began alerting the public to dangers posed by structural changes in the global economy. Since then, Mr. Ortel has appeared in the print, radio and television media with increasing frequency. Brass Tacks will attempt to offer nonpartisan perspective on factors contributing to the unresolved, burgeoning crisis and discuss potential solutions. Mr. Ortel graduated from Horace Mann School, Yale College and Harvard Business School. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Fyodor Andreyev, president of the Alrosa diamond mining company in the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Putin on Wednesday ordered massive exercises involving most of its military units in western Russia amid tensions in Ukraine. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Metzel, Presidential Press Service)

ORTEL: A czar rises in Russia, as Putin humiliates Obama

While Americans fawned over Hollywood stars on Oscar night, Vladimir Putin executed a bold plan to return Ukraine to Russia's fold, defying President Obama, the U.S. and our enfeebled Western alliance.

Trader Peter Tuchman rests his handheld device on his head as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Stocks fell sharply in early trading Friday, as investors fretted over disappointing earnings from companies like and more trouble in overseas markets. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

ORTEL: We are all 'wounded warriors'

Last week, steep declines in currency credit and stock market values made for the worst January stocks report since 2010.

A specialist works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. U.S. stocks are falling broadly in morning trading Thursday as investors weigh some disappointing earnings from U.S. companies and a survey from China suggesting the manufacturing sector of the world's second-largest economy is headed for a contraction. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

ORTEL: Selling a fake economic recovery

Beyond Wall Street and Washington, the overwhelming majority of Americans do not buy the story that the nation's economy has been repaired. Both political parties offer tales of progress, but we find ourselves asking, "If this is progress, why does progress feel so wrong?"