By losing our influence with Cairo, the United States is on a path to becoming marginalized in this critical part of the world. Leaders in other American allies, including Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are frustrated by Washington's unwillingness to assist itself in the Middle East.
It wasn't a big weekend in movies except for the stunning if a tad overrated Gravity, but two noteworthy political figures had prominent roles. Unfortunately for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, it didn't prove to be a big box office weekend for either.
Roberts says his mere presence will give LGBT Russians hope. How convenient that his "activism" comes with a big fat paycheck. That's not courageous journalism. That's shameless opportunism.
Iran is out maneuvering and out witting the United States and the West at almost every twist and turn. The reason is simple -- and sad.
In the big world beyond the vastly expensive Beltway sandbox of vicious political ping pong and hyper-partisan gamesmanship, China's official press agency is using the debacle to call for "a de-Americanized world."
History is change. Unless the United States does something radically different or unless the Chinese miracle of operating a booming economy in a repressive society implodes, the question is when China will surpass us economically. Not whether.
Did I lose you with the "gay" bit? Let me explain. Love it or hate it, since time immemorial, there is likely one guy or gal out of every 10 who is gay. Lots of former Olympians compete in Gay Games. And -- finally getting to the point -- lots of gays compete in the Olympics.
Now, after more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands more uprooted from their homes or taking refuge in Turkey and Jordan, the muddled situation is becoming clearer.
Russia's crackdown on freedom of expression should offend sports fans -- and human rights activists -- everywhere. Freedom is central to enjoying sports and politics.
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.
The president has a lot of nerve to actually run the country while the GOP harms millions of people shutting down the U.S. government. The reality is that the press is not helping by paying far too much attention to the ilk of Senator Ted Cruz.
Imagine a large salami in the center of a table. First, Putin offers to cut the salami down the middle. He takes out his knife and cuts it. Then puts one half in his bag. He looks at the remaining salami on the table and says, "Now let's talk about how we'll divide the salami."
Two years ago then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled her own Silk Road initiative, which called for integrating Afghanistan into the booming economies of the broader region. That integration remains problematic and as Xi's low-key tour suggests it is likely to occur only with China playing the leading role.
Within minutes of Massive Attack V Adam Curtis beginning at the Park Avenue Armory, where it plays through Friday (October 4), I suspected it was goin...
Is Obama getting them right? Well, it looks like pretzel logic at times, and I can't imagine that what we are seeing is the unfolding of an overall scenario, but he may be on his way to extricating himself from impasses on Syria and Iran.
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.