BY STEVE BOUSQUET
Elections supervisors in Florida think of themselves as being in the customer service business.
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
BY ALICIA BARCENA
As we come to the end of the year, we, the women of Latin America and the Caribbean can be satisfied and hopeful, thanks to the commitments made by our countries in the area of gender equality.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
I like capitalism.
BY LUIS CARLOS VILLEGAS
The opening decades of the 21st century have witnessed the dawning of a new Colombia. The nation has turned the tide on a long-running terrorist insurgency to achieve a level of security and stability that has given birth to one of the region’s most dynamic economies. Colombia moved from isolation to regional leadership.
BY MARY SANCHEZ
America will soon nod respectfully to the first anniversary of the 26 murders that “shocked the nation” last year, sparking fervent cries for action.
By ELSA MOREJON
A few weeks ago, President Obama invited my husband, Oscar Elias Biscet, and me to a dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Many thought that in light of Obama’s efforts to improve relations between the United States and Cuba, Gen. Raúl Castro, Cuba’s president, would approve a passport for Oscar so that he could attend. Such was not the case.
IN MY OPINION
BY GLENN GARVIN
A couple of weeks ago, accosted on the street by paparazzi, MSNBC talk-show host Alec Baldwin spontaneously uncorked a homophobic slur. The result: The network kicked him off the air, for good.
By EUGENE ROBINSON
U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries may be militarily effective, but they are killing innocent civilians in a way that is obscene and immoral. I’m afraid that ignoring this ugly fact makes Americans complicit in murder.
A SON’S PLEA
By DAN LEVINSON
On Tuesday, my father, Robert Levinson, will become the longest-held hostage in U.S. history. Sadly, his six years and eight months in captivity surpass the 2,454 days that Terry Anderson, the former Associated Press bureau chief in Beirut, was held from his family.
By TRUDY RUBIN
At a recent Georgetown University symposium, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, and John Kerry all urged Americans not to abandon Afghan women after U.S. troops exit next year.
By RAMESH PONNURU
Recently, Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, picked just the right words to make an increasingly hot controversy even hotter.
BY PAULA DOCKERY
According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, Floridians support legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes by a whopping 82-16 margin crossing all party lines. Frustrated by decades of inaction by the Florida Legislature, citizens have taken it into their own hands to put the issue directly before voters through a citizens’ initiative.
BY URI DROMI
Following the Geneva agreement between the six world powers and Iran, the Israelis were caught in the dilemma of whom they should believe: their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who had said that this was a bad deal, a historical blunder and that the Iranians got everything they wanted and gave nothing back; or President Obama, who had praised the agreement because, in his words, “for the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back.”
BY ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN
The people of Honduras have spoken and declared that they want a prosperous future for themselves and their nation. I commend and congratulate the Honduran people and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal for carrying out a peaceful and transparent election without major incidents.
CUBAN CIVIL SOCIETY
BY YOANI SÁNCHEZ
Noel repairs the blades of the fan. He has a little workshop in a doorway in Cerro neighborhood in Havana.
BY KELI GOFF
Last month Twitter found itself the latest major tech company to face criticism for a lack of diversity — a jarring lack of diversity, to be more precise. It was revealed that the company’s entire board of directors consists of white males.
BY ISAAC PRILLELTENSKY
As we were leaving, I held the door open for the couple coming into the restaurant. I could tell they were pretentious because of their clothing, perfume, watches, shoes, glasses, hairdo, height, accent and eyelashes. Neither said “thank you,” though, which wouldn’t have surprised me had they been from Miami, but they looked from the Northeast.
By BILL NEWTON
Our emergency storm kits may still be intact, but after eight storm-free years, a financial burden for all Floridians continues to loom overhead. While the risk associated with Florida’s state-run insurance entities — Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (Cat Fund) — may now be less, there is still more work that needs to be done.
By RICHARD L. FOX and JENNIFER L. LAWLESS
During the 2012 presidential election, we conducted a national survey of more than 4,200 high school and college students. We asked about their attitudes toward politics and current events, their career aspirations and their political ambition. The results are stark. Only 11 percent of our survey respondents reported that, someday, when they were older, they might consider running for political office.
By JENNIFER RUBIN
For some time, the House has been called “dysfunctional” by critics on the right and the left. House hardliners were largely responsible for the government shutdown. The speaker has undergone a series of ordeals, including the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the “fiscal cliff,” because a significant segment of his caucus is unrealistic. But now the House is at least doing its job professionally.