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President Obama had a strong hand in negotiations with Cuba, but he played it badly, Frida Ghitis says.

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On Iran, is Obama a sad negotiator? updated 45 days ago

Frida Ghitis asks why President Obama has written another letter to Iran's Supreme Leader about the nuclear deal.

100 women in Congress is not enough updated 51 days ago

Frida Ghitis says if the U.S. has more female leaders, maybe Congress can actually do a good job.

Why women fight against ISIS updated 57 days ago

ISIS has provided everyone, especially women, even more reasons to fight back, Frida Ghitis says.

The anti-ISIS message Malala couldn't say in Canada updated 63 days ago

The Ottawa shooting pre-empted Malala's appearances in Canada, but her message to young people needs to be spread, writes Frida Ghitis

Peace Prize winners' message on heroism updated 76 days ago

Awarding the Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi was an inspired choice, writes Frida Ghitis.

Hong Kong protesters face tough odds updated 84 days ago

Frida Ghitis says let's hope that Hong Kong protesters won't face a repeat of what happened at Tiananmen Square.

5 biggest surprises in Syria bombing updated 94 days ago

Frida Ghitis says when the U.S. and its allies finally began the attack on ISIS, it rolled out in a way many did not expect.

Will ISIS try Australian-style plot in America? updated 98 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the foiled Australian plot shows ISIS is working diligently to taunt the U.S. and its allies.

Why is ISIS so brutal? updated 98 days ago

Frida Ghitis says ISIS does not apologize or try to hide its barbarism, it celebrates and justifies it as a means to an end.

Ferguson is propaganda boon for U.S. foes updated 122 days ago

Frida Ghitis says media in states that are against the U.S. are portraying Ferguson as the breakdown of a corrupt and racist America.

Hillary Clinton pummels Obama foreign policy updated 137 days ago

Yes, Hillary Clinton is running for president, and she is running away from President Barack Obama's record on foreign policy, writes Frida Ghitis.

ISIS must be stopped updated 139 days ago

Frida Ghitis says we must respond to the heartbreaking plea of Iraq MP, who in a powerful video, tearfully begs for help to save her people, the Yazidis

Five lessons of the Gaza war updated 150 days ago

Frida Ghitis says Israelis' greatest fear is a Palestinian state falling to extremists, as Gaza did to Hamas.

What is the North Korean riddle? updated 154 days ago

Frida Ghitis says it's tempting to ignore North Korea's antics as bluster but the cruel regime is dangerous.

Who will speak for the MH17 victims? updated 158 days ago

Frida Ghitis: Anger over shooting down of MH17 is growing against the pro-Russian separatists. It's time for Dutch government to lead and press for justice.

A spark of good news from the Mideast updated 169 days ago

Frida Ghitis says a poll of 14 Muslim-majority nations show people are increasingly opposed to extremism.

What Obama discovered about Syria, Iraq updated 182 days ago

Frida Ghitis says President Obama discovered that he cannot look away from the twin disasters in Syria and Iraq.

Will ISIS brutality backfire? updated 191 days ago

Frida Ghitis says ISIS has launched the world's scariest PR campaign with grisly pictures from Iraq

Should Hillary Clinton embrace Obama's foreign policy? updated 198 days ago

Hillary Clinton can't disown the President's foreign policy, but she can highlight her differences with him, says Frida Ghitis

Five tough ethics issues in Bergdahl swap updated 204 days ago

Frida Ghitis outlines the conflicting moral principles facing President Obama when he had to decide whether to swap prisoners to release Bowe Bergdahl.

Conchita, the bearded lady who appalled Russia updated 207 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the stylish "woman" with a full dark beard who won the Eurovision song contest is at the center of a battle between Russia and the West.

Why no international effort for 200 kidnapped girls? updated 212 days ago

Frida Ghitis says if 230 girls had been kidnapped almost anywhere else, it would be the world's biggest story. We need an international effort to save them

Now will the NRA talk to gun control advocates? updated 212 days ago

Frida Ghitis: Another day, another gun massacre in America, this time in Isla Vista. How could this be?

