| Apr 22, 2009
Re "Obama defends greeting Chavez," April 20
I found the warmth obvious in President Obama's handshake and embrace of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to be offensive. Chavez is a petty tyrant who defies democratic norms and has called...
| Jun 10, 2009
Today's topic: The Times recently reported on charter schools in Oakland that openly mock liberal orthodoxy and practice harsh disciplinary procedures. Are charter schools afforded too much latitude in teaching ideology to their students? How much...
| Apr 27, 2009
Gated communities. Excellent schools. The prestige of a Weston address. And of course water moccasins, alligators, a bear and wild hogs.
There is a challenging side to living in one of South Florida's wealthiest cities. The community of 62,000 juts...
| Jul 9, 2011
El camino hacia el socialismo o comunismo, como quiera uno llamarlo en Cuba y Venezuela ha sido distinto.
El primero vino de sopetón, impuesto por la fuerza de una revolución traicionada.
El segundo ha sido más paulatino. Doce años después que Hugo...
| Apr 17, 2009
President Obama pledged Thursday that the U.S. would become a better partner in curbing the flow of arms that have aggravated a bloody drug war in Mexico, but acknowledged that political realities make it tough for him to ban some of the most potent...
| Apr 26, 2009
The reading list for my college core course at UC Santa Cruz in the early 1970s included a book by a young Uruguayan author, Eduardo Galeano, called "Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent." The book, which excoriated...
| Jul 14, 2009
De facto, interim or congressionally installed -- no matter the qualifier -- Roberto Micheletti is not the president of Honduras. Manuel Zelaya is, and like him or not, the man who was ousted in a military-civilian coup on June 28 should be returned to...
| Feb 16, 2009
Putting aside concerns over a worsening economy, rising crime and increasing social polarization, Venezuelan voters gave President Hugo Chavez a resounding victory Sunday on a constitutional amendment that will allow him to run for reelection...
| Feb 17, 2009
Venezuela just took a democratic step closer to dictatorship. On Sunday, President Hugo Chavez won the right to seek reelection ad infinitum, prevailing in a referendum that eliminated term limits for the presidency and other elected offices. Although the...
| Mar 13, 2009
Though tame perhaps by today's standards, El Salvador's civil war in the 1980s was a brutal front in the Cold War that claimed 75,000 lives. The country was a frightening place where right-wing hit men assassinated the archbishop of San Salvador as he...
| Mar 14, 2009
Today, Fidel Castro will fire another round in his battle with the United States that began 47 years ago when the Kennedy administration imposed an economic embargo on Cuba. Castro may be on his deathbed, but he has surrogates.
In this case, it will...