Alexandria, Egypt—Parliamentarians’ offices typically feature self-flattering photos and patriotic paraphernalia, so I was taken aback by the décor of recently elected Muslim Brotherhood MP Saber Abouel Fotouh’s Alexandria headquarters.
Inequality, as my colleague Tim Noah will tell you, reflects many factors. But one of them is education, particularly early childhood education. Young children from more affluent families get quality care and teaching, while less affluent children do not. And that disparity inevitably affects how these children fare later in life -- intellectually, emotionally, and, ultimately, financially. But what do we do about it?
The diplomatic documents had barely stopped drifting down from the Israeli Embassy in Egypt when New York Times columnist Nick Kristof referenced the root causes of the attack, as he saw them: “Attacking the Israeli embassy doesn’t help Gazans, doesn’t bring back the dead,” he tweeted.
Are you watching the live feed from Al Jazeera English? Are you following Nick Kristof on Twitter? I am. I am not remotely qualified to comment on Mubarak's resignation and what it all means. Does the military try to rule the way Mubarak did? Would the people accept that? Would the alternative be more liberal democracy--or less? But I know enough to celebrate this moment.
Iran has a mission, its own American mission. It's to rescue us from our "non-democratic bullying administration." Actually, this message of sympathy was issued on June 16. But it was, so to speak, in the spirit of the times. Part of the evidence is the absence of criticism of Israel and Zionism. Tell that to the New York Times or, for that matter, Nick Kristof and Peter Beinart who are making a new career out of whining about the Jews.
Is climate change gender-neutral? Not according to the U.N. Population Fund, which earlier today released a report arguing that women suffer disproportionately from the impacts of global warming. Especially in developing countries, they can't flee changes like desertification and sea-level rise as easily as young men, who aren’t as tied to children and households. They're often caught up in civil conflicts ignited by scarce resources.
At least, Boris Christoff pretended neither love nor tough love. But his soppy landsman Nick Kristof traffics in both, "love" for humankind and the Palestinians but what he calls "tough love" for Israel.