Our Moment in Cuba?

Last month I had the privilege of joining a study tour to Cuba with former members of Congress — sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). We met with government and Communist Party officials, members of the National Assembly and Foreign Ministry, artists, scholars, academics, economists, entrepreneurs, even cigar workers. Cubans feel genuine optimism that the recent normalization of relations with the United States may usher in a new era of cooperation. Continue reading Our Moment in Cuba?

Haiti’s Amazing Language

Michel MartellyToday’s news shows us a new political crisis in Haiti, the country that least needs yet another. Guy Philippe, ex-Senator in a governmental body that went into deep freeze a year ago, calls for a popular uprising if current president Michel Martelly is kicked out of office at the end of his term, February 7. Continue reading Haiti’s Amazing Language

A “Cure” Worse Than the Disease

BBGThe BBG is a clunky entity, staffed by part-timers, and fails to coordinate the sprawling world of radio, television, social messaging, web links and rest, which bring accurate news in 47 languages to all continents.  It happens to have an able, dedicated CEO only as of September 14, 2015, when John Lansing moved into the position which has served as target practice for frustrated communicators and reorganizers. Given adequate authority, Lansing and his successors will be well able to advance the cause of more effective U.S. government broadcasting.  Creating yet new layers of bureaucracy will not.
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The Man No One Would Be

1024px-Zone_urbaine_(VICHY,FR03)Consider the dramatic fate of François Darlan. He was Vichy’s likely successor to the reviled Marshal Pétain, and heir to France’s naval tradition owing to the death of a great-grandfather at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Whence Darlan’s loathing of the British. Continue reading The Man No One Would Be

10 Pieces from 2015

44542_146580218708693_1804650_nThe year 2015 was tumultuous: Gay marriage was legalized nationally, the 2015 race began in earnest, transgender rights and racism become dominating discussions, and an underestimated threat named ISIS became a household name.

As the new year begins, PunditWire presents some of the most interesting and pertinent pieces that we published in 2015. Continue reading 10 Pieces from 2015