The tour books will tell you that Cartagena de Indias is the jewel of the Caribbean. But for Juan Manuel Santos, it might as well have been quicksand. The Colombian president, re-elected June 15, called on the colonial resort town on Friday for a one-on-one with his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolás Maduro.
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Africa’s in town, and in a big way.
Amid the largest Ebola outbreak on record, airports worldwide are on high alert for ill-appearing passengers arriving from west African nations. Thermal scanners are being used to detect feverish people within moving crowds. So it’s understandable that many Americans were surprised at Thursday’s announcement that at least one Ebola patient will be brought from Liberia to a hospital in Atlanta. (It is Emory University Hospital, where I hold an affiliation with the medical school.) More surprising is that the unnamed officials who made this decision did so outside of public scrutiny.
John Armstrong, Florida’s top health official, sent a letter last month to the heads of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency — taking the extra step of copying the media — requesting that they tell him how many of the children who recently crossed the U.S. border from Mexico are in Florida and what illnesses they have. In asserting that this information was “urgently needed and is vital to guarding the health and safety of Florida communities,” Armstrong fanned anxieties that the influx of children from Central and South America poses a large-scale threat to public health.
Unlike most Palestinians, I don’t believe that Israel attempts to kill a maximum number of Palestinian civilians, especially children. At the same time, I don’t accept the Israeli claims that Hamas militants use Palestinian civilians as human shields. Yet the statistics are undeniable. More than 1,300 Palestinian civilians have killed, and among them hundreds of children. What gives?
In My Opinion
They call economics the dismal science. Actually, during my years as a foreign correspondent, I found it pretty lively, especially in countries with left-wing governments attempting to rewrite the laws of supply and demand.
August is upon us, the month when millions of Americans put up out-of-office messages, pile the kids and the dog into the car, and speed off to recharge their batteries.
Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.
If we want to do something about sexual assault on college campuses, first we have to deal with the excuse makers.
General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra has made several trips to testify before Congress, most recently this month, about her company’s defective ignition switches. The biggest headline-grabbing moment was her apology for the company’s apparent 10-year coverup of the lethal problems. Hovering over Barra was the ghost of another momentous GM mea culpa, delivered to Congress nearly half a century ago.
When a journalist admits that he has been lying to the public for years, this usually results in a flurry of media coverage castigating the guilty party, along with a dose of self-flagellation by his employer for having failed to notice the lies sooner. When this wave of humiliating publicity ends, the offending journalist is allowed to slink away in shame.
The Democrats have little say in the agenda of the Republican-run House, and no dispassionate expert predicts the party will win control in the November elections. More likely is a Republican House majority for at least three or four more elections.
I do not care very much about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s waning influence on American political life. But I confess an ongoing fascination with Palin as a media phenomenon. As she vacillates between the Fox News stints that keep her political clout alive and the reality-television gigs that seem like a more natural fit for her talents, I always wonder whether this is the moment that she will commit to a single path.
Is the English language being massacred by the young, the linguistically untidy and anyone who uses the Internet? Absolutely.
“Hair is political.”
A couple of weeks ago, the Debra Harrell story made national headlines. Harrell was arrested in North Augusta, S.C., and charged with a felony for letting her 9-year-old daughter play at a park while Harrell worked a shift at a local McDonald’s. Now, it has happened again, in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where a mother was charged with child neglect after letting her son go to a park by himself.
If we had the same auto-fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents.
Four years ago this month, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law, promising that the 848-page financial law would “put a stop to taxpayer bailouts once and for all,” he said. But recently, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a Detroit crowd that “the biggest banks are even bigger than they were when they got too big to fail in 2008.”
If Republicans want to know why Democrats are talking incessantly about impeachment, even fundraising off the possibility, they need only look to themselves. The GOP leadership has resisted every opportunity to kill the idea. Sure, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called it “all a scam started by Democrats at the White House,” before adding, “We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans.” But that’s cold comfort given his use of the present tense and his demonstrated inability to keep his calamitous caucus in line.
Recent polling for the 2014 midterms and beyond is plentiful but not always illuminating. There are two exceptions to this: polls that show a consensus for a trend/wave election and dramatic movement toward a particular candidate.
The CIA is on a “charm offensive.”
With the party united, the odds are now at least even that the GOP will not only hold the House but also capture the Senate in November.
To judge by this summer’s banner policy proposals, the most important question for higher-education reform right now is giving students easier access to loans. But evidence from Canada suggests those changes won’t address the greater need: Getting more kids from poor families into college, the key to moving up in an increasingly unequal society.
As president and founder of the South Florida Girl Up, a club of teenage activists in Florida for the Girl Up Campaign of the United Nations Foundation, I want to add my voice to that of other activists with whom I’ve collaborated to create and support the first clubs in Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia.
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- Climate change’s souring effects on Haiti crops
- UN peacekeepers detained by rebel group in Golan Heights
- UN: Islamic State group threatens Syria aid access
- Egypt militants post beheading video
- Couple charged with neglect after leaving kids in car while gambling, Hialeah police say
- Dunkin’ Donuts opens kosher restaurant in Dania
- After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans
- Florida Gators face tough decision on whether to run QB Jeff Driskel
- Miami Dolphins’ Daniel Thomas, Marcus Thigpen, Caleb Sturgis fail to shine in final preseason game
- Nantambu-Akil Fentress is undersized overachiever for Miami Hurricanes
- Familiarity is theme in St. Thomas Aquinas-American Heritage matchup
- Columbus Explorers outlast South Dade in game dominated by offenses
- Florida State Seminoles wary of Oklahoma State’s speedy Tyreek Hill
- Ferguson wins big over Palmetto in opener
- Several positions remain up for grabs on Miami Hurricanes’ roster
- Jackson Health System board member resigns, calls for independence from political influence
- Dunkin’ Donuts opens kosher restaurant in Dania
- Inaugural Miami New Construction Show begins Friday
- Einstein Bros. Bagels now open at Miami International Airport
- Vivendi Favors Telefónica’s $9.8 Billion Bid for Brazil Unit
- Balancing Act: Ask questions before you volunteer
- Advocates for poor say Jackson Health System bars needy from charity care
- New IKEA opens its doors
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- Florida: Poker Run set for Sept. 18-21.
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- ‘Shorts Gone Wild 2’ finds laughs and deeper moments in brief LGBT-themed plays
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