Jean-Claude Duvalier Is Dead, But He Will Haunt Haiti for Years to Come
October 06, 2014

"Baby Doc" inherited a country and a dictatorship, and squandered them both.

Sean Penn Accuses the Media of Ignoring Haiti's Progress. But He's Ignoring a Few Uncomfortable Facts, Too.
June 19, 2014

"Headlines continue to spin Haiti as a dark, poverty-entrenched no-man's-land," he writes.

Four Years Later
April 13, 2014

Four years after an earthquake killed more than 200,000, here's what life in the country looks like today.

Torture, America, and the Laws of War
December 21, 2012

Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American HistoryBy John Fabian Witt (Free Press, 498 pp., $32)   WAR IS ABOUT killing, maiming, and destroying. Yet in its midst men have sought heroism not only in savage acts of bravery but also in observing limits, in finding a way to affirm their and their adversaries’ common humanity, in the concept of honor as a higher expression of morality than is attainable even in peace.

Mitt Romney, Latter-Day Neocon
August 24, 2012

IN MITT ROMNEY’S 2010 campaign book, No Apology: The Case for National Greatness, the former Massachusetts governor cites twelve countries that the United States has invaded for the “cause of freedom.” Readers expecting to learn about World War II or the downfall of Slobodan Milošević might be surprised by Romney’s list.

Texts From Barack: The Era of Cell Phone Fundraising is Upon Us
June 13, 2012

We’ve all gotten used to emails from Michelle, Barack, and Sarah Jessica, but starting soon, it will be our cell phones that we’re checking for those dinner invites. On Monday, the FEC allowed political campaigns, PACs, and super PACs to receive cash donations via text message for the first time. There’s good reason to believe such impulsive texts could be a windfall for political campaigns; a January PEW study on text-message donations to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake found that three-quarters of the gifts were spur-of-the-moment and conducted without much deliberation.

No, Israel Isn’t Turning into an Iran-Style Theocracy
February 02, 2012

The demonizing of Israel, dismissing the democratic Jewish state as a right-wing, religious, racist project, continues. The latest storyline describes ultra-Orthodox Israelis—known in Hebrew as haredim—as medieval Neanderthals rapidly converting Israel into an Iran-style theocracy. This popular caricature encourages those liberals seeking excuses to stop supporting Israel.

Rebirth on the Bayou: Lessons from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast
August 26, 2011

What we learned from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

A Reprieve for Haitians in the United States
May 20, 2011

Earlier this week, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano announced that the U.S. would extend Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to Haitians living here who have been affected by the earthquake of January, 2010. This extends both the length and the scope of the initial TPS designation to last an additional 18 months and to include Haitians who entered the U.S. after the earthquake (many of whom were evacuated by U.S. forces) and for whom returning to Haiti would endanger their personal safety. TPS allows recipients to live and work legally in the United States.