At Large
by | Feb 16, 2020

Rodrigo Duterte, the ever-unpredictable president of the Philippines, has given official notice to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement that governs the presence of U.S. military personnel. Among other complaints, he said Americans were rude and failed to leave their weapons…

by | Feb 13, 2020

While President Donald Trump’s recently released Mideast peace plan is likely to gain little traction — both with Israel and the U.S. facing partisan gridlock and elections and the Palestinians swiftly rejecting the measure — it does provide a fresh…

by | Feb 10, 2020

“There is a dayspring in the history of this nation, which perhaps those only who are on the mountaintops can as yet recognize,” Benjamin Disraeli wrote of England. “You deem you are in darkness, and I see a dawn.” Since January 31,…

by | Feb 6, 2020

President Emmanuel Macron traveled to Poland this week to assure his hosts that France will not let the Russians do anything bad to them. At the Jagiellonian University of Krakow, alma mater and home town of his host, President Andrzej…

by | Jan 28, 2020

As in any divorce, attention is focused upon the agitator for break-up. What led to the severing of cordial relations? Why are resolution and compromise no longer options to explore? How will our “hero” fare once separation is accomplished and…

by | Jan 25, 2020

How fares the average Brexiteer, with less than a week standing between Britain’s independence from the European Union? Euphoric? Or exhausted? Probably a little of both. Anxious, too, if truth be told. For while there is agreement among both Leavers…

by | Jan 24, 2020

President Donald Trump has succeeded because he has a sense of what normal folks believe about a range of issues. In one area, however, he has gone seriously awry. He constantly subordinates American interests and values to Saudi Arabia, a…

by | Jan 22, 2020

A new European Union scheme, championed by an official who sings the praises of “political Islam,” advocates expanding religious influence over all areas of European public life, to little opposition. Meanwhile, in the United States, the question of religion in…

by | Jan 18, 2020

The year 2020 is only just begun and already there are expectations of repeating the promise of the early 1920s, an era of peace and prosperity early in the decade. Nowhere is this enthusiasm more evident than in the United…

by | Jan 14, 2020

France enters another week of strikes in public transportation, while the government hopes its latest offer will end the commuters’ misery. It is not only commuters who have been suffering long-delays or forced detours in rail and subway service. The…

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