Arabs are on the brink of a democratic wave similar to the one that swept through Eastern Europe 20 years ago. The Arabs’ democratic journey may well be rocky, but there is no turning back.
In the face of reported global abuses, it's tempting to bemoan the lack of human rights progress. But even before protesters in Egypt and the Middle East took a historic stand for freedom, human rights has actually made big gains. Here are four key developments from the last decade.
By 2050, the planet will add the equivalent of a new China and India in population. Africa is increasingly seen as the new global breadbasket in the quest to feed all those people.
Don't be misled by the grand scale and vast legacy of Egypt's legendary leaders -- from Ramses to Cleopatra to Mehmet Ali. The same nameless Egyptians calling for freedom today have always been the heart of this ancient society.
America's policy in the Middle East – blind interventionist support for regimes on behalf of myopic 'American interests' – fueled the unrest now boiling over across the region. Washington must now learn to work with the moderate opposition groups arising, including Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
I love sports, but with its media-managed commercialism, defined roles and story lines, and aristocratic sports analysis, American football is just plain un-American. The faux-drama of the Steelers-Packers contest doesn't actually uphold the 'everyman' American ideals.
Yes, millions of Egyptians are in protesting to oust Mubarak. But this popular, largely leaderless uprising is also driven by each individual's desire for rights -- starting with the right to assembly, and expressed in how the protests are conducted.
Ronald Reagan wasn't perfect. He even lied to the American public. But I saw first hand how his commitment to integrity restored his presidency and helped him become the transformational leader America needed to win the cold war.
Secular democrats must come up with a message of opposition that says 'yes' to Islam, but 'no' to sharia – in other words, a campaign that emphasizes a separation of religion from politics.
Astronaut Mark Kelly, who will command the space shuttle Endeavour after all, delivered a powerful message at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday. He said something good can come of the Tucson shootings and his wife's struggle for recovery. That's true in Tucson and...in Egypt.
Pentagon training of foreign military officers in the US may be the best investment in democracy. Thousands of Egyptian officers have been exposed to US democratic values, Will those officers now stick with Mubarak?
Our huge public debt ultimately reflects our lack of individual restraint. But we can do better.
Sarah Palin's supporters and critics need to calm down. She’s a celebrity, not a future president.
Billions in Pentagon cuts touted by Gates and Obama recently don’t represent real decreases to defense spending. With troops in more than 150 of the world's 195 countries, the US needs to abandon its cold-war era deployment strategy. It's time for our wealthy allies to pull their weight.
Protesters in Egypt demand they be treated with dignity -- given a real voice in a real democracy. Mubarak's plans to stay in power until elections months from now is an insult to the Egyptian people, as is today's return to state-sponsored violence. Mubarak must resign immediately.
Egyptian Ahmed Zewail won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1999. Here he gives four steps to make the transition to democracy in Egypt.