Robert M. Brandon, 02/27/2014, Huffington Post
Just a few weeks ago the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, made up of Republicans and Democrats, released their recommendations based on testimony from election officials, experts and voters from around the country. Ohio Governor John Kasich and members of the Ohio legislature must not have read the report. If they had, they wouldn't have passed and signed two election bills last week that reduce access to voting.
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD February 24, 2014, The New York Times
There are 17 states where it is legal for same-sex couples to marry, and there is no evidence that the accelerating progress toward equality has compromised anyone’s freedom to worship or hold religious beliefs.
Unfortunately, that has not stopped religious and social conservatives from pressing lawmakers in various states to enact noxious measures to give businesses and individuals the broad right to deny services to same-sex couples in the name of protecting religious liberty. On Thursday, the Arizona Legislature became the first state to pass such a bill, leaving it to the state’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer, to decide by Friday whether to sign it or veto it, as she plainly should do. (UPDATE: This bill was vetoed by Governor Brewer.)
Dr. Josef Olmert, 2/26/2014; Huffington Post
A few days ago, the GSMA, the world's leading organization of mobile users, held its big international event in Barcelona, and three Israeli companies were awarded prizes for their innovations. Just a small example of what happens in the REAL world when it comes to boycotting Israel. Those who know, know better than the haters of all kinds, whether academics or in the business community who call for a boycott of Israel, its academic institutions and its flourishing industry and agriculture.
Robin Marty, Care2.com February 16, 2014
In the days before legal abortion, one way that abortion opponents tried to curtail illegal abortions was to discover and arrest as many people as they could find who performed them. In some cases, patients who had undergone an illegal abortion would be forced to sit at a hospital, not receiving treatment until they gave up the name of the provider. In others, police would raid offices to threaten patients with crimes in order to get them to turn in the doctor.
Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor February 16, 2014
On Feb. 17, one day after the attack on a bus of tourists from South Korea, just across from the Hilton Taba Resort in Sinai, the terrorist organization that claimed responsibility for the attack — Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis — issued a statement calling on all foreign touristsin the Sinai Peninsula to leave within four days. Those who did not, the statement read, might get hurt. Founded in 2011, this organization pledges allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahri, the leader of al-Qaeda who succeeded Osama bin Laden.
A war is going on in Sinai. It won’t be decided in a day, or in a matter of weeks or months. It will be decided only when Egypt makes up its mind and shows resolve by allocating the necessary resources and manpower needed to accomplish this objective. Presently, Egypt has more pressing issues to attend to than Sinai.