Benjamin Valentino

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Animal rights protesters demonstrate for the abolition of bullfights on July 5, one day before the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. (Susana Vera /Reuters)

It has been a good year for animals — at least for nonhuman ones. The Economist declared 2019 “the year of the vegan.” Demand for meatless burgers at major fast food chains has grown so fast that producers have been unable to keep up. High-end fashion houses like Gucci and Calvin Klein are now completely fur-free. Even the electric car company Tesla has begun offering a vegan version of its vehicles, with synthetic leather seats and trim.

Increased concern for the rights of animals is not only changing what we eat, wear and drive. It has begun to change our laws.…  Seguir leyendo »

The Iraq Study Group’s recommendation that the United States withdraw its combat forces from Iraq reflects a growing national consensus that our military cannot quell the violence there and may even be making matters worse. Although many are hailing this recommendation as a bold new course, it is not bold enough. America will best serve its interests in the Persian Gulf by withdrawing its ground-based military forces not only from Iraq, but from the entire region.

Critics of the report continue to debate the wisdom and details of a drawdown in Iraq, but there has been no debate about America’s broader strategy in the gulf.…  Seguir leyendo »