Opinion

  • TORTURE REPORT REVEALS A MORAL CROSSROADS

    WASHINGTON -- Some months ago, I was speaking with one of the world's most eloquent critics of torture, Dr. Cherif Bassiouni in Chicago. At one point, I asked the professor emeritus of law at DePaul University that old question: What would you do if one person held the secret to destroying the…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • NOT ALL IS CALM

    The election was only six weeks ago, and New Year's Day is less than three weeks away. This is supposed to be a quiet time, filled with holiday gatherings, family meals, festive songs and a carol with the word "silent" in its title. Not this year. No one can say all is calm, all is bright.Instead,…

    David Shribman
  • TORTURE NOT ONLY MORALLY CORRUPTING BUT INEFFECTIVE AS WELL

    Blame it on Hollywood.Too many spy movies and post-9/11 television dramas featured a hard-charging protagonist whose mission is to stop the evildoers by any means necessary. Torture is an oft-used weapon in his arsenal. Just think of "24's" Jack Bauer, who rarely paused before subjecting a suspect…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • TWO GRAND JURIES, THE SAME DISAPPOINTING RESULT

    No expressions of sympathy or regret can resurrect Eric Garner, the New York City man killed by police in July. Garner died after an officer placed him in what appears to be a chokehold during an arrest for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, an offense not usually regarded as a capital…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • HISTORY COMES IN ALL SIZES

    The most contentious historical question in the country is not a dispute over whether the United States is at heart a revolutionary or conservative force in world affairs, nor a conflict over how deep was Abraham Lincoln's devotion to the anti-slavery cause, nor even a battle over the origins of…

    David Shribman
  • BLACK PEOPLE THE MEDIA HATE (AND RAND PAUL ISN'T WILD ABOUT)

    Now that the Ferguson grand jury documents have been made public, even MSNBC has had to quietly drop its fantasy of Michael Brown being gunned down like a dog in the street by Officer Darren Wilson. Instead, MSNBC is defending the looters.On Monday night, MSNBC's Chris Hayes objected to anyone…

    Ann Coulter
  • THE COLORS OF POLITICS

    NORTH CONWAY, N.H. -- In autumn, the faraway hills here are so ablaze with color -- shimmering reds, deep oranges -- that no single hue or tint stands out. But in winter, the North Country becomes a portrait in black and white, and this November, the contrasts already seem to have sharpened. ...

    David Shribman
  • IMMIGRANTS' ENERGY AND VITALITY OUGHT TO BE CELEBRATED

    "This is a blessing from God.""I've always had to look behind my back. Now I don't have to worry so much.""This is a very amazing moment."According to news reports, those sentiments -- hope, relief, gratitude, joy -- have been expressed by immigrants heartened by President Obama's decision to delay…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • LIBERALS WILLING TO FIGHT TO THE LAST DROP OF BLACK BLOOD

    The riot in Ferguson reminds me, I hate criminals, but I hate liberals more. They planned this riot. They stoked the fire, lied about the evidence and produced a made-to-order riot.Every other riot I've ever heard of was touched off by some spontaneous event that exploded into mob violence long…

    Ann Coulter
  • HARD TRUTHS MUST PREVAIL IN IMMIGRATION POLICY

    WASHINGTON -- Immigration to American shores is in the newspapers and on television every day now, and many Americans doubtless believe they know what this bedeviling problem is really about. They would feel secure, for instance, in endorsing these common beliefs about the mass movements of people…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • CLIFF HUXTABLE AND BILL COSBY ARE NO LONGER THE SAME MAN

    Until last week, TV Land allowed me a pleasant half-hour escape to a heartwarming, 1980s-era comedy that featured an affluent black family living in Brooklyn, New York, the Huxtables. Anchored by well-educated, professional parents -- the father an obstetrician, the mother an attorney -- the family…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • WHOM DO WE THANK FOR THANKSGIVING?

    In a nation with fewer and fewer shared experiences, one remains resilient, rich and redolent of memory. Thanksgiving is our most beloved American holiday, and its story -- about grace and gratitude, played out on a wilderness tableau of brotherhood -- is a venerated part of our national narrative.…

    David Shribman
  • GREEDY WARS ERODE OUR MORAL FOUNDATION

    WASHINGTON -- In addition to all the "happy" news these days -- from the invasion of Ukraine, to the horrendous beheadings by ISIS, to China's designs on world power -- one concern suspiciously underlies many of these stories: The U.S. is uniting, particularly in the Middle East, with hitherto…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • NEW RULES FAVOR GOP MODERATES

    LEBANON, N.H. -- Can you discern, deep in the new Republican Party -- amid the conservative warriors and tea-infused crusaders -- a faint moderate heartbeat?Hardly anyone is asking that question this month, in the wake of the Republican tsunami that swept Democrats out of office and swept a…

    David Shribman
  • CLIMATE CHANGE IS OUR MOST PRESSING ISSUE

    The bone-rattling cold settling in over much of the country has given science skeptics a bit more fodder for their campaign of doubt and disinformation: Climate change is a hoax, they say. Didn't you feel that pre-Thanksgiving freeze?Their deliberate misunderstanding doesn't alter the facts. The…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • AMERICAN HERO; AMERICAN STORY

    LOS ANGELES -- In the final months of any presidency, the men and women serving in the administration are ready to leave and move on with their lives. That was true of Harold Tyler, a New York lawyer who was the deputy attorney general for civil rights as the Eisenhower administration was winding…

    Richard Reeves
  • VOTERS ARE GIVING YOU ONE MORE CHANCE, GOP

    I'm sorry to have to tell you this, America, but Andrew Cotto is done defending you to his European friends at dinner parties.There's no use begging. You brought this on yourself -- as Cotto explains in his Salon.com article, "My American exceptionalism fantasy is over: How these midterms sealed…

    Ann Coulter
  • Experience William Boyd's The Vanishing Game

    For Alec Dunbar, the uncertain terrain may be the only thing certain to keep him alive. Immerse yourself in William Boyd’s new action-adventure, Th...

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  • TRIUMPH IN BERLIN MAY HOLD LESSON FOR BEIJING

    WASHINGTON -- Let us stop complaining and naysaying for just a moment and realize what a truly astonishing event we celebrated last weekend. Just because some things are disappointing, or even despairing, in the world, doesn't mean that everything is.The celebrations commemorating the tearing down…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • THE FALL OF THE WALL

    BERLIN -- Today a Starbucks coffee house sits a few steps from the Brandenburg Gate. A quarter-century ago the baristas would be standing in the Soviet Bloc.Today well-dressed tourists sip sparkling water in the Hotel Adlon. Three decades ago the original hotel building was used to house East…

    David Shribman
  • BROAD PROSPERITY FOR AMERICA SEEMS INCREASINGLY OUT OF REACH

    As Democrats lick their wounds from last week's electoral bloodbath, political analysts are poring over exit data to discern the message in the Republicans' resounding victory. Are voters unhappy with President Obama? Clearly.But the underlying dissatisfaction abroad in the land centers around the…

    Cynthia Tucker