When Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez heard the news of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), he was overcome with emotion. Born in Brazil and living in this country since the age of 14, Felipe married the love of his life, a U.S. citizen, last year. But because of DOMA, his husband couldn’t sponsor him for a green card. Now, Felipe and his husband no longer need to live with the constant fear of being torn apart.
Tahrir Square Take Two? Military Coup? Are Egyptians sliding towards civil war or one step closer to the elusive freedoms that originally led Egyptian people power to overthrow Hosni Mubarak without firing a shot?
America is founded on the ideals that families should stick together, that hard work should be rewarded, that those fleeing persecution should find refuge on our shores, and that our justice system should give due process and a fair day in court to everyone who comes before it.
This week American and EU officials begin formal negotiations of a U.S.-EU trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the run-up has already seen the usual platitudes about strong ties, shared values, and common political, economic, and cultural interests.
The Obama administration’s shift towards arming the Syrian opposition fighters in the war against the Assad regime has rightfully received bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill. The decision bears a striking resemblance to the U.S. paramilitary operation that supported the Afghan mujahideen against Soviet occupation from 1979 to 1989. If the end result of that policy is any indicator, President Obama’s shift will not end well.