Reposting this 2012 piece I wrote on how people of left and right can talk to each other, and the value of dissent: http://reut.rs/2jZy5PE
A modest proposal: replace NAFTA with a bilateral Treaty for U.S.-Mexican Prosperity, or TRUMP. That would go down well in the White House. http://reut.rs/2jfJABq
A column I wrote overnight on the passing of Fidel Castro http://reut.rs/2ggbFbm
The charismatic Cuban leader resembled other paternalistic caudillos of right and left in his outsized ego, which ultimately stymied his people. Cubans, like other Latin Americans, need institutions more than saviors like Fidel. Venezuela’s leaders are another example.
(Photo: Havana, outside the U.S. Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy, 1998.)
President Juan Manuel Santos has won the Nobel Peace Prize for trying to end a 52-year civil war, days after voters rejected his deal with FARC rebels. A bit of chat in my work hat about the economic implications.
My 1990 Reuters piece (as printed here in the L.A. Times) was prescient, sadly, about the mental fallout of El Salvador’s civil war. May Colombia do better.
A bit of chat in my work hat about the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff:
Antony Currie and Martin Langfield lay out how new President Michel Temer can help turn around the economy after his predecessor’s impeachment – and how lawmakers could be a big impediment.
This was kind of fun:
Shot last summer, the segment on the Central Park obelisk gave me a chance to talk about one of the more Dan Brownian background elements of “The Malice Box” without sounding like an utter nutter, so thanks, Indigo Productions! That doomy silhouette standing and turning in front of the obelisk in the trailer is yours truly, putting to use years of doomy-silhouette training at last. It aired last week, I learned today. Watch out for re-runs!