July 25, 2013 |
TWO YEARS into its existence as an independent state , South Sudan is teetering on the edge of the abyss . Often described by U.S. officials as a hopeful example of a new democracy forged out of decades of civil war that cost millions of lives, South Sudan and its adversary, Sudan, are again mired in human suffering and conflict. The latest crisis erupted this week when South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir , a veteran rebel commander, fired the cabinet , the vice president ...
July 5, 2013
Regarding the July 1 front-page article " Budget cuts, but no chaos ": Sequestration is a lot scarier than The Post conveyed if you're a family unable to get housing assistance, parents coping with their child's Head Start program ending early or a senior on a waiting list for meals. The article was incomplete in showing the harm already inflicted. The Coalition on Human Needs has compiled a list of the impact of the sequester since March....
June 27, 2013 |
AFTER A YEAR of misrule by its first democratically elected government, Egypt is hurtling toward a potentially catastrophic political conflict this weekend. It's a confrontation that is unlikely to benefit either the Islamist government or its mostly secular opposition, but it could destroy Egypt's hopes for consolidating a stable democracy or addressing its profound economic problems. The Tamarod or "rebel" movement has called for Egyptians to take to the streets Sunday, the anniversary of President Mohamed Morsi's government ,...
May 31, 2013 |
This morning, I guiltily glanced at my daughter's unfinished kindergarten homework packet for May, figuring that I would try to sneak it in on Monday, and that's still pretty close to the end of May, right? Turns out it was due May 24. I made this discovery somewhere between sorting money for end-of-the-year teacher and coach gifts into the correct envelopes, responding to an e-mail about a day camp for my daughter,...
April 24, 2013 |
Spring arrives. People tell me that this must be my favorite time of year. I smile outwardly while screaming on the inside. Sometimes I think the whole point of gardening is to mitigate against the craziness of April by getting as much as possible done at other times. When I savor the spring, it is because I look at work already done: the climbing rose I pruned and tied in January, the burgeoning Asian maple I planted in October, or the hundreds of tulips I buried in November. But as much as you seek to...
April 21, 2013 |
Have you ever suspected that devils walk among us, insidious creatures who pretend to be as benevolent as you or I, but who in truth exist to inject chaos into our world? I cannot doubt that such demons exist. At least one now sits on our Supreme Court, another was our president not so long ago, and countless others scurry about our fair city legislating and lobbying for their nefarious agendas. Of course, you and I may not agree on which ones are the devils; thus do they cloud our minds, or at least yours.