Paul Greenberg

Posted December 19, 2014

You can almost see Old Havana and hear the sweet habaneras again, though played to the accompaniment of groans from the Brothers Castro's political prisoners still yearning to breathe free.

Posted December 17, 2014

Last week the papers were overflowing with stories about a Senate committee's report on the Central Intelligence Agency's use of torture to extract information from terrorists -- known or just suspected terrorists.

Posted December 15, 2014

Some bureaucrats get in trouble for telling less than the truth when asked questions about their more dubious statements and worse actions.

Posted December 13, 2014

Last night we lit the first candle, for it was the first night of this minor, eight-day Jewish holiday that's become a major one in our time.

Posted December 12, 2014

The rage for secession continues to sputter -- from Scotland to Catalonia -- and to threaten long-established political systems that have preserved peace and stability by keeping nations unified.

Posted December 11, 2014

Observers unburdened by historical memory may not realize how old and familiar this "new" Russia is. As the shale revolution in this country undermines Russia's petroleum-based economy, and it slips into economic recession, Russia is back to being The Bear That Walks Like a Man -- except the bear isn't just on the prowl again but on the prey.

Posted December 11, 2014

Strangely enough, thought and deliberation still pay -- even in politics.

Posted December 09, 2014

After the last runoff election of this year's midterms, the old Solid South still stands -- except for one small detail. Instead of being solid Democratic territory, it's becoming solid Republican. All the blue states seem to be turning red.

Posted December 03, 2014

Just in time for the season of peace on earth and good will toward men, a judge in New Jersey is hearing arguments over whether the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance represents an unconstitutional infringement on some students' First Amendment right to the free exercise of their religion, namely atheism.

Posted December 02, 2014

And they say there's no good news in the paper. But when it comes to oil, oil prices, oil diplomacy and just about everything else connected to this country's shale-oil boom, there's little but good news to report either at home or abroad. From the gas pump to international conferences, it's all good.

Posted December 01, 2014

A confession: I'm not much of one for Veterans Day. Once there was an Armistice Day in commemoration of a specific historic event, the armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 that ended the First World War -- and served as a prelude to the Second.

Posted November 28, 2014

It was one of those glorious fall Sundays here in Arkansas when the leaves rustle like music, the golden light falls somewhere between a Titian and El Greco, and the crisp air is filled with autumnal nostalgia, maybe cries of a youthful game of touch football somewhere in the distance, and general sociability.

Posted November 24, 2014

Barack Obama is back -- the one who electrified and united a nation a decade ago when he delivered the keynote address at a national convention. Remember? There was a time when he was still a young, idealistic senator, not a failing and flailing president who has taken many a wrong turn since, and started to sound more like ideologue than idealist.

Posted November 19, 2014

The country's chief justice missed an historic opportunity when he saved Obamacare once before, but that opportunity is knocking again. Thanks to the chief justice's decisive decision last time it came up, Obamacare has managed to survive. So far. But stay tuned. Because the only thing sure about the great unraveling of Obamacare is that it is To Be Continued.

Posted November 17, 2014

Here's the most predictable news bulletin of the day and maybe the year. It came from Reuters the day after the president and lame-duck-in-chief of the United States threw still another of his monkey wrenches into the economy, particularly investment in it:

Posted November 14, 2014

Call it the Case of the Not So Innocent Bystander, for how can anyone who witnesses evil but does nothing to stop it be called innocent?

Posted November 12, 2014

It's happened to presidents of the United States before as they found themselves (a) entering their sixth year in office, and (b) increasingly irrelevant. The current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has just been presented with an impressive vote of confidence -- in the opposition. Midterm elections will happen.

Posted November 11, 2014

Like an old trouper trying to find a new audience for his same old show, our president and thespian-in-chief is giving it a game try.

Posted November 10, 2014

If opera were a game of Clue, the solution to this case would be simple: Mr. Political Correctness did it with a libretto in the conservatory. The victim? American opera, done in by none other than the least suspicious of suspects -- the renowned Metropolitan Opera itself.

Posted November 07, 2014

David Greenglass was a prominent member of the supporting cast in a real-life spy story that shook the country in the 1950s -- the Rosenberg case.