During my 60-plus trips to Russia over the last 20 years, I've noticed how Russian attitudes toward the U.S. -- once relatively friendly -- have evolved. Today, dislike -- even hatred -- of America leads some Russian national security officials to believe that if you are an enemy of the U.S. (e.g., Venezuela, Iran), you must be a friend of Russia. Most are not so dogmatic, but they also are not America's friends. Their philosophical embrace of something akin to Mussolini's corporate state, plus their ambitions for increased influence in, or annexation of, former Soviet territory, practically ensures they will hold negative feelings about the American government. After all, we believe in an open society and the independence and sanctity of borders of the former Soviet states.
America's 32nd president died here, in a unique presidential home that hasn't changed since April 1945.
In Madrid art by day, flamenco by night.
A city like no other, maybe even more so this time of year.
Is it too late to say something good about the New York Times?
So now that we're out, what did we accomplish?
In Israel, well-founded worries over the "Arab Spring."
Easter in China is when the government makes clear it doesn't like China's house churches.