Jan 24, 2011

The straw that broke the president's back

NEW YORK — The collapse of former Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s government was a crisis waiting to happen. Those that watched the corruption and ruthlessness of the regime knew that sooner or later the situation would explode. And WikiLeaks may have provided ...

Jan 16, 2011

Cuba lifts lung-cancer care with vaccine

NEW YORK — Cuba’s announcement that its scientists have developed a vaccine to improve the lives of lung-cancer patients is reason for optimism. Cautious optimism is in order, though, since previous claims have been made before by several scientists in dealing with this disease ...

Dec 23, 2010

Palestinian kids versus the IDF

NEW YORK — The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) is among the strongest armies in the world. According to Israeli Defense Minister Ehuda Barak, it is also one the most moral ones. One wouldn’t know that for its treatment of Palestinian children. On Dec. 13, ...

Dec 7, 2010

U.S. remains delinquent on landmine treaty

NEW YORK — “I heard a thundering sound and saw darkness all around me. I spent three months in the hospital, and lost my leg and my son. I had stepped on a landmine and the world as I knew it had come to ...

Nov 25, 2010

Let's hope Obama wins New START gamble

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama’s decision to press for ratification of the New START treaty between Russia and the United States is one that will have a lasting influence on the rest of his presidency. Although the treaty was signed in Prague on ...

Nov 17, 2010

Unrepentant Bush still backs use of torture

In his recently published memoirs called “Decision Points,” and in interviews publicizing those memoirs, former U.S. President George W. Bush makes it clear his stand on what many consider a basic human rights violation: the use of waterboarding as a torture technique. With characteristic ...

Nov 10, 2010

Israelis destroying a symbol of peace and life

During the last few years, Palestinian olive trees — a universal symbol of life and peace — have been systematically destroyed by Israeli settlers. “It has reached a crescendo. What might look like ad hoc violence is actually a tool the settlers are using ...

Nov 7, 2010

Erosion of Argentina's wealth and work ethic

BUENOS AIRES — Perhaps there is no better observation of the government of Argentine President Cristina Kirchner than the one given by Mario Vargas Llosa, the latest Nobel laureate in literature. Vargas Llosa said Kirchner was leading a corruption-riddled government. “I love Argentina,” he ...

Nov 1, 2010

Rights abuses in Iraq demand investigation

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama should investigate allegations that American military forces have been involved in human rights abuses in Iraq. Manfred Novak, the United Nations’ chief investigator on torture, says the failure to investigate would amount to a failure by the Obama ...

Oct 18, 2010

Art of dissuading car thieves in New York

NEW YORK — Every 24 seconds, a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States. Contrary to popular belief, thieves target not only expensive cars but also, most frequently, those in the mid-price range. Cars are stolen usually for the resale value of their ...