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 ...

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 ...