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[OP-ED: The heartbreaking case of Charlie Gard is not a parable -- just one family’s tragedy

 08/03/2017 - 14:44
Chris Gard and Connie Yates, parents of the 11-month-old baby Charlie Gard, affected by mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, seen leaving the London High Court during their long and eventually unsuccessful legal fight to keep their terminally ill baby alive. EFE

Before 11-month-old Charlie Gard died in Britain last week from complications of a rare disease, his short life triggered debate about when it’s appropriate to stop treating patients and allow them to die.

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 2:33pm

[OP-ED]: Trump: For the love of Putin

 07/18/2017 - 11:46
Perhaps Trump just admires Putin as a leader. Perhaps he has bought into his senior adviser Steve Bannon’s worldview in which Russia is not an ideological foe but a cultural friend, a white Christian country battling swarthy Muslims. EFE 

The latest revelations about Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign are useful because they might help unravel the mystery that has always been at the center of this story. Why has Trump had such a rosy attitude toward Russia and Vladimir Putin? It is such an unusual position for Trump that it begs for some kind of explanation.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 11:37am

In Search of the Maya World: From Central America to Philadelphia

 06/27/2017 - 14:26
Gallery of archaeological pieces of Mayan culture exhibited at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology of the University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Supplied UPEnn

One of the most intriguing mysteries of Latin American culture is what happened to the Maya civilization. How come after over 3,000 years of history, from about 2, 500 BC to 950 AD, most of the glorious Maya centers in Mesoamerica were abandoned? Before the arrival of the Europeans in the 1500’s magnificent cities like Tikal in Guatemala and Copán in Honduras had all but disappeared; left uninhabited, they were covered by thick jungle growth, hidden throughout the mountains and the lowlands. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 1:15pm
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[OP-ED]: ¿Por qué la división es ahora tan profunda?

 06/20/2017 - 16:02
El congresista Steve Scalise, representante por Luisiana y tercer republicano de mayor rango en la Cámara de Representantes de EE.UU., se encuentra en "estado crítico", según informó hoy el hospital en el que fue ingresado tras el tiroteo en en el Parque- Estadio Eugene Simpson, en Alexandria, Virginia EFE

El tiroteo ocurrido el miércoles en una práctica de béisbol de congresistas fue un ejemplo terrible de la división política que está haciendo trizas a este país. Los científicos políticos han demostrado que el Congreso está más dividido que nunca desde la finalización de la Reconstrucción.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 4:00pm

[OP-ED]: On immigration, conservatives premiere a new office of political theater

 05/17/2017 - 09:26
The data confirms it. Studies show that illegal immigrants commit crimes at lower levels than the native-born. The FBI reports that cities with high numbers of illegal immigrants are among the safest in the country.

 When they criticize laws against hate crimes, conservatives claim we shouldn’t create special classes of victims. 

Well, forget all that. It turns out that they feel differently when they can get political mileage from exploiting the public’s fear of illegal immigrants. Then they’re all in.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 8:45am

[OP-ED]: The elite media -- self-absorbed but not self-aware

 05/12/2017 - 09:17
Now that Trump is president, you can turn to just about any channel -- absent Fox News -- and hear reporters and anchors accusing Trump or other administration officials of outright lying or pursuing policies that will hurt people -- or, in the case of the GOP health care bill, actually kill them. 

Riddle me this: How can the so-called elite media be so self-absorbed and still have so little self-awareness? 

Today’s journalists too often make themselves the story. If a reporter gets arrested at a protest, he’ll be on the Sunday shows doing what he is not supposed to be doing: expressing his opinion.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 8:30am

[OP-ED]: The Sacking of Bill O’Reilly Reveals Ignored Corporate Prejudice

 04/28/2017 - 14:55
The termination of that talk show host known for his blunt talk (and his bigotry) followed a mass exodus of over fifty major advertisers from the evening time slot occupied by “The O’Reilly Factor” program. Photo: (Bill O'Reilly / Facebook)

Although the decision by FOX News to sack its ratings superstar Bill O’Reilly in the wake of revelations that FOX paid $13-million to settle multiple sexual harassment claims against O’Reilly sparked cheers in some circles, circumstances surrounding O’Reilly’s ouster do not merit a champagne celebration.

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 2:45pm