Americanizing the CIA

by Nat Hentoff -- I am still skeptical that our new president will – or can – fulfill all his sweeping promises, but he has made an essential start by bringing the more…

My wishes for 2009

by Nat Hentoff -- My first hope for 2009 is that President Barack Obama, with all the enormous responsibilities he has, will find an hour, just an hour, to look at developing more…

Can Obama soften the Castros' iron fist?

by Nat Hentoff -- In the Miami-Dade Cuban community in Florida, 65 percent now support the United States restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, according to a Florida International University poll (Miami Herald, more…

A Kennedy Senate dynasty?

by Nat Hentoff -- After George Washington was elected unanimously by the Electoral College to be our first president, there was a debate on how the leader of the new nation should more…

Will Obama be a torture president, too?

by Nat Hentoff -- The next president "has supported increased oversight of the secret CIA detention program and efforts to restrict the CIA to interrogation techniques used by the military," according to more…

High noon in Darfur

by Nat Hentoff -- Sudan's president, Gen. Omar al-Bashir, is scared. Having flimflammed the United Nations and flouted its resolutions warning him to stop the mass killings and rapings of his black more…

Remember Darfur genocide? It hasn't stopped

by Nat Hentoff -- Of all the world's dictators, Sudan's Gen. Omar Al-Bashir is the most unfailingly duplicitous and murderously arrogant. His government was one of the first to welcome our new more…

The abortion president

by Nat Hentoff -- During a July 17, 2007, speech before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, then Sen. Barack Obama pledged: "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom more…

Who will Obama see as 'enemy combatants'?

by Nat Hentoff -- Soon after 9/11, George W. Bush, addressing Congress, said of our murderous enemies, "They hate our freedoms!" But on Oct. 17, 2006, Bush – following the path charted more…