Tuesday December 10, 2013
Archive - Jul 2013
Ten generations have come and gone since 1776. Yet the Founders still fascinate us. Books about Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington still regularly dot our best-seller lists.
What so attracts us to these men of means who put their security and their considerable comfort at risk for a greater good? Maybe the contrast with what we see all around us.
Thomas Black, Leslie Picker and Callie Bost
Support for gay marriage by companies as varied as Goldman Sachs, Microsoft and Starbucks gathering steam to change policies in states that bar same-sex couples from tying the knot.
For them, it was a wondrous cultural exploration filled with new tastes, sounds and smells.
For me? It was exhausting.
I spent three weeks introducing my children to my parents' homeland - the Czech Republic. Two American boys were plunged into a world of castles and cobblestones, of wild boar goulash and Czech-speaking cousins and our family's ancestral village in Southern Bohemia.
For a newspaper that's small and underweight even by British standards, the Guardian has a knack for making some big noises, both in its home market and across the pond.
Defying heavy rain, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents marched Monday on the 16th anniversary of the city's handover to China to demand the government address a widening wealth gap and introduce broader democracy.
Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician and a leader who knows that reform requires a keen understanding of how creating a better future demands sophisticated invocations of the past.
Anyone who has followed Middle East politics knows that this is a region where extremists tend to go all the way and moderates tend to just go away.
Egyptians may claim there was something unique about the people-power-backed military coup that unfolded Wednesday in Cairo. But the world has witnessed many such putsches in the past half-century. From Buenos Aires to Bangkok, crowds have begged generals to oust democratically elected governments and cheered when they responded. Without exception, the results have been dismal: violence, if not civil wars; massive human rights violations; decades-long political conflicts.
In my experience, whenever criminal cases turn into symbolic melodramas, reason goes out the door. Almost needless to say, I'm referring to the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin murder trial currently dominating cable TV news channels. Starting last February, what began as a lamentable tragedy was promoted as a multimedia morality play on the theme of racist brute vs. innocent child.