A Letter To President Obama: Avoid Another Bay Of Pigs

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.

Isn’t It Time For Our Own Yoani Sanchez?

Yoani Sanchez is a Cuban dissident. Her words against her own oppressive government cannot help but remind us of our own history against tyranny. But should they not also remind us of our present condition?

New Pope, New Doctrine? The Catholic Church Should Allow Priests To Marry

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.

Mexico is An Opportunity Obama Needs To Appreciate

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.

The Three Wise Men

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.

On the Gaza Border with Israel’s “Rocket Man”

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.

A Sign of Promise

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?

Burning the Quran Is No Childish Game

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.

Do Cable TV Wars Cause Real Wars?

Do ratings wars drive us toward actual wars? If covering Libya weren’t “good” for ratings, would we have seen the pictures of death, destruction and brutality for the past month to the extent we have? And if we hadn’t seen those stories, would we be enforcing a no-fly zone right now? I believe there’s a risk that cable news can fuel the fire and “sell” us on a course of action. Too much coverage carries with it the risk of creating a false sense of importance or urgency. So what’s the solution?

Why South of the Border Matters North of the Border

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.