Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Today is Human Rights Day, when we honor the incredible work of human rights advocates around the world. It is also a time when we should demand the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Thursday, December 05, 2019
People from China will often ask me, "Why are Westerners like you so obsessed with what happened in Beijing in 1989?"
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
As the gig economy sweeps through more industries, many of us are benefiting from the extraordinary convenience and lower prices that companies like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and others provide. But what about the workers?
For all the fears that the U.S. and China are unwinding the economic ties that drove decades of global prosperity, it's striking how much recent optimism depends upon the two countries.
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Politics and sports don't mix well. Just ask Colin Kaepernick. But sometimes politics intrudes on athletic competition in a way that can't be ignored. Thoroughbred racing, already grappling with a terrible track record of horse deaths, is enveloped in yet another political and moral catastro…
In 1217, two years after England's King John signed the Magna Carta, King Henry III agreed to a companion document, the Charter of the Forest. Royalty, nobles and the clergy were at odds over claims to land that had once been shared by all. The charter intervened, codifying the concept of pu…
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends of all generations gather. I look forward to this event; it is a time of joy and gratitude. But I'm also a little apprehensive. I remember past Thanksgivings when I was young. After the meal, discussions of serious issues sometimes turned into h…
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
American students remain stumped by math. The 2019 scores for the National Assessment of Educational Progress test -- known as NAEP -- were published last month, showing that performance for fourth- and eighth-graders hasn't budged since 2009. That's a year after the National Mathematics Adv…
It is one of the most effective ways to protect our health: herd immunity. By vaccinating the vast majority of people in a population, we can guard against the spread of potentially deadly infections. When we allow this collective immunity to dissipate, the results can be devastating -- some…
The new movie "The Report" is a powerful telling of the story of the Senate investigation into the horrors of the CIA's torture program and the fight to allow the public to see what the government had done in its name.
Saturday, November 23, 2019
The opening days of the House impeachment inquiry deepened the sharp political divisions that make our country more polarized than we once could have imagined. We seem unable to find common ground on even the most fundamental issues of law and evidence. On those same days, I saw commemoratio…
Thursday, November 21, 2019
The 2020 presidential field is saturated with candidates decrying wealth inequality and making the argument to soak the rich. One front-runner, for instance, is constantly denouncing "the millionaires and the billionaires." Ominously, a New York Times poll found that two-thirds of Americans …
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The policy of the United States toward North Korea can be summed up succinctly: Sanctions, sanctions and more sanctions. The U.S. believes its policy of "maximum pressure" will cause North Korea to denuclearize, but it appears to be having the opposite effect, hardening North Korea's resista…
Saturday, November 16, 2019
For a decade now, many of us working in human rights have warned Western nations about the dangers of running covert assassination programs. U.S. drone strikes have terrorized communities, killed civilians and generated hatred.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
On Nov. 1, presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced a proposal billed as a financing plan for "Medicare for All." Unfortunately, it does not even acknowledge, let alone finance, the costs of Medicare for All.