Jun 8, 2012

Unforgivable crimes against the people of Syria

That some of my ancestors came from Syria may be one reason for the horror I feel over the tragic events in Houla, Syria, where at least 108 villagers, including 34 women and 49 children were massacred last month. Who is responsible for this ...

May 28, 2012

China, too, faces challenge of an aging society

Parallel to its economic development, China is facing the challenge of a rapidly aging population. This is happening at a time when urbanization and industrialization is quickly increasing in the country. It is a trend that has weakened traditional family support networks, particularly for ...

May 22, 2012

Lorca would have cheered Obama's decision

You will never know how much I love you Because you sleep and have slept in me. I hide you weeping, pursued By a voice of penetrating steel. Thus wrote Federico Garcia Lorca, the noted Spanish poet, in a poem titled “The Beloved Sleeps ...

May 11, 2012

Chance to improve public health in Myanmar

In 1998, the publication Burma Debate included my article “The Health of Burma’s Women and Children,” which was a critical assessment of the health situation in the country. It was a groundbreaking article in that as soon as it was published I received a ...

Apr 30, 2012

The international path toward self-destruction

The latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows that, after allowing for some data uncertainties, world military spending in 2011 as essentially unchanged from that in 2012. This breaks a 13-year-long run of continuous military spending increases. It might be ...

Apr 27, 2012

Increasing condemnation of the Cuba embargo

At the recent Summit of the Americas, Latin American governments roundly condemned the U.S. embargo on Cuba. — only days after Pope Benedict XVI had added his voice against the embargo. Speaking at his departure from Havana airport, Benedict said Cuba could build “a ...

Apr 23, 2012

Filling in for the 'Angel in charge of distribution'

For several years now, New York poet Jack Agueros has been living with Alzheimer’s. Slowly but unrelentingly, the disease is erasing his memories. As his daughter Natalia told The New York Times, “There is nothing sadder than a poet without words.” The following is ...

Apr 11, 2012

Why Japan and U.S. should ban the death penalty

Japan’s decision to hang three prisoners after nearly two years without executions has been severely criticized by Amnesty International, which calls it a “retrograde step.” Justice Minister Toshio Ogawa authorized the executions of three men, stating that this was his “duty” as minister. “Justifying ...

Mar 26, 2012

Cyberspace: new face of war in the 21st century

For the past few years, there has been an explosion of ways in which countries can engage in destructive behavior. The use of cyberspace as a venue of battle has changed the nature of conventional warfare. This poses problems in terms of response to ...

Mar 13, 2012

Greece could learn from Argentina's experience

To understand Greece’s recent travails and how the country got there, it is useful to quote what Mikis Theodorakis, the famous Greek songwriter and composer, wrote about it recently on his homepage: “Until 2009, there was no serious economic problem. The major wounds of ...