Was Jill Abramson fired because she is a woman? updated 224 days ago

Frida Ghitis says Jill Abramson's sudden departure from The New York Times raises questions of sexism.

Women of Nigeria made the world pay attention updated 232 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the U.S. is sending help and the world is paying attention to the plight of the kidnapped schoolgirls because Nigeria's women demanded it.

Doctors in Afghanistan didn't die in vain updated 246 days ago

Frida Ghitis says, as violence claims three U.S. doctors, the temptation is to despair, but aid to Afghanistan has made it a much better place

Goodbye, good luck to Ukraine? updated 254 days ago

Frida Ghitis says President Obama needs to stop making empty threats against Russia.

Why we need women journalists on the front lines updated 261 days ago

Frida Ghitis says we still see the world mostly through male journalists' eyes

Trade a spy, get Middle East peace? updated 269 days ago

Frida Ghitis says if U.S. releases Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli-Palestinian talks might continue through 2015.

How Obama can save the day updated 275 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the U.S. and the West have less influence on the global stage, which helps the worst regimes. President Obama must revitalize the alliance.

Crimea: Where Ukraine could explode updated 301 days ago

Frida Ghitis says if Russia decides to intervene militarily in Ukraine, its justification and target will be the peninsula of Crimea.

'New' Russia in Sochi: Same old Russia in Ukraine updated 309 days ago

Frida Ghitis says Russia's Putin is surely focusing more on the blazes in Ukraine than the torch in Sochi. The protesters may prevail against his bullying.

Do you hate your Internet provider? updated 310 days ago

Frida Ghitis says Comcast's proposal to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion is bad for consumers.

Michael Sam and the new America updated 319 days ago

Frida Ghitis says not long ago the idea of same-sex marriage and legal pot in the U.S. seemed unrealistic. Not anymore. Americans' idea of freedom is changing

Are Syria, Iran playing Obama for a fool? updated 329 days ago

Frida Ghitis says Syria, Iran are quietly defying the U.S., raising doubts about the outcome of negotiations

Ariel Sharon's brilliant moves and disastrous mistakes updated 349 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the Israeli leader was a man of contradictions, a fierce warrior who ultimately was willing to take risks to end conflict

Who changed history in 2013? updated 367 days ago

Frida Ghitis says individuals made a huge impact by challenging institutions, organizations or the status quo.

How Kim Jong Un got rid of his uncle updated 378 days ago

Frida Ghitis says when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un purged his uncle and later executed him, he used a ruthless tactic perfected by Saddam Hussein.

Inequality threatens the rich updated 385 days ago

Frida Ghitis says conservatives should take note: Rising inequality is the proven enemy of stability and promotes extremism. It's their cause, too

Israel, U.S. -- stop dissing each other over Iran updated 399 days ago

Frida Ghitis says Israel and the U.S. need to defend their alliance as they work together to stop Iran's nuclear program.

What has happened to Pussy Riot's Nadya? updated 408 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the imprisoned activist has disappeared, believed taken away by Russian authorities. She says silence of Putin regime's has shined light on its repression

Don't tell Muslim women what to wear updated 417 days ago

Sudanese Amira Hamed is on trial for refusing to cover her hair and faces flogging. Frida Ghitis says she is one of many Muslim women fighting for their rights.

U.S. needs to get spying under control updated 427 days ago

Frida Ghitis says U.S. spying has angered world leaders (though their nations have long spied as well) and the U.S. should reassess its reach and goals.

Which politician do you hate? updated 431 days ago

Frida Ghitis says angry Americans should focus on how to change the political system by supporting moderate voices, not by indulging in hatred

Janet Yellen is about to become a superstar updated 442 days ago

Frida Ghitis says Janet Yellen would be the perfect person to lead the Federal Reserve.

World baffled by America's self-inflicted wound updated 449 days ago

Most of the world is mystified at the sight of the world's most powerful country tangled in a crippling web of its own making.

Putin a hypocrite with blood on his hands updated 470 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the irony of the Russian leader's pose as a champion of peace and democracy is thick, given Russia's role as arms supplier to Bashar al-Assad.

Speech aims to keep heat on Syria updated 471 days ago

Frida Ghitis says President Obama's speech laid out the array of tricky options the president faces.

