As a founder of Human Rights Watch, Robert L. Bernstein is a distinguished moral voice. So he stunned the human rights community last week when he leveled a devastating attack on the work of the organization he chaired for two decades.
Farming, which many city folk once associated primarily with children's books and distinctive if not entirely flattering tan lines, is suddenly in vogue.
The international climate negotiations that have been grinding on for years may have crossed a Rubicon of sorts. That's because a new model of engagement for some nations is receiving wide attention.
I've just returned home to New York from a week in Los Angeles, where I discovered yet another topic used to fuel the tedious Los Angeles/New York debate.
Politicians love photo ops. So when Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., appeared alongside Hamid Karzai as the beleaguered Afghan president announced that he would agree to a runoff election, it was hardly surprising.
When China releases its third-quarter GDP figures Thursday, it will likely post growth that's the envy of a recession weary globe. Some analysts project the world's third-largest economy will easily surpass the government's 8 percent expansion target.
Recently, I found a US$100 bill on the sidewalk. It was there, outside a store entrance. No one else in sight. Just me and the money. I kept it.
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Just a few months ago, the supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong II, appeared to be a lame duck in both senses of the term. In public appearances, he looked deathly ill after suffering a severe stroke in 2008, and preparations were reportedly underway for one of his sons to succeed him.
Every day we wake up to headlines and images of devastating violence in hot spots around the globe. In Pakistan, for example, attacks over the last few weeks have killed scores and seriously injured many more.
As Barack Obama tries to address soaring rates of unemployment and home foreclosure, he would do well to bone up on a predecessor, James Monroe.