In Spain we have spent years fighting the theory of the "causes" of terrorism: the idea that if terrorists kill it is because there are certain causes like poverty, oppression or provocation. This is to look at external circumstances and not at the mere will of an individual who makes the decision to kill instead of [Read more]
Until further notice, success solely belongs to President Obama, because he has been able to drag Israelis and Palestinians — although with much greater force on the former — to the negotiating table, this time to direct talks in Washington. The talks demonstrate political courage leading into the U.S. [Read more]
Yesterday President Obama announced an investment plan of $50 billion (38.8 billion euros) in infrastructure with a single economic objective: create employment. It also had a political objective: the November elections. Obama has spent months flirting with the idea of a third stimulus plan, which would include a tax [Read more]
Once again, after nearly a century, Israelis and Palestinians are negotiating an end to the conflict over sovereignty of the same land. Since the Madrid Conference in 1991, all American presidents tried, each in his own way, to sit both parties down until they achieved peace, and none were able to crown efforts with [Read more]
Barack Obama, the president of the United States, is a Protestant — just like all of those who preceded him in office, with the sole exception of John F. Kennedy, who was Catholic. And Obama is the kind of Protestant who is not from the line which is relatively condescending toward Rome — like Lutheranism or [Read more]
<i>Political instability and terrorist attacks define the situation left by the U.S. in Iraq.</i>
Tomorrow, the official presence of the United States in Iraq will end — seven years after American troops invaded the country in March of 2003 and after leaving an immense trail of dead bodies (almost 150,000 Iraqis [Read more]
Despite the president's commitment to change the immigration system, organizations and activists are protesting not only because of the delay, but also because of the work that the administration has done to increase deportations.
Finally, I freed myself from explaining to some of my southern friends who Javier Arenas is and, above all, what the PER* is. Thank God, because those are not pleasant topics. These days, I've traveled to Texas, the state many Confederates approached at the end of the Civil War in search of a new future and that, [Read more]
It is one of the most important days of the primaries for the elections in November, in which U.S. citizens will choose governors for 36 states, a new House of Representatives and 37 out of 100 senators. On Tuesday voters highlighted the two extremes of the U.S. political spectrum. On the one hand, they celebrated [Read more]
From its beginnings in the end of the 1980s, research with embryonic stem cells has been very determined by politics.