One problem with Friedman's September 14 column is that it creates the erroneous impression that Chinese online politics equals blogging. In reality, online bulletin boards and chat rooms are also very important.
I recently assisted in a surgical procedure in Kabul on a young boy. The chief surgeon was an Afghan man. I didn't know how he would respond to a woman as our fierce Asian eyes met over surgical masks.
The ongoing internal conflict within the main opposition United National Party (UNP) is now unfolding in public, with independent statements, accusations and denials highlighting the party's fragmentation.
The ruling delivered last Wednesday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of five men subjected to "extraordinary rendition" and torture, is so troubling it takes a while to digest.
A profound societal change is needed that must start at the top. That vacuum of authority can be filled by a legitimate, unifying national leader that is seen as uncorrupt and has the capacity to build an independent nation.
The American public's oppugnancy to the erection of the "ground zero mosque" only serves to reinforce the worst fears of Muslims around the globe -- which is a shame because obstructing such an endeavor couldn't be more un-American.
On Friday, I received a White House e-mail with links to five "Israel can do no wrong" statements by the White House. They couldn't be more blatant. "Election Day Is Coming. And We LOVE Israel." Cynical much?
The Israelis will never tire of their obsession with Judge Richard Goldstone. Because he had the temerity to write a UN report calling Israel's actions in Gaza "war crimes," they are utterly unhinged by the man.
Balkanization does seem like an extreme step at first blush, and perhaps Pakistan should be given another chance. Yet, after considering Pakistan's historic and current relationship with Al Qaeda -- it becomes much easier to justify.