Drawing on an obviously deep knowledge of Jews and Israel -- and America and Americans -- the authors argue forcefully that it is these peoples' respective "chosenness" that renders them unique among nations.
The South African novelist J.M. Coetzee writes with a pen that's sharp as a knife, in ink made from his own blood. Or so it seems, for each word seems carved or cut, obtained at great price, offered as a sacrifice.
We need to take out the killer in us and transform that negative energy bringing down the US into something creative and positive that binds us together and builds us back into a strong healthy country.
Since it was first celebrated in New York City in 1882, Labor Day has celebrated the social and economic achievements of America's workers. I salute all these hardworking men and women, and say, despite these difficult times: Don't give up hope.
The same arguments marshaled against Jews and Catholics in previous eras are being advanced against Muslims today. Unity in America is not to be taken for granted. Every generation must both preserve and protect our nation's core principle.
In his new album, Al Jardine says that "the first set of songs is segued to appear united with one another so they tell a story. I love stories, we all do. We love that beginning, middle, and end kind of thing. It's just charming."
I was working in Ghana when Katrina occurred. The reaction of my Ghanaian coworker was, "America will rebuild New Orleans in no time!" He then qualified his statement: "America could rebuild New Orleans in no time, if it wanted to."
Chicagoans this week embraced a group of disabled Egyptians. They expressed their fascination with Egypt as a nation. In turn, the Egyptians made friends and embraced American culture and business know-how.
Sure, some trips are more fun than others, and some places' charms aren't evident at first glance. But I've never been anywhere that couldn't hold my attention or anywhere I would refuse to visit again.