There are six fundamental reasons that explain why the present geopolitical environment is conducive for the resumption of peace negotiations and why outside constructive intervention has become sine qua non to reaching an equitable peace with security.
By ending the $3 billion in yearly US aid to Israel and launching an open-ended dialogue regarding other possibilities for peace beyond the failed "peace process," Obama could make a lasting legacy in this tiny corner of the world where too many others have failed.
Today's news builds upon the President's proven commitment -- one that he reiterated this summer at the White House Conference on Aging: to keep Medicare strong, accessible and affordable for the 55 million Americans who rely on it and for those who will come to rely on it in the years to come.
Another generation all around the world is subjected to truly dangerous levels of pollution in the name of "economics" when delay only makes the final bill higher, not cheaper.
Up against a corrupt political machine, that is still well-oiled by corporate greed and shady lobbyists, the commitment to the work is more critical today than its ever been.
If we do not intercede now, in its next 100 years the National Park Service will be presiding over a shell of what we inherited.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon ...
The gap between U.S. President Barack Obama's Keystone announcement and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's response is indicative of the fundamental choice that this government needs to make between the oil industry and real climate action. Unfortunately, it's a choice that Trudeau doesn't seem to understand yet.
When we ignore the limitations of human rationality and the systematic errors those limitations produce, we end up designing policies that are logical but don't end up working well for the people they're supposed to serve.
The fact that you're now getting battered in the press is no one's fault but your own. I'm sorry Doc, but lies matter. And they matter big time when you're running for president. You're on the hot seat now for sure.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Obama at the White House on Monday in his first trip back to Washington after an unsuccessful campaign to block the Iran nuclear deal.
Robert Legvold is a Marshall D Shulman Professor Emeritus at the Columbia University political science department. He is one of the world's leading experts on the foreign policy of post-Soviet states, and a book reviewer for Foreign Affairs magazine.
After years of contentious debate, Keystone XL has been rejected once and for all. This is the behind-the-scenes story of how a small group of unlikely allies turned what everyone expected to be a routine governmental approval process into one of the most heated environmental battles in US history -- and prevailed.
In rejecting Keystone Obama put a bright light on that fork in the road. And he put spotlight on a very clear, bright line: no more investments in fossil-fuel infrastructure. No more throwing good money after bad.
Rail is too expensive and logistically challenging to take the place of pipelines and support expanded tar sands production. Tar sands oil is some of the most expensive in the world to produce - and shipping crude by rail to the Gulf costs twice as much as by pipeline.
The first step in ending tyranny is to expose its existence--to let the tyrants know that we're watching and won't turn away until they are forced to change their ways or stand down once and for all.