President Kennedy’s failed Bay of Pigs invasion turned Fidel Castro into a “Rasputin-like” mystical figure. To this day, photos in Cuban text books depict Castro on the beaches of “Bahía de Cochinos” (…) amid bombs exploding around him.
There is perhaps no bigger challenge facing the Catholic Church than its global sexual abuse crisis. And that issue is inextricably tied to whether priests should be allowed to marry. No matter the next pope’s nationality, he will undoubtedly have to face this issue. The question is not if, but for how much longer, the Catholic Church will continue requiring priests to be celibate. The answer? Not much longer.
U.S.-México relations are at a stage that could result in inconceivable promise to the citizens of both nations. It’s up to President’s Obama and Peña Nieto to make this more than a high school homecoming scene, and to seize the significant opportunity before them.
There is a joke among Israelis that for every two people here, there are at least three opinions. That’s what makes the stories of three men—two Israelis and one Palestinian—so unexpected.
Qassam rocket territory is a place where a rocket, filled with who knows what, strikes once every 24 hours. With all this tension, with an occupation on one side of the border and rockets landing on the other, you’d think hate would be palpable and overwhelming. But generally (and surprisingly), Jews and Palestinians genuinely long for peace.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has admitted that the Arab world erred in rejecting the United Nations’ 1947 plan to partition Palestine into two states–one for Jews and another for Palestinians. In the decades that have followed, neither side has been blameless. But Palestinians have argued for a reversal of history. By admitting that they should have accepted the UN partition, is Abbas finally accepting that history?
Pastor Terry Jones burned a Quran last week. Hate masquerading as political protest is still hate, which is why Jones must be repudiated so he realizes that his actions are not only offensive, but also dangerous and careless—especially when we have troops stationed in Muslim countries.
Latin America is used to being short-shrifted by U.S. presidents. And despite problems at home and abroad, President Obama was right about going to Latin America at this time. It sends an important message about the importance of this vital region of the world, and helps to cultivate a stronger relationship with a burgeoning power in the global economy.