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 ...

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. ...