Many years ago, I stood in a cemetery in Santiago, Chile, as the fall leaves swirled in the wind. I had traveled — thousands of miles — to this immense burial ground, where I furtively made my way to the back lot. Oddly, it was the most beautiful spot I had found in this city.
A March 2006 Council on Foreign Relations task force report on Russia, co-chaired by Jack Kemp and John Edwards, recommended the United States adopt a Cold War approach toward Russia. The task force recommended that U.S. policy toward Russia should aim at “containment” through military encirclement and a more active role in Russia’s internal affairs.
The broadest political movement to be seen in Europe in recent decades has been taking shape in opposition to the development and production of genetically-modified food crops.
Since the new Iraqi government was formed in May 2006, the U.S. government has dramatically scaled up its efforts to provide “advice.” In July, the administration and major oil companies reviewed and commented on a new law governing Iraq’s crucial oil sector, before it has even been seen by the Iraqi Parliament.
For years NASA insisted it couldn’t be done. Beyond the orbit of Mars, NASA said, solar energy could not be used to generate electricity for onboard power on space devices. So the agency used the extremely dangerous nuclear substance plutonium — and people on Earth were put at great risk in the event of an accident.
Today, Puerto Rico is a U.S. colony. In the final document of its just-completed summit conference in Havana, the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries reiterated its support for the right of the Puerto Rico nation to independence and self-determination. The affirmation by most of the world’s countries of Puerto Rico’s right to be free and sovereign came just before the 138th anniversary of El Grito de Lares, the historic Sept. 23, 1868, revolt against Spanish colonialism.
Religious leaders from the Catholic peace group Pax Christi, the Muslim American Society and the World Conference of Religions for Peace convened a news conference in Washington Sept. 20 to condemn religious intolerance and to call for “solidarity” with Muslims.
Having had the good fortune to spend time in Cuba in the late 1990s studying their cutting-edge organic agriculture program, I would suggest that anyone with a genuine interest in the country try to do the same, although a recent U.S. crackdown on travel to the Cuba has made it harder than ever for U.S. citizens to go and “see for themselves.”
UNITED NATIONS — “Bush is in town,” the woman working behind the coffee bar said unenthusiastically to her co-worker. It captured the mood in New York City as President George Bush arrived for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, attended by heads of state from around the world.
Conservative economists seem concerned about the changes taking place within Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA. They argue that Venezuela’s decreased oil production is proof of its inefficient and wasteful practices.