The ongoing Gaza crisis seems to have broken a lot of crockery in the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Just before he flew off to Martha’s Vineyard for a two-week vacation, President Barack Obama fielded some questions about the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq. We imagine that he also had Syria (rebels besieged in Aleppo), Afghanistan (election recount debacle), Ukraine (plane shot down, Russian troops lurking), West Africa (Ebola epidemic spreading fast), Libya (militias rampaging), Iran (nuclear negotiations floundering), Obamacare (court ruling could bury it), the stock market (bubble bursting?) immigration (what to do with all those kids) and, oh, about 947 other crises on his mind.
Ghana, a country of 27 million on the west coast of Africa, called the Gold Coast when it was a British colony, has been in recent years one of the few stars of African economic and political performance.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spends most of his time talking about the Middle East, Ukraine and global warming. So when I interviewed him last week, I wanted to hear his views on the political crisis in Venezuela and other issues in Latin America.
For a long time, Texas Gov. Rick Perry walked too fine a line between politics and policy. It caught up with him late last week.
The ongoing violence in Ferguson, Missouri, is dismaying and — for those who have been in Los Angeles a long time — painfully familiar. As this city long ago learned, when the public loses trust in its police, many people suffer.
How much does the health benefit of giving up cigarettes outweigh the lost pleasure of smoking?
It took three years, but after a trial conducted by the Cambodian government in partnership with the United Nations, two former high-ranking officials were convicted of crimes against humanity for their roles as leaders of the Khmer Rouge during its bloody reign from 1975 to 1979.
After more than a decade of denial and concealment on the part of our government, President Barack Obama’s recent acknowledgment that “we tortured some folks” felt like a milestone. Even in its spare, reductive phrasing, the president’s statement opened up the possibility, finally, of national reflection, contrition and accountability.
When the Republican-controlled House of Representatives reneged on its promise to take up immigration reform before heading off on vacation, President Barack Obama vowed to take matters into his own hands by the end of summer.
We are all shocked and saddened by last week’s apparent suicide of Robin Williams. It leaves us all with a number of questions, including:
Despite the return of American warplanes to Iraq, the nation’s attention is rightfully riveted on Ferguson, Missouri, where residents are reeling from days of protests and riots.
Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment.
Two new reports are out this month that, taken together, provide a pretty good picture of how the U.S. labor force has fared since the economic recovery began in June 2009.
We all know how Washington crises usually unfold. A problem erupts. Politicians trample each other to express outrage and allocate blame. Scapegoats are sacrificed, legislation emerges and money gets appropriated. And then the issue fades from view.
About a century ago, after World War I, British and French leaders carved up the Middle East and set the modern borders of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
The killing of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene in Kabul by an Afghan soldier at a training academy and the refusal of Afghan politicians to agree on a new president eight weeks after the election call into question once more why the United States maintains a presence there.
As you’ve likely heard by now, in a small city in south central Russia, a gang of computer criminals has amassed a huge cache of stolen Internet credentials. They’ve swiped a mind-boggling 1.2 billion user name and password combinations, The New York Times reports. And more than 500 million email addresses.
An ongoing trial in Georgia might or might not set any legal precedents, but it very well might be making a kind of history.
Under federal law, it is illegal for churches and other so-called 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to “participate in, or intervene in … any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.” But in recent years the Internal Revenue Service has failed to aggressively enforce the law, despite open defiance by religious groups that believe — erroneously — that they have a 1st Amendment right to endorse candidates without losing their tax-exempt status.
Everyone agrees that the United States does not have enough primary-care physicians. There are huge swaths of the nation, especially rural and inner-city areas, that lack any primary-care physicians. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the shortage is at least 16,000 doctors.