BY RUTH MARCUS
The Israeli soldier shot Yousef Bashir in the back in the front yard of his father’s house in Gaza. It was Feb. 18, 2004, a week after Yousef’s 15th birthday. The bullet splintered into three fragments, severing nerves near the teenager’s spine.
BY IRA KURZBAN
The presence of more than 50,000 children who have crossed the U.S. border in the past two years hardly evokes the hysteria and predictions of chaos and ruin touted by politicians and the anti-immigration lot. That the United States is being overrun by children and that their numbers will create some cataclysmic event is not only morally abhorrent, it is factually erroneous.
AFTER WORLD CUP
By EDDY ARRIOLA
Much has been made of the Brazilian government’s sizable investments in this year’s World Cup. Estimates indicate that more than $11 billion was spent on the creation and renovation of stadiums, the construction of new roads and bridges and updates to the nation’s airports and public transportation systems.
By AARON DAVID MILLER
Yes, Israelis and Palestinians have entered yet another violent round in their seemingly interminable conflict. How did they get into this mess? And, more important, how are they going to get out of it? As we watch the fighting escalate, here are five myths that need correcting.
By MAUREEN DOWD
Chelsea Clinton never acted out during the eight years she came of age as America’s first daughter.
By MICHAEL GERSON
A few recent developments have revealed the tea party temperament in its most distilled, potent form.
By ANDRE M. PERRY
You’re not there to get an education — you’re there to make revenue for the college,” Rashad McCants, a former basketball star for the University of North Carolina, told ESPN recently. He got A’s in classes he says he never attended — courses that required just one written paper, which tutors often wrote for him and other star players. Championship-winning coach Roy Williams knew about this “paper-class” system, McCants says, an allegation that Williams denies.
By JOSE AZEL
The constitutions of Latin American countries, almost without exception, begin with a sentence exalting the nation-state or highlighting the patriarchal role of the elected representatives: “We the representatives of the people of Costa Rica …,” “The Congress of the Republic of Venezuela …,” “The Constituent Congress (of Peru) invoking God Almighty…,” “The sovereign nation and its government (of the Dominican Republic)…,” “We the deputies (of Honduras)…,” “Bolivia, free, independent, sovereign …,” “The Panamanian Nation…,” The Oriental Republic of Uruguay is the political association…”
By JOE CARDONA
On a rainy drive home a few days ago, I heard an age-old complaint from my daughter, one that most parents hear this time of the year: “Dad, I’m bored.”
By CARLOS GIMENEZ
I want to set the record straight regarding my proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15. When I was elected mayor, I promised to restore fiscal responsibility to our government and put Miami-Dade County on a sustainable path. For too long, the county has governed from budget crisis to budget crisis, and we have put an end to that.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy.
By MATT HAGGMAN
It was two years ago this week that the Knight Foundation announced a new bet on Miami. Alongside our ongoing work in the arts, we decided to invest in our city’s emerging innovators and entrepreneurs as a way to build community.
CHILDREN AT THE BORDER
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. That is the reality thousands of Central Americans face when deciding whether living in the shadows of violence, lawlessness and poverty at home is worse than paying a corrupt “coyote” to smuggle their children into the United States.
By JACK PAYNE
Victor Guzman showed up at the Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade in 1952 with what he remembers as simple instructions from his boss in Gainesville: “Go down to the Glades and solve the problems of the farmers.”
By KHURRUM WAHID
There have been several recent examples cited as evidence that Islam has a violent belief system and that Muslims, therefore, are a scourge that need eradication. Many saw the killing of three innocent Israeli teens through this filter of a violent Islam.
By JEFF JACOBY
Amid the sound and fury that greeted the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, many liberals had sharp words for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the federal law in which the court’s decision was grounded.
By TERRY MURPHY
The whole truth is often complicated. A partial truth is much easier to grasp. Partial truths about property taxes, told repeatedly, have made rational discussion about county taxes extremely difficult. Politicians repeatedly claim they have voted to keep the tax rate flat, or they lowered the tax rate, even when property taxes have increased. By focusing exclusively on the rate of taxation, we deny ourselves an opportunity to honestly discuss the truth about property taxes.
By DOYLE MCMANUS
The drone has become America’s counter-terrorism weapon of choice. But does drone warfare really further U.S. goals abroad?
BY TIM PADGETT
I’m as speechless as any sports fan on this planet. Seven-to-one. That’s how badly Germany defeated – no, demolished – Brazil in the semi-finals of the soccer World Cup on Tuesday.
By KELI GOFF
Incensed by President Obama’s plan to deport thousands of immigrant children who have arrived in the United States illegally in recent months, activists have taken to the streets to chide the president. Many protests have included children. At one, a young boy can be seen carrying a sign that reads, “No deportation of children fleeing violence and poverty.”