Among Jewish Americans and Israelis themselves, there is a diversity of opinion on the Israeli invasion of Gaza and on the Occupation of the Palestinian people.
We need to thank him for keeping his promise and taking another step toward securing full civil and human rights for the LGBT community. We have come a long way during his presidency.
The U.S. is paying a terrible toll for our hubris in thinking we could reshape the globe (thanks neocons) and the rhetoric condemning Obama for not caring simply ignores reality.
Both sides have valid points with undeniable realities that result from their divergent positions. Equally as real is the future of the foundation of which we built this country - which currently hangs in the loop.
While Washington is busy lecturing Russia on a loss of human life in that plane crash, they are enabling the deadly Israeli bombardment targeting civilians, and now, after so much damage has been done, claim to want to stop it.
While it doesn't carry any legal weight, only the power of symbolism, the most touching moments for me in the president's presentation were his fluency with the word "transgender."
"I'm still not sure exactly what happened," said gaffe-prone, beleaguered Secretary of State John Kerry, "but I'm told I agreed to sanctions on myself."
For years I avoided engaging in discussions about the Israel/Arab situation -- I just didn't want to deal with it. That all changed about three-and-a-half years ago when my parents moved to Jerusalem. Now my immediate family is there and my comfort in the ability to duck the debate vanished.
At a time when all talk about the higher education bubble, I wanted to share the creative and artistic solution I've imagined to avoid the vicious circle of student loans... and maybe give others ideas.
Spying scandals, the systematic erosion of privacy. A corporate sector that makes mincemeat of American democracy. To understand why Europe's normally pro-American elites are so disillusioned now, it is important to look at the days of their youth a few decades back -- specifically the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The lesson that Carter and his staff apparently never learned was the importance of a President knowing and hearing directly from his most knowledgeable appointees and making sure they know and understand from him how and why he is reaching his decisions.
There are two general views on how best to address the illegal immigration crisis the United States is facing on its southern border, notably as it relates to the tens of thousands of child migrants who have been arriving in the US from the "Northern Triangle" countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras during the past few months.
There has to be something concrete that makes those of us living in the United States more than just co-residents who share little other than proximity. There has to be something that makes 300 million people into "we" and "us." That something is civic nationalism.
Well, what if world political "leaders" continue to engage in the politics of fear, who demonize the "other," who call for and enact war on their so-called "enemies"? And what if nobody came?
It seems as if every day, regardless of what's going on in the world, Obama (or "this president" as he is commonly called) is charged with pretty much the same things. So I will simplify the job.