U.S. can't be bullied by Iran threats on Syria updated 476 days ago

Frida Ghitis says Iran's apparent order for Iraq militias to hit American targets does not change the moral and strategic calculus for U.S. strikes in Syria

5 reasons the U.S. must intervene in Syria updated 485 days ago

Frida Ghitis says inaction in Syria is riskier and costlier than intervention. Every passing day makes Syria more America's -- and the world's -- problem.

Obama's foreign policy in a tailspin updated 499 days ago

Frida Ghitis says trying to count the ways in which foreign policy has gone badly for Obama makes for a stunningly long list.

Make Olympics in Russia the gayest ever updated 511 days ago

Frida Ghitis says in the light of Russia's extreme anti-gay laws, nations competing in the 2014 Olympics in Russia should make them the gayest Games ever

How to rescue the Arab Spring updated 514 days ago

Frida Ghitis says liberals in Egypt are in a corner, but it's vital for them to speak for democratic values.

Putin, a hypocrite on Snowden, Navalny updated 525 days ago

Frida Ghitis says it's hypocritical for Kremlin to defend Edward Snowden while convicting corruption-fighter Alexei Navalny.

Our terror over flying has cost us updated 533 days ago

Frida Ghitis says since 9/11 the cost of air travel, while very safe, has soared for passengers and the nation.

Obama missed out on Arab Spring updated 540 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the United States missed a chance to stand with those in Egypt and Syria who share its ideals.

Egyptians are fed up with Morsy updated 542 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the massive protests in Egypt show that the country's revolution is far from over.

A new age of protests updated 555 days ago

Frida Ghitis says in this era of connectivity, a little complaint can erupt into massive demonstrations.

Your biggest secrets are up for grabs updated 563 days ago

Frida Ghitis: If even America's state-of-the-art spy agency could not keep its secrets from public view, what chance do yours have?

When a Facebook friend dies updated 571 days ago

Frida Ghitis says coming to terms with the death of her friend Jim Sutherland was particularly difficult.

Americans still captive in global power games updated 574 days ago

Frida Ghitis says Americans are being held as captives in tense situations around the world.

How to make a political scandal stick updated 578 days ago

Frida Ghitis says for traction, a scandal needs a high-placed official caught in a clear-cut abuse of power. So far, Obama's troubles don't seem to fit.

The real enemy in London hacking death updated 582 days ago

Frida Ghitis explains that radical Islamist ideology that justifies any atrocity is the real enemy we must overcome.

Obama, failing on moral leadership? updated 601 days ago

Frida Ghitis asks when will Obama resolve issues such as Gitmo and Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons?

Obama must act on Syria chemical weapons updated 609 days ago

Frida Ghitis says after news that Syria has crossed the 'red line,' the administration must respond meaningfully and forcefully.

How strong, really, is America? updated 611 days ago

Frida Ghitis says America is powerful and mighty, and yet, more than 30,000 are killed each year by guns.

North Korea already won updated 620 days ago

Frida Ghitis says North Korea's standoff encourages tyrants and regimes to seek nuclear weapons.

5 signs the Middle East is changing updated 633 days ago

Here are five signs the Middle East is changing in ways you may not have expected.

In Mideast, Obama knocks it out of the park updated 641 days ago

Frida Ghitis says with his support for Israel, empathy for Palestinians and support of Jordan, Obama's trip was a show of vision, power and influence.

Argentina a complex crucible for Pope updated 652 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the life and views of Pope Francis were formed, tested in Argentina, where he had good relations with the Jewish population, but was accused of (and denies) abetting a dictator

Don't be like Washington; listen to other views updated 655 days ago

Frida Ghitis says too many people are living in echo chambers, surrounded by the sound of their own views.

Chavez empowered the poor, divided a nation updated 660 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the Venezuelan leader lifted people out of poverty but damaged his nation's democracy

Syrian war is everybody's problem updated 663 days ago

Frida Ghitis says if the humanitarian reasons aren't enough, we should weigh the global costs if we do nothing to stop the war in Syria.

