The Pew Research Center poll released Thursday showing that American Catholics strongly favor allowing the use of birth control — and allowing priests to marry and women to be ordained — comes as no surprise. It has long been thus. Catholics also continue to give high marks to His Humbleness, Pope Francis, whose approval rating remains in the mid-80s, unchanged from a year ago. Even the fact that half of Catholics think the church should recognize same-sex marriage is old news, given past polls.
Kudo to Oscar-winner Jared Leto, who in his Oscar acceptance speech reminded us that two democratic revolutions are occurring right now, one in each hemisphere. Sadly, they haven’t been paid proper attention; their meaning and potential future impact not understood.
The Marshall Islands are a leading advocate of international action on climate change. If you ever needed an illustration for why, this is it.
You’re going to hear a lot more about Debo Adegbile before the 2014 midterm elections. And that’s a bad thing for Democrats trying desperately to hold on to their Senate majority.
America is deeply engaged in a debate about marriage.
In July 2008, the government of Georgia was under considerable pressure: Russia was organizing provocations in two regions of our countryand amassing troops at our border. Almost every Western politician to whom my government raised concerns in those days said that Russia would not attack and urged us to keep calm and not react to Russian moves. My friend Otto von Habsburg, one of Europe’s most experienced politicians, was less reassuring. He bluntly predicted that Russia would attack with all the military might at its disposal, no matter what Georgia did to avoid such an outcome. History repeats itself, he told me.
When FANM transitioned from a volunteer-led to a community-based organization in 2000 the future was rosy. Freshly out of 13 years of experiences at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where I first worked with families and children with AIDS and then with sickle-cell anemia, I was ready to share the excitement of using the lakou system to enrich and empower our families.
Last year Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t invited to CPAC. This year he addressed the American Conservative Union’s annual meeting on its opening day. The New Jersey governor didn’t say anything that will keep him from getting invited back.
A Major League League Soccer soccer team in Miami-Dade County is a winning goal for our community. However the idea of locating this stadium on port of Miami property should be red carded.
Repeat after us: The 2016 election is more than two and a half years away. Hillary Clinton may be a candidate. If she is, Benghazi or Bill Clinton may or may not be issues. Who could possibly know?
How much does the Russian military intervention in Ukraine “cost” the Kremlin? Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have made clear that “there will be costs” to Russia, but so far, there only seem to be benefits, subsidies and the promise of a higher financial return to Russia.
We need to do a better job educating our students about how to handle essential financial decisions. As a professor and academic adviser at a community college, I run into this problem every day.
The Cold War haunted many of us when we were young, whispering always about the possibility of nuclear exchange, sometimes, as in the Cuban Missile Crisis, shouting about it, and reminding us of another kind of life, of an oppressive, miserable slave-state existence some saw as justice. It seemed that it would last forever except that suddenly the Soviet Union crashed. The Cold War was gone.
In contrast to her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder, who saw himself as an advocate for Russia in Europe and was rewarded with a lucrative Gazprom job for his troubles once he left office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has never had an exactly friendly relationship with Vladimir Putin. Over the years, it’s been marked by serious disputes over human rights and foreign policy, as well as some pettiness: The Russian president has reportedly exploited the chancellor’s cynophobia by siccing his black lab on her during meetings.
My public high school wasn’t the best, but we did have an amazing history teacher. Mr. L, as we called him, brought our country’s story to life. So when he taught us about the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears, Andrew Jackson’s campaigns to force at least 46,000 Cherokees, Choctaws, Muscogee-Creeks, Chickasaws and Seminoles off their ancestral lands, my classmates and I were stricken.