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.
By JACK PAYNE
A team of scientists believes a great place to search for the best sites for future Walmarts is in the guts of a grasshopper. The research involves capturing some of your bugs — though, sorry, not enough to keep them away from your barbecues, soccer games and beaches.
By JOE CARDONA
One of my recent posts on Facebook triggered a response that few other topics or themes do. I wrote about disco music and the scene here in Miami. The reaction to my simple, seemingly superficial post was overwhelming — visceral and heartfelt.
By BRENDA ONYANGO, RITIKA PATIL AND SILVIA MAYER
It is 85.60 × 53.98 mm of plastic — these are the dimensions of a “green card.” It’s disturbing that this piece of plastic is what separates treating someone with dignity from treating someone with reproach and without empathy.
BY URI DROMI
Assuming that sooner or later the fragile situation in Gaza will stabilize (with or without another exchange of blows between Israel and Hamas), the question then should not be who won and who lost, but rather, Where do we — Israelis and Palestinians — go from here?
BY JOY-ANN REID
When my children were very young, the oldest still in elementary school, summers involved elaborate plans to entertain three energetic kids who’d inherited the artsy tastes of their parents. One of those frequent field trips involved excursions to MOCA, the contemporary art museum in North Miami, whose summer programs for children and occasional — not frequent enough — excursions into exhibitions reaching the African Diaspora were a rare cultural touchstone that brought Miamians of all backgrounds together.
By E.J. DIONNE JR.
When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain-vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines?
BY BEAU BRIDGES
The man walked directly to me in the restaurant and placed the business end of his pistol between my eyes. This stranger quickly became the most important person I had ever met. Police responded. A gun battle ensued, and the man was ultimately apprehended. And I’m not the only one. Four out of seven members of my immediate family have had a loaded firearm pointed at them with bad intentions.
BY DANA MILBANK
The unfriendly airwaves of talk radio this week gave us an inadvertently revealing moment.
BY PAULA DOCKERY
On the campaign trail, Gov. Rick Scott launched his latest themed tour. This one is pleasantly named “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful.” What a lovely thought!
WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT
BY BARACK OBAMA
Quick quiz. Which statement describes Africa today?
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
“...but we tortured some folks.”
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY
There was a time — and not that long ago — when the public interest was well represented in Tallahassee. Acting on its behalf were such lawmakers from South Florida as Dick Pettigrew, Bill Sadowski, Marshall Harris, Jack Gordon, Sandy D’Alemberte, Elaine Gordon, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Bob Butterworth, and Carrie Meek, to mention a few who come easily to mind.
In My Opinion
By Glenn Garvin
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.
BY CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER
It is worthwhile, though hair-raising, to read Kidnap for Ransom and Extortion Assessment, a report by Hazelwood Street Consultants, LLC, headed by attorney Bruce Kaplan. It can be found on the Internet.
BY KEVIN MCCARTHY
Last Friday, I became the majority leader of the House of Representatives. As I assume my role, Congress has a 12-percent approval rating. While Washington remains gridlocked, many unfortunately see Congress as an institution full of constant conflict and opposition, not ideas.
By MOHAMMAD SHAKIR
My heart goes out to the grieving widow of an Israeli soldier. May God comfort her and ease her pain.
‘OTHER THAN HONORABLE’ DISCHARGE
BY LIAM MCGIVERN
Several elected officials from South Florida and numerous agencies are planning a Veterans Outreach Event on Aug. 7 to help local veterans obtain benefits, driver’s licenses and IDs, bus passes and access to other services. The event’s organizers should be commended for their efforts.