The Kabul Conference has set 2014 as a milestone for the Afghan government to assume full economic and military responsibilities of the Central Asian country. This progressive shift is conditioned by events which do not represent a wavering commitment, but were necessary to quell the growing impatience – in the [Read more]
State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley, as well as his top legal advisor, the respected jurist Harold Hongju Koh, have not tired of repeating today, before the insistent questioning of the foreign press, that the resolution by the International Court at the Hague is specific to Kosovo and cannot be extrapolated in [Read more]
If anything is strong in the United States, it is the value of the brand. The value of the American brand, that is. For example, if you tell an American that the United States has less social mobility than in Europe, he will think you have lost your mind.
This was the focus of a three-hour long conversation in my [Read more]
<b>...And in the Supreme Court? And in Congress? And in...?</b>
In a historic decision, the United States Supreme Court has declared that the country’s municipal authorities do not have the right to limit its citizens’ right to have weapons.
Like any other decision, it is disputable and debatable. Its practical [Read more]
Since some time ago, analysts have been warning about the toll the huge effort in Afghanistan and Iraq will take on the U.S. Army. When combined, these two wars have already lasted 15 years. The data released this week about the number of suicides among U.S. troops confirm the worst predictions. In June alone, 32 [Read more]
These are the words of Izdat Said Qadoos, a Palestinian who lives near Har Bracha, an illegal settlement in the West Bank financed by a Tennessee non-profit institution. These names appear in a long New York Times article published yesterday, the same day that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack [Read more]
There is a small community in the United States, made up of less than 600,000 people — more than live in the state of Wyoming — that celebrates each Fourth of July with a huge fireworks display despite the fact that they are second-class citizens. In fact, until 1961, these .5 million people could not even elect [Read more]
... the choice of Petraeus also entails long-term risks given the fact that his popularity may boomerang for the White House if in the future Obama and the general disagree on the direction of the strategy to follow in the Afghanistan mess.
The president of the United States has proposed regulation for more than 11 million illegal immigrants. The new law has as many detractors among Democrats as Republicans.
Yesterday in Washington, D.C., Barack Obama defended the necessity for an immigration law, while the mother of a marine killed in Iraq asked for [Read more]
The inspectors for the Minerals Management Service were letting their guard down and were literally in bed with the petroleum industry.