With much of the recent debate on LGBT rights (or the lack thereof) focused on the Russian anti-gay laws and how they will impact the Winter Olympics, scheduled to begin Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, it was encouraging to see the UN General Assembly include a positive focus on LGBT rights.
America is being judged by what's going on in the Washington clown show. The right-wing faction behind it is like the proverbial barking dog that catches the car -- no idea what to do now. And almost certainly no real grasp of the trouble it's causing.
It seems like almost everyone in the American-Jewish community - with the exception of a few on the extreme right and the far left - supports the two-...
How quickly we forget war's multidimensional and devastating costs. How thoughtlessly we label the crucial act of remembering as "blindness," and judge ourselves and others for our understandable weariness.
Last week's carnage in Nairobi underscores the importance of curtailing the flow of guns into the hands of governments like that of Syria or groups like the Somali-based Al-Shabab who use conventional arms to commit atrocities.
As Americans we should make the effort to reach out to Iran and show them that we want better relations as much -- no, more than -- our government.
A few writers saw Obama's speech at the General Assembly as an effort to craft an "Obama Doctrine." In fact, it was anything but a new "doctrine." Instead of framing hard fast answers, the President asked tough questions.
Whether one thinks the turn of events in Syria and Iran were stage managed by the Obama team, or as many of his critics claim the lucky result of a muddled and fumbling U.S. policy, the fact remains that the Obama administration is on the cusp of engineering a major reset of the Middle East's geopolitical landscape.
The fact that LGBT rights violations were, for the first time, the subject of a ministerial meeting was widely noticed by diplomats, the media and other observers. It's a sign of the increasing visibility of these issues, and of the political importance that many countries now attach to them.
In a court, Kerry's case might be seen as circumstantial at best, certainly not enough for a jury to return a guilty verdict in a murder trial.
It's that time of year again! It's the UN General Assembly -- when representatives from 193 countries around the world descend on Midtown Manhattan to end poverty and stop wars by engaging in the caliber of discussion that embodies humanity's highest ideals.
As the once-too-near and perhaps future disaster of the Syrian crisis is again reminding us, Team America has lost much of its margin for error, shrinking further in a decade of austerity.
Russian diplomat Leonid Kupetsky says that this is an important step for international diplomacy. "The faster President Assad returns to his normal forms of slaughter, the faster the United States, Russia, and the rest of the world can return to ignoring it."
No good deed goes unpunished, as the French say. Case in point: President Obama's drawing and holding a "red line" against Syrian president Bashar al...
Diplomacy instead of bombs may get rid of Syria's chemical weapons but an end to the bloody civil war that has left more than 100,000 dead is not even close.
The agreement that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov hammered out in Geneva at week's end will, if implemented, prove a milestone in the century-long effort to contain the horrors of modern war.