January 9, 2014 |
Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced this week that she was giving up her campaign to unseat an incumbent U.S. senator in her father's home state of Wyoming. Her campaign had angered many as she had sauntered from her longtime home state of Virginia to Wyoming. She certainly is not unique. Today in America and around the world, families cling to power, passing the baton from one generation to another or from spouse to spouse. We have had two Bushes in the White House and one in the Florida governor's mansion.
December 6, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela didn't coin the term "Rainbow Nation" or the phrase "Proudly South African. " But the optimism, determination and compassion of the country at its best owed everything to him. In recent years, however, South Africa under the leadership of the African National Congress that Mandela loved is often quite different - shoddy, corrupt and incompetent. In short, depressingly like other African countries betrayed by liberation movements. While life has gradually improved for many, problems once attributed to apartheid stubbornly remain.
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December 5, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela, who emerged from more than a quarter of a century in prison to steer a troubled African nation to its first multiracial democracy, uniting the country by reaching out to fearful whites and becoming a revered symbol of racial reconciliation around the world, died at his home Thursday. He was 95. Long before his release from prison in 1990, at age 71, Mandela was an inspiration to millions of blacks seeking to end the oppression of more than four decades of apartheid, and his continued incarceration spawned international censure of South Africa's white-minority government.
November 24, 2013 |
In June 2009, democracy, human rights and the rule of law were shattered in Honduras. Democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya was flown out of the country at gunpoint, and, in the days and months that followed, pro-democracy demonstrations were violently repressed and critical media outlets shut down. Elections organized a few months later under the coup regime did nothing to remedy the situation. Held in a climate of repression and boycotted by opposition groups, these elections were widely seen as illegitimate by many Hondurans and most governments in the hemisphere - with the notable exception of the United States.
October 1, 2013 |
In the 2012 elections, J Street, the relatively new pro-Israel lobby whose stated purpose is to promote a progressive peace agenda in the Middle East, says its PAC disbursed more than $1.8 million to candidates from 26 states, thus helping eight Senate and 63 House hopefuls win their races. Among the winners are the chairs and ranking members of five committees, including the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Armed Services Committee, as well as chairs and ranking members of more than 30 subcommittees.
August 31, 2013
Re "The limits of democracy," Opinion, Aug. 27 Tsvi Bisk castigates those "preoccupied" with the concept of democracy in Egypt. His analysis is based on three mistaken assumptions. First, Bisk says we should focus on "constitutionalism" rather than democracy. Our Constitution has been central to our success. But in Egypt, with its winner-take-all mentality, constitutions are imposed, not negotiated. The Muslim Brotherhood imposed its last fall; now the military seeks to do the same.
August 27, 2013 |
The events in Egypt are causing a great deal of moral and intellectual confusion in Western circles, preoccupied as they are with the concept of democracy (after all, ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was elected). Populist sentimentality abounds. I suggest, instead, judging events by the standards of constitutionalism - an ideology that asserts that human beings have certain unalienable rights that cannot be taken from them either by dictator or by the majority. Fareed Zakaria makes a good case for constitutionalism taking precedence over democracy in his book, "The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad.
August 21, 2013 |
CAIRO - Even frail and dressed in prison whites, Hosni Mubarak had a few moves left. A court ordered the former Egyptian president freed from jail Wednesday in a stunning turn of fortunes that highlights the prospect that his old guard is reemerging from the bloodshed and political unrest that has followed the 2011 revolution. That uprising was supposed to have undone the man Egyptians called the Pharaoh. But Mubarak's release from Tora prison, expected Thursday, is a blow to efforts to build a democracy after decades of corruption and repression.
August 12, 2013 |
Afew weeks from now, a military judge will probably sentence Bradley Manning to serve several decades in prison for violating the Espionage Act of 1917. I feel a kinship with him. My parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were convicted of violating the same act in 1951. They were executed two years later, when I was 6. That's only the beginning of my sense of connection with Manning. The prosecutors, and now the judge, have labeled his actions espionage, theft or other unsavory terms.
July 17, 2013 |
"As Egypt goes," says an old adage, "so goes the Mideast. " But the historic changes underway in Egypt have repercussions far beyond even that. For four decades, Egypt, as the political and military leader of the Arab world, has been the linchpin of U.S. Middle East policy, the anchor for a moderate and pro-American Arab camp, the first Arab country to make peace with Israel, an indispensable first stop for all regional American diplomacy....