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
Frida Ghitis says Syria, Iran are quietly defying the U.S., raising doubts about the outcome of negotiations
Frida Ghitis says the Israeli leader was a man of contradictions, a fierce warrior who ultimately was willing to take risks to end conflict
Frida Ghitis says individuals made a huge impact by challenging institutions, organizations or the status quo.
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.
Frida Ghitis says conservatives should take note: Rising inequality is the proven enemy of stability and promotes extremism. It's their cause, too
Frida Ghitis says Israel and the U.S. need to defend their alliance as they work together to stop Iran's nuclear program.
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
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.
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.
Frida Ghitis says angry Americans should focus on how to change the political system by supporting moderate voices, not by indulging in hatred
Frida Ghitis says Janet Yellen would be the perfect person to lead the Federal Reserve.
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.
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.
Frida Ghitis says President Obama's speech laid out the array of tricky options the president faces.
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
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.
Frida Ghitis says trying to count the ways in which foreign policy has gone badly for Obama makes for a stunningly long list.
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
Frida Ghitis says liberals in Egypt are in a corner, but it's vital for them to speak for democratic values.
Frida Ghitis says it's hypocritical for Kremlin to defend Edward Snowden while convicting corruption-fighter Alexei Navalny.
Frida Ghitis says since 9/11 the cost of air travel, while very safe, has soared for passengers and the nation.
Frida Ghitis says the United States missed a chance to stand with those in Egypt and Syria who share its ideals.
Frida Ghitis says the massive protests in Egypt show that the country's revolution is far from over.
Frida Ghitis says in this era of connectivity, a little complaint can erupt into massive demonstrations.
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?
Frida Ghitis says coming to terms with the death of her friend Jim Sutherland was particularly difficult.
Frida Ghitis says Americans are being held as captives in tense situations around the world.
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.
Frida Ghitis explains that radical Islamist ideology that justifies any atrocity is the real enemy we must overcome.
Frida Ghitis asks when will Obama resolve issues such as Gitmo and Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons?
Frida Ghitis says after news that Syria has crossed the 'red line,' the administration must respond meaningfully and forcefully.
Frida Ghitis says America is powerful and mighty, and yet, more than 30,000 are killed each year by guns.
Frida Ghitis says North Korea's standoff encourages tyrants and regimes to seek nuclear weapons.
Here are five signs the Middle East is changing in ways you may not have expected.
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.
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
Frida Ghitis says too many people are living in echo chambers, surrounded by the sound of their own views.
Frida Ghitis says the Venezuelan leader lifted people out of poverty but damaged his nation's democracy
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.
Frida Ghitis says the murder of Reeva Steenkamp allegedly by Oscar Pistorius is a reminder that we have to do more to protect women.
Frida Ghitis says in resisting naming Hezbollah as a terrorist group the European Union passively abets the group's attacks.
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.
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
President Obama made it very clear: the second term is all about the domestic agenda. But Frida Ghitis says global issues will intrude
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.
As the New Year approached, millions anxiously followed the news from two very different parts of the world about two different women.
Frida Ghitis says that after years in which conservative views dominated the nation, there's now majority support for many progressive stances
Frida Ghitis says "Lincoln" is brilliant because it shows that the path of virtue is paved with morally ambiguous choices.
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"
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.
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
Frida Ghitis: The standoff between Iran and the West over Iran's nuclear program serves as the backdrop to the Israel-Hamas fighting.
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
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
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.
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
Frida Ghitis says the fight against sexism has become all the rage among politicians. How timely, and how suspiciously convenient.
The Pakistan Taliban's attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai has reawakened the country to the threat of extremists, says Frida Ghitis.
Frida Ghitis: The Noble Committee passed up a chance to give spotlight to an individual or cause that could really benefit from the award.
Frida Ghitis says voters demand perfect odds and simple solutions -- and politicians oblige.
Frida Ghitis says that in foreign policy, it's hard to find a truly sharp disagreement on fundamental issues between Romney and Obama.
Frida Ghitis says calls for anti-blasphemy laws by some leaders in the Middle East should alarm democracy advocates everywhere.
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.
Frida Ghitis says Hillary Clinton, the most popular member of the Democratic Party, might be thousands of miles away, but she's still on everyone's mind.
Frida Ghitis: Activist women are withholding sex to try to bring down Togo's dictator, a tactic used historically when women have little real power.
Frida Ghitis says Russia, Ecuador, Egyptand other ersatz populist states show freedom is a fraud when they punish or discourage press criticism of government
Frida Ghitis says the Assad regime is maintaining power by enforcing a balance of terror
Frida Ghitis says the president shouldn't put history on hold until after Election Day.
Frida Ghitis says the economic crisis in Europe could have huge impact on America; just look at the economic turmoil of the 1930s.
Sometimes, when you least expect it, the good guys win. Sometimes, the good guy is a woman -- a strong, wise and extraordinarily brave woman, such as Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Egyptian uprising, launched by young liberals hoping to bring freedom, democracy and equality to their country, has finally produced a new president.
Frida Ghitis says the newest science says it's good to assume it'll all work out. But optimism without realism can lead to real-world disaster.
Frida Ghitis says it's a travesty that the IOC refuses to mark the 40th anniversary of a dark day at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
Syria's unprecedented threat to use chemical weapons means the U.S. and its allies must assist the Syrian oppostion, says Frida Ghitis.
Frida Ghitis: Olympic coverage focuses too much on American athletes, and misses out on heroic and fascinating stories from other nations.