As Obama and his team muddle toward their finish line, their achievements negligible, we might even express a modicum of gratitude. When they depart the scene, we will forget the lot of them. Yet at least they managed to steer clear of truly epic disasters.
Davos is ironically not about material luxury (only princelings, billionaires and those with a security entourage occupy the few hotels of grandeur), but about the fervor of connectivity with which deals can be made and the world can be changed.
If the U.S. is serious about the two-state solution, it needs to do much more to help end occupation and support non-violent Palestinian actions in this direction.
Heather Zichal, former top climate and energy aide to President Barack Obama his top aide in crafting his 2008 presidential campaign energy platform, has joined the industry-funded Atlantic Council as a fellow at its Global Energy Center.
Using Orwellian logic, U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power claimed that the resolution calling for the establishment of two states for two peoples would somehow undermine the effort "that makes it possible to achieve two states for two people."
It is unconscionable that an innocent people continue to be killed and be betrayed by their own president, albeit that the diplomats in Kinshasa refer to him as "le petit rwandais," who is supposed to serve and protect the Congolese people.
As many around the world said to Americans in September 2001, we say to the men and women throughout Paris, France and Europe today: You are not alone. Our unity will ultimately triumph, and our cause will ultimately prevail.
To watch it unfold on TV was to see it as a war zone; to be here in Paris was to know true fear and mistrust. It was visible in the averted gazes of Parisians; it was palpable on the Metro and on the streets as gendarmes descended by the busload.
Half a world away, the State Department said that it was "concerned", and called on Azerbaijan to conduct a "transparent" investigation in line with Baku's "international commitment to protecting media freedom." Human rights activists were not impressed.
We have no shortage of people in the Asia Society network with ideas and suggestions about what the next year will bring. The other night we hosted a panel on "Asia 2015," a whirlwind tour of the continent's near future.
The Cold War against Cuba not only made life worse for ordinary Cubans. It also diminished America's own democracy and undermined its lofty spoken commitments to human rights and the rule of law.
After finishing 34 hours late, some people left the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2014 (COP20), held in Lima, Peru, with conclusions and others with confusion and dismay.
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Congress wraps up for the year with Republican anti-environment initiatives to be signed by the President; UN climate summit wraps up in Peru
Instead of leading the way at the international level, the United States seems bent on pushing other countries out in front. That's unworkable and morally outrageous given how badly our government has failed to live up to its prior climate promises.
It's rare for politicians from these two countries to stray from the narratives of suspicion and intransigence that have prevented productive collaboration for over half a century. Yet that's just what has happened in the last few weeks.
Australia goaded into joining UN Green Climate Fund; PLUS: 'Freedom Industries' boss facing accountability in West Virginia chemical spill... All that and more in today's Green News Report!