Yemen is in crisis. Over 20 million people, nearly 80 percent of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Twelve million people have become food insecure since conflict in Yemen has escalated and 16 million people are without access to drinking water and sanitation.
The crisis of global warming is the great granddaddy of all cultural crises. I care about gay marriage. Gun control looms large in my thinking. But such concerns shrivel in importance when I consider the fact that our planet may soon no longer sustain life as we know it.
The internal Cuban economy suffers from a weakness such that the slightest price increase for a pound of steak or butter is enough to disrupt our fragile commercial framework. A few centavos added to the price of a food sends the thermometer of daily anxiety upward.