Mitt Romney has very big problems as he contemplates rolling into Florida's hurricane country for an even windier than usual GOP confab. Frankly, he's fortunate that he's not already set to lose by a landslide.
Today, across the world, in multiple contexts, the allure of the bicycle knows no bounds. For the past several years, I have been documenting this trend with my own photographs, in order to tell a short story with minimal words.
Romney has not tried to differentiate himself from Obama in any transformational way -- he has simply amped the volume. Although the economy will drive this election, foreign policy does matter because it's the government function over which the president has the most direct control.
In Iranian eyes, this would confer the legitimacy, support and photo ops the country craves. Iranian officials have been fanning out all over the world, using both "carrots" and "sticks" at their disposal, to promote attendance. Will they succeed?
Republicans and Democrats can squabble endlessly over the percentages of territory each will cede, but this is the broad framework that we are likely headed towards. And yet, no agreement has been reached. Why?
Did Romney have anything of sophistication and significance to say about the bubbling, and potentially lethal, current crises in the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea? He had nothing to say on the latter, though he wants to "get tough" with China in general.
As states distribute free condoms to promote public health while arresting those suspected of engaging in sex work for possessing them, they waste resources and muddle public messaging about the necessity of practicing safe sex.
Lloyd Gardner's Road to Tahrir Square exposes how the U.S. empowered Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak with the "tools of repression" for the past 30 years and the extent to which American policymakers have shaped Egypt's destiny, including the very outcome of its historic revolution.
For decades Haiti has fought a reputational battle against those in the international community and the media that portray Haiti as an eternally poor, ravaged nation unable to stand on its own feet, forever dominated by outside interests and without the ability to prosper.