Greeks must decide to stay or go. Perhaps that is why it failed to come before the people. Perhaps that is why, when on May 6 the election was played out in a way that minimized the literal and more important question -- "Do you want to adopt the new agreement?" -- it failed again.
In a democracy, it is the people who need to have the power, not just the rich and powerful. Let us hope that Americans learn that their rights are very tenuous and need to be protected, rather than simply taken for granted.
If the international community intends to assist the people of Sudan -- all of it -- then it should assist its economic, political and social growth, not leave it in the hands of an authoritarian regime.
Whatever the outcome, the challenges in Southern Sudan are daunting. Some 51 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and more than half are under the age of eighteen. Only 27 percent of the adult population is literate.
The New Year is a time of new beginnings, a time for making resolutions. This year, I hope you will resolve to stand with the women of South Sudan as we move to peacefully define a new beginning for ourselves.
According to the students I spoke with in South Sudan, the referendum represents the culmination of more than 50 years of struggle, standing as the final step in a long and painful march to independence.
If anything kills the withering two-state solution, which could indeed happen very soon, it will be much greater forces than puny legislation passed by the most right-wing government in Israel's history.