Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - 2013
If the new, decentralized al-Qaeda is such a threat that 19 American embassies, consulates and other diplomatic posts have to be shuttered for a week, we have a decade of wrongheaded U.S. policy to blame.
The Arab Spring contributed by creating power vacuums for militant anti-Western jihadists to exploit. But myopic decision-making in Washington clearly played a huge role -- and, while I hope we're getting smarter, I have my doubts.
Hopefully it won't be settled in the same way but, arguably, this nation is as divided as it was in the era of the Civil War. OK, War Between the States, if that is your preference.
To a lifelong newspaperman, the abrupt sale of an iconic publication like The Washington Post seems akin to a personal loss, a death in the family, although the prospective new owner vows to keep it afloat.
The Graham family brought a particular dedication and zest to holding the powerful in the nation's capital to account that meant more to laborers in the vineyards of The Post than a weekly paycheck, which in any event was never astronomical.
Inequality has a silver lining. At least the awesomely affluent think so.
If we didn’t have grand fortunes, their claim goes, we wouldn’t have grand philanthropy. No foundations and handsome bequests for underwriting good causes. No gifts and grants by the tens and hundreds of millions.
There I was, sitting at my desk and looking out of the window — you know, writing — when my wife came in and plopped down a newspaper article in front of me.
“Read that,” she said with a cruel twinkle in her eye.
It was an article on Detroit by George Will, one of my least favorite columnists. I find his smug arrogance insufferable.
Coke’s going green. Or, at least, it wants you to think it is.
There’s no denying that part of Coca-Cola has gone green: the label — in one South American country. In Argentina, the world’s No. 1 soft drink company now sells a new product called Coca-Cola Life with a green colored label.
It's August, and Americans by the millions are cramming themselves into coach-class seats as they embark on their summer vacations. Those able to learn from adversity might ponder this: Airline seating may be the best concrete expression of what's happened to the economy in recent decades.
Remember how Republican leaders vowed to improve their outreach to minorities after Mitt Romney's demographic disaster in November? Well, not so fast, amigos. A lot of folks in the Grand Old Party's conservative wing prefer to tap another group that let them down: the "missing white voters."
This is a story of two unlikely allies, the wealthy executive/mother and the prostitute/drug smuggler, who rescued each other.
The setting is equally improbable and hopeful. A decade ago, Colombia was torn apart by civil war and narco-trafficking. One of Colombia's problems was an enormous gap between rich and poor, and elites who dealt with poverty by building higher walls around their compounds and topping them with barbed wire.
Let's talk about Gov. Chris Christie. Everybody is; he's the politician of the hour. At the
top of the latest poll of likely Republican presidential primary voters in New Hampshire. (Just 2 1/2 years to go until the Iowa caucuses!)
If he winds up running, it could be a fantastic test of my theory that women won't vote for men who yell.