Human rights group urges action on parole for Oscar Lopez

Only days remain for the public to ask for the United States Parole Commission to grant parole to a Puerto Rican independence activist who has now spent 29 years in a federal penitentiary in Florence, Colo.


Palestinians press UN recognition, Israel confronts political turmoil

With Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations broken down, Palestinian leaders are pursuing “plan B," Israel is in political turmoil, and the U.S. has not said what it plans to do.


Afghanistan: Why pursue a losing strategy?

In spite of a White House declaration that "progress" is being made in Afghanistan, by virtually any measure the war has deteriorated significantly since the Obama administration surged troops into Kandahar and Helmand provinces.