Archive for the 'Hard' Category

Hard, Political

A naive opinion about the Middle East

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Without having studied it as much as it deserves, I am taking a stab at a topic that provokes extremely powerful and complex reactions.  My point-of-view may change drastically over time, but I have to start somewhere. 


Hard, Political

Waging war to gain votes

Friday, August 29th, 2008

I returned from a 6-week trip to the US the other day. I have been looking for an opportunity to write about the presidential campaign there in this space. Unsure of what exactly to write,  I have had the idea of something with the view of an ex-patriot filtered through an international perspective. This is [...]


Hard, Political

One reason why we need Barack Obama

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

I feel like I am saying the all-too-obvious when I say that Barack Obama’s candidacy is important for racial reasons. In the general campaign he himself has emphasized what he offers aside from his African heritage. Hillary Clinton and John McCain too have mostly tiptoed around the race issue. As a liberal white male I [...]


Argentina, Hard

Where there’s smoke, there’s tofu burgers

Friday, April 18th, 2008

One morning last week I first noticed the smell of a campfire. Then the other afternoon as I set out to walk with my dog Clyde there was a thick smoky haze in the air and a strong smell of fire. Enough to irritate my eyes and lungs. I asked a neighbor on the street [...]


Argentina, Hard

Daily Bias in Politics

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

First I must state my personal disclaimer. I believe that there is no such thing as “bias-free journalism.” If a journalist or newspaper is doing their job, they must interpret what they see and also decide what or what not to put on paper. All writing demands decisions like this. A journalist’s personal perspective decides [...]


Argentina, Hard

The Stainless Steel Masses

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

It is an unusual moment here in Argentina. There is no meat. In a country famous for beef, most markets are without. It would be like Japan without fish, or Italy without pasta. I recently wrote about a trip through the province of Entre Rios. Right now that province is in-passable. Farmers and their supporters [...]


Argentina, Hard

Parallels

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

War and the suppression of basic liberties are never nice things. Today there are few people who believe that the invasion of Iraq wasn’t a big horrendous mistake. Even the greatest advocate of the war, the current president of the USA, is looking for a way out of the mess. And the US public is [...]


Argentina, Hard

Señora Presidente

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

In a country where a steak is cheaper than a tomato, a new president was just elected who happens to be the wife of the current president. She is also a prominent senator in her own right. The centrist Christina Fernendez Kirchner won with 45% of the national vote. And the price of the tomato [...]


Argentina, Hard

Violencia en pleno

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Violence is not always what it appears or what you expect it to appear like. In my experience living in a few different cities I have been exposed to all modes of violence both directly and indirectly. Something seeming very dramatic can really be nothing more than a squabble between two over-testosteronized dudes. A parent [...]


Hard

Good things come from patience

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

George W. Bush has asked the US public for their patience in the war in Iraq. Along the way he has always insisted that to support the troops and be successful in the war effort, we cannot set a specific timetable. Imagine if he applied these views to domestic policy. Bush on the War in [...]