Pistorius case and the plague of violence against women updated 673 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the murder of Reeva Steenkamp allegedly by Oscar Pistorius is a reminder that we have to do more to protect women.

Europe, name Hezbollah in terror updated 686 days ago

Frida Ghitis says in resisting naming Hezbollah as a terrorist group the European Union passively abets the group's attacks.

Hillary Clinton's global legacy on gay rights updated 686 days ago

Frida Ghitis says a signature achievement of Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State was the promotion of equality for gay people as a core value of U.S. foreign policy.

Algeria crisis is a wakeup call for America updated 702 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the hostage crisis in Algeria and the war in Mali are dark signs that militants are on the rise in North Africa

World to Obama: You can't ignore us updated 703 days ago

President Obama made it very clear: the second term is all about the domestic agenda. But Frida Ghitis says global issues will intrude

America, the Saudi Arabia of tomorrow updated 711 days ago

It's hard to imagine that the U.S. will become the world's leading oil producer in just a few years, says Frida Ghitis.

Women's power: A story with sharp divide updated 721 days ago

As the New Year approached, millions anxiously followed the news from two very different parts of the world about two different women.

2013: America on the cusp of social change updated 728 days ago

Frida Ghitis says that after years in which conservative views dominated the nation, there's now majority support for many progressive stances

What Obama can learn from Lincoln updated 735 days ago

Frida Ghitis says "Lincoln" is brilliant because it shows that the path of virtue is paved with morally ambiguous choices.

Egypt losing 'constitutional moment' updated 745 days ago

Frida Ghitis says Egyptians' poor grasp of what democracy means leaves Morsy and an Islamist-leaning constitutional committee to define the country's "consensus" and "truths"

Shoes a start, but homeless need far more updated 750 days ago

Frida Ghitis says after the flush of attention for a cop who gave shoes to a homeless man, the problem of homelessness again has receded from our consciousness.

Why the Middle East is a mess updated 755 days ago

Frida Ghitis says much as Obama wants to focus on Asia, but Middle East crises keep taking center stage, due to corruption, poor governance, anti-women polices and serious economic problems

In Israel-Hamas clash, Iran casts a shadow updated 764 days ago

Frida Ghitis: The standoff between Iran and the West over Iran's nuclear program serves as the backdrop to the Israel-Hamas fighting.

5 things we've learned from Petraeus scandal updated 771 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the general's troubles remind us of the scope of the FBI's jurisdiction, the risks of e-mail and the failings of powerful men

Why was Obama crying? updated 777 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the victorious president had many reasons for emotion--including the raft of serious issues that awaits--but more likely it was exhaustion and gratitude that let the mask slip

Don't let superstorm sway your vote updated 786 days ago

Frida Ghitis says before this election, both camps will use the handling of Sandy to sell their candidate. Voters must not let that determine their vote.

Are voters still picking leader of free world? updated 791 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the U.S. is less involved with shaping world events these days, but the world remains riveted on the American election campaign to choose the most powerful and influential human being on earth

The speech every woman should hear updated 798 days ago

Frida Ghitis says the fight against sexism has become all the rage among politicians. How timely, and how suspiciously convenient.

Girl's courage, Taliban's cowardice updated 802 days ago

The Pakistan Taliban's attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai has reawakened the country to the threat of extremists, says Frida Ghitis.

Nobel committee wasted an opportunity in its Peace Prize updated 805 days ago

Frida Ghitis: The Noble Committee passed up a chance to give spotlight to an individual or cause that could really benefit from the award.

Can Romney and Obama tell the truth -- and win? updated 805 days ago

Frida Ghitis says voters demand perfect odds and simple solutions -- and politicians oblige.

Will Romney and Ryan take America to war? updated 806 days ago

Frida Ghitis says that in foreign policy, it's hard to find a truly sharp disagreement on fundamental issues between Romney and Obama.

A war is raging against free speech updated 819 days ago

Frida Ghitis says calls for anti-blasphemy laws by some leaders in the Middle East should alarm democracy advocates everywhere.

Politics by mob in China and Mideast updated 828 days ago

Frida Ghitis says in China and the Mideast, politicians are taking a risky tack by manipulating the populist anger of street protests to further their own ends.

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