Collections such as the new 'Art of the Americas' wing at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts provide hours of education and appreciation. But beware the origins of some of the choice items from Mesoamerica.
Free enterprise flowered in the early United States as in no other nation. That made the US exceptional. In the 21st century, free enterprise has gone global. That's a good thing -- especially if other freedoms follow.
Frenzy over every titillating detail of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange distracts us from the serious implications of this security breach. The Obama administration must ask hard questions about the alleged Bradley Manning leak. At stake? Obama's credibility at home and abroad.
In public, Arab countries call for closing Guantánamo and returning detainees to their home countries. In private, WikiLeaks documents show that many of these countries don't want detainees. This hypocrisy reveals an international community unprepared to deal with closing Guantánamo.
America must find new ways to plug the kind of holes that led to the WikiLeaks release of US secrets -- or else it must learn to live in a more open Internet age and better manage the fallout.
WikiLeaks documents that revealed a coverup of US drone strikes in Yemen may complicate security concerns – beyond just the package bombs or Anwar al-Awlaki. But the real challenge is how to head off a water crisis that threatens to bring more instability and violence.
Many are condemning Bradley Manning for allegedly providing WikiLeaks with sensitive reports about US foreign policy. But a government that can make war while keeping essential information about its justification and conduct secret is neither open nor fit for free people.
The WikiLeaks release of secret American diplomatic dispatches has a silver lining. It revealed the real Arab stance on Iran and its nuclear program – and it lines up with Israel's. The truth can't hurt in that cause.
Clinging to polarizing ideologies is comfortable, sometimes profitable. But you can find persuasive arguments on both sides of the divide. And, like me, you might find that some of your political opposites' ideas make sense.
Even economists don't fully understand the complicated global economy. .
Capital punishment is vengeance masquerading as justice. No matter how heinous the crime, we lose our moral highground when we allow killing as a punishment for murder.
If China wants less American influence in the region, it must rein in the North Korean regime.
And it is. Ireland has resisted European pressure to raise its 12.5 percent corporate tax rate as part of a debt bailout deal. The rate is what fed this now weakened 'Celtic tiger' in the first place. The US could learn from this.
After the North Korean attack on a South Korean island, Obama sends an aircraft carrier to the Yellow Sea -- irritating China, which may be the point. Beijing needs to rein in its wily ally.
‘But I need them!’ I exclaimed. Gently, my wife asked, ‘When did you last use them?’