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Column: Eat More Fish, but Not From the Seven Seas

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The United States should be a very fishy country. In all, we control 2.8 billion acres of ocean, more than any other nation. Despite all that ocean, nearly 90 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. It gets fishier still: While the majority of the seafood Americans eat is foreign, a third of what Americans catch gets sold to foreigners. What all of this points to is a …

Column: The Death Penalty Violates Human Dignity

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I have wondered countless times over the past 30 years whether I would live to see the end of the death penalty in the United States. I now know that day will come, and I believe that the current Supreme Court will be its architect. In its ruling in Hall v. Florida in …

Column: China’s President Envies Russia’s President

Monday, July 21, 2014

It’s been a season of love for Russia and China. A two-day May summit in Shanghai culminated in a $400 billion gas deal; in an interview with Chinese state media before the visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia-China cooperation reached its highest level in history. And at a meeting last week on the sidelines of the BRICs Summit in Brazil, he …

Column: Fix Immigration Law to End Influx of Minors

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Congress likes to put fancy titles on its legislative handiwork, but they should probably just call everything the Law of Unintended Consequences, especially immigration bills. The 1965 Cuban Adjustment Act gave all people fleeing that Communist island the right to legal residence once they reached U.S. soil. Over …

Column: Americans Gave ‘Beautiful Game’ a Long Look And Loved It

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Unbelievably, World Cup soccer has become the topic of conversation around the water cooler at work. In recent weeks television ratings for the sport have soared, with games involving Team USA equaling the recent NBA finals and surpassing baseball’s World Series. “Watch Parties” drew tens of thousands nationwide …

Column: In China, and Elsewhere: Molding Young Minds Through the Curriculum

Friday, July 11, 2014

It was the summer of 2012, and Hong Kong was in an uproar. The pro-Beijing government’s attempts to put in place a so-called “patriotic education” curriculum — one with lessons similar to those taught in mainland China — were met with howls of protest across the city. The …

Column: In Palestine,Where It’s ‘Trayvon Martin, En Masse’

Friday, July 11, 2014

The scene opens with two masked men kneeling over what looks like a rice sack, one man holding it down, the other man repeatedly raising his right fist and pounding it. The fisted man stands up, giving us …

Editorial: Stop the Madness — A Declaration on Gun Violence

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Fourth of July, that most American of holidays, is typically celebrated with parades, fireworks and backyard cookouts. In Chicago this year, the holiday weekend was scarred by what tragically has become another American tradition: gun violence. In …

Column: The Hating of the President

Thursday, July 10, 2014

President Barack Obama: the worst president since World War II. That’s what a new poll says. Well, sorry, folks, but Obama is not the worst president — he is not even close to being the worst president. But …

Column: The Founders Reined In Inherited Wealth, but It Grows Again

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thomas Piketty, writing from France, is the latest person to sound an alarm about the growing inequality of income and wealth. But his ideas have distinctly American roots that date to the country’s formation. The American Revolution was in part a revolt against hereditary wealth and aristocratic privilege, …

Column: Putin Has Three Basic Choices in Ukraine

Thursday, July 10, 2014

More than three months have passed since Vladimir Putin’s triumphalist speech to the Russian parliament. In it, he exulted in his military seizure of Crimea while basking in an orgy of chauvinistic sentiment. Putin clearly relished the enthusiasm …

Willem Lange: What’s Really the Matter With Kids Today?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A sure sign that the apocalypse is upon us: My old prep school, which has boasted a strong football program for many decades (It was venerable when I was there, and I’ve had my 60th reunion.), has just dropped the sport. The reason? Participation has dropped to the …

Column: Google CEO Says Work Less, Enjoy More

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page says we should all work fewer hours, and — like most people — I love the prospect. “The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet people’s needs is just not …