President Joe Biden’s decision to donate 500 million COVID-19 vaccines to other countries by June 2022 is an important step toward restoring the United States’ global standing. Another, parallel foreign policy solution could perhaps do even more. It is simple, cost-effective and could improve the health and well-being of billions of people �...Read more
At last, Harvey Weinstein, the onetime Hollywood power broker who was convicted of sexual assault in New York, will face the court trial in Los Angeles he has tried to evade for months.
The breadth of Weinstein’s revolting sexual predation — first revealed in 2017 by The New York Times and The New Yorker — is so staggering that he was ...Read more
It’s 2021, the pandemic is ongoing, although more and more people are now totally vaccinated. Many people are still flocking to the internet and social media in search of connection.
For some, it is an oasis. For others, a nightmare.
Woke folks are aware of #StopAsianHate, #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo. These are hashtags meant to draw ...Read more
Over the past 20 years, China has absorbed millions of U.S. jobs. It has stolen billions of dollars' worth of intellectual property from American companies and made itself critical to global supply chains, at times with the help of U.S. investors.
This must stop. The Chinese regime is an authoritarian, powerful, anti-democratic superpower that ...Read more
In one short tweet Tuesday, Florida's senior senator, Marco Rubio, managed to dismiss the idea that racial and social inequities exist in health care in this country.
And he did it during a pandemic that has disproportionately harmed minorities. Talk about tone deaf — and hurtful.
"The American Medical Association has fallen victim to the ...Read more
The Group of Seven, known as G-7, is an association that includes nations with some of the world's most advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and the United States. Last week, in response to President Joe Biden's announcement that the U.S. would provide 500 million COVID-19 vaccinations to poor countries around...Read more
In the Persian puppet theater known as Shah Selim Bazi, tragicomic tales of court intrigue gave audiences a glimpse into the mind of their ruler and the workings of his administration. Behind the screen, the strings were pulled by the “morshed,” or spiritual leader, who also served as narrator. This allowed him to manipulate not only the ...Read more
There is a familiar pattern of responses to the Israeli-Palestinian problem that mirrors most political problems. There are two positions that are diametrically opposed to each other, and then there is a middle position that is characterized as a moderate or centrist position. The two positions that stand in direct opposition are complete ...Read more
This weekend, Americans will celebrate an unofficial holiday that many people had not heard of a year ago.
In this era of purposeful racial awareness, Juneteenth is the new “it” holiday for the socially woke.
While many African Americans have celebrated it for decades, the effort to make June 19 a federal holiday commemorating the end of ...Read more
All sorts of information is now spilling out about how former president Donald Trump’s Department of Justice sought to investigate leaks related to the Russia investigation. Under Trump, the department subpoenaed the confidential data of journalists and, apparently, the White House counsel. Both of these are chilling, but arguably the worst ...Read more
More than two years ago, Gary Martin walked into a disciplinary meeting with his supervisors at an Aurora, Illinois, valve manufacturing plant. They told him he was being let go. “Yeah, it’s over,” a survivor remembered him saying. Martin pulled out a .40-caliber handgun and killed four of the people in the room. He killed another co-...Read more
For millions of years, Earth’s climate has been fairly stable largely due to the ocean’s role in mediating global temperature and driving our weather cycles, determining rainfall, storms, droughts and floods. Without much attention or support from humans, the ocean has been protecting every living being on this planet from the harmful ...Read more
Too many people across the country are left behind because they don't have reliable, affordable access to the internet. But a bipartisan push to close this digital divide would be $1 billion well spent.
The Digital Equity Act, reintroduced last week by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, would offer financial assistance to help states and community ...Read more
ATLANTA — Marjorie Taylor Greene has been called on to apologize many times before.
For promoting the dangerous QAnon conspiracy theory; for harassing a school shooting victim; for statements so racist, anti-Semitic and offensive that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier called her "looney lies" a "cancer" on the GOP.
In the past, ...Read more
Last December, Oregon lawmaker Mike Nearman was meeting with activists unhappy with the state's pandemic lockdown. He shared their sentiments and thought he'd do something to show solidarity. So he presented them with a scenario.
Supposing, Nearman told them, someone was hoping to breach the state Capitol, which has been closed to the public ...Read more
On the eve of President Joe Biden’s summit with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president once again reminded the world why most Western leaders don’t trust a word he says. In an interview with NBC, Putin deployed his familiar arsenal of lies and counteraccusations. The attempted murder of opposition leader Alexei Navalny? Not me. Election ...Read more
Is a nuclear power plant on the edge of China’s 60 million-strong Pearl River Delta megalopolis on the verge of an emergency? It doesn’t look like it — but that doesn’t mean there’s no cause for concern.
The U.S. government has been assessing a report of a leak at the Taishan No. 1 nuclear power plant west of the cities of Guangzhou, ...Read more
Let it not be lost on Benjamin Netanyahu’s critics that Israel’s just-ousted prime minister leaves behind a thriving economy, with a tech sector envied by the world; per capita GDP grew 60% between the start of Netanyahu’s term in March 2009 and 2020, with unemployment dropping to 3.4% before the coronavirus pandemic arrived. Nor can ...Read more
Missouri’s dangerous dance with anti-constitutionalism continued unabated Saturday, when Gov. Mike Parson signed the disturbingly-named Second Amendment Preservation Act.
The Second Amendment is quite intact, of course. The new law isn’t about policy — it’s about sending a pro-gun message to fellow right-wingers across the state. That�...Read more
With each passing year, the events of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack fade a bit more from public memory.
That fateful day may be stamped forever in the minds of those who were alive to witness it, but more than 70 million Americans have been born in the intervening decades.
Education about 9/11 has been uneven at best, and one 2019 survey of ...Read more