Oct 7, 2010

Going home is such a bittersweet experience

TUCUMAN, Argentina — Coming home to my native Tucuman, a city in the north of Argentina, has become almost a ritual for me. And, predictably, it has its bittersweet moments. Tucuman and New York, where I have lived for the last 40 years, are ...

Sep 20, 2010

Mixing it up on a New York summer evening

NEW YORK — Like many other cities around the world, New York has had a punishing summer. On one of the first nights that the weather gave us a respite, I went to a new place for dinner, a Turkish restaurant in Greenwich Village ...

Sep 3, 2010

Legacy of Iraq war won't be winding down

NEW YORK — The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in what is euphemistically called the end of the Iraq war portends anything but the end of the conflict. The consequences of the war will be felt for many years to come. Former President ...

Aug 18, 2010

Sometimes TV dramas can be good for you

TIRANA, Albania — A friend of mine, a prestigious physician who works the longest hours of anybody I know, makes only one exception from her demanding schedule in New York. Once a week, she returns home early to watch a new episode of her ...

Aug 3, 2010

Drug use is fueling AIDS epidemic in Russia

NEW YORK — Russia has one of the world’s most serious epidemics of injection drug use, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS. It is estimated that Russia has 2 million injecting drug users (IDUs), 60 to 70 percent of whom have ...

Jul 26, 2010

Give Israeli 'traitor' unconditional freedom

NEW YORK — On May 23, Mordechai Vanunu, whom Amnesty International calls a “prisoner of conscience,” was sent to prison for three months, accused of violating the terms of his 2004 release from prison. He has spent 18 years in prison, the first 11 ...

Jul 17, 2010

Breaking the oppression of Indian Dalits

One can fight oppression with violence, or one can fight it with education. Hema Konsotia, a 32-year-old Indian woman, has chosen the latter. She is helping to change conditions for an estimated 165 million Indian Dalits, also known as “untouchables.” They are a mixed ...

Jul 12, 2010

Scholars flunk George W. Bush

NEW YORK — George W. Bush ranks among the five U.S. presidents who accomplished the least while in office, according to the Siena College Research Institute’s latest survey of 238 presidential scholars. The institute has conducted the poll annually for the past 28 years. ...

Jul 6, 2010

Valiant voice against a war without borders

NEW YORK — Is it not fair to say that the more we love our country, the more we want it to be a better, more honorable country? If we use this criterion, then we can say that few people loved the United States ...

Jun 29, 2010

Maradona casts spell at world's crossroads

NEW YORK — I can still hear the Mexican sportscaster shouting in the radio for more than a minute — “Dieguitooooo, Dieguitoooooo, Diego Armando Maradonaaaaaaa!” — after the Argentine soccer player scored his second goal against the British during the 1986 World Cup that ...