CALL TO ACTION: CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVDE
By DAVID WILLIAMS
I was appointed to the city of Miami Gardens’ City Council in March 2011 and was subsequently elected councilman on January 2012. Since my appointment, I have been uniquely focused on improving the standard of education for the city’s youth and empowering their parents.
By FELECIA HATCHER
When I played basketball in high school, my coach Ms. Johnson would always tell the team, “We are only as strong as our weakest player, so it's important that everyone is comfortable with the ball.”
BY FRIDA GHITIS
One of the remarkable aspects of the war between Israel and Hamas and other Palestinian extremist groups in Gaza has been the degree to which Israelis stood together in almost complete consensus about the rightness of their country’s cause.
BY PAUL ANGELO
Child soldiers are the most helpless and most voiceless of the vast victim pool created by five decades of war in Colombia.
BY DANA MILBANK
The Republican Party has finally admitted what has been fairly obvious for much of the past six years: It produces fake news.
BY MARGARET CARLSON
For most people, summer is a treasured time to cool your heels in a cottage by a lake or in a hammock in the backyard. It’s not so simple for politicians. For them, deciding when and where to vacation can be perilous. Repair to a beach on the East Coast and you’re an out-of-touch elitist; stay away too long and you'll be asked who’s minding the store.
BACK TO SCHOOL
BY JACKIE MARTINEZ SANCHO
As parents gear up for the new school year, supplies are on the shopping list. Yet, many of our families — a shocking number — cannot afford them.
BY BAN KI-MOON
During a recent visit to the rural community of Los Palmas, Haiti, I had the opportunity to talk with families directly affected by the cholera epidemic that has been afflicting the country since the 2010 earthquake. One man explained that not only had the disease killed his sister, but his mother-in-law had also perished as she undertook the hours-long walk to the nearest hospital. He and his wife are now caring for five orphaned nieces and nephews.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
A riot can be many things.
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
BY JORGE FAMILIAR CALDERÓN
If it hadn’t been for my sixth grade teacher, I probably would have never spelled correctly in Spanish. But when I quietly confessed to her one afternoon that I had never learned the rules that govern where and when to apply accents, those diacritical marks that can change the meaning of a word and even a sentence, she made a special effort to make sure I did.
BY MARC WEINGARTEN
Not Robin. Not this way. Not any way.
BY LUIS ALBERTO MORENO
For the citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the crisis prompted by the surge of children from Latin America coming across the U.S. border is not simply an immigration story. It is about more than unemployment, poverty, gang violence and the other forces that split families and lead parents to make desperate decisions.
BY MICHAEL ORTEGA
On Saturday, it will be exactly 20 years since a six-year-old from Miami Springs wished for and received a treehouse in his backyard. It was painted purple, had the owner’s name on the door, and came with a giant sandbox.
BY DANA MILBANK
If the CIA spends half as much energy finding terrorists as it has spent fighting Congress, we should feel very safe.
BY TIM PADGETT
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández dropped by the U.S. Southern Command in Miami last week to talk about security in Central America. Or the utter lack of security in Central America. Honduras has the highest murder rate on Earth, and things are almost as deadly in neighboring Guatemala and El Salvador.
BY ARVA MOORE PARKS
As a frequent user and long-time supporter of our Miami-Dade Public Library System, I was overjoyed by the outpouring of the hundreds who came to the County Commission meeting to make the case for additional library funding.
BY MICHAEL GERSON
As more than 40 African leaders gather in Washington for an unprecedented summit, Africa’s brand problem in America has grown significantly worse. Two events — the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram and a currently uncontrolled Ebola outbreak in West Africa — have tuned in clearly through the news and social media static. And they have reinforced existing public impressions of disorder and disease.
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
Americans are increasingly unhappy about the economy, and they blame Washington politicians on both sides of the aisle for their anxiety. This is the conclusion drawn from a WSJ/NBC News poll that mirrors a Gallup poll released two days earlier. In case you had your doubts, the results are in: Americans have had it with business as usual in the nation’s capital.
By SUE VALENTINE
Now that Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest growing markets, African and global leaders have been quick to embrace the mantra of “Africa rising.” However, it is just as inadequate a stereotype as the media shorthand that dubbed the continent the “hopeless continent” in 2000.
By ANTHONY BOURDAIN
I desperately wanted to film in Iran. My show, Parts Unknown, examines cuisines and cultures around the world, and I’ve found that if I merely show up and ask simple questions — “What’s for dinner? What do you like to eat? do you like to cook? Where did his dish originate and why?” — people always surprise me. I try to suspend judgment, to put aside what I know or think I know and travel without fear or prejudice. I try, first and foremost, to be a good guest. People everywhere are proud of their food and their culture, and even where they have little reason to be kind to an American (Vietnam, Cuba, Gaza, the West Bank), I’ve been welcomed with enormous generosity again and again: the kindnesses of strangers. I’d heard that the Islamic Republic would be, once I got inside, particularly hospitable and rewarding.