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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…

by | Jan 10, 2020

“Nah, ’e still ’asn’t peed.” She might have been talking about an aging dog, but, no, she was referring to me. It was a few hours after an operation on my sinuses, my first experience of hospital surgery for many…

by | Dec 23, 2019

In recent days, India has seen much violent protest and communal unrest in view of reaction to the provisions of the Citizenship Amendment Act adopted on December 11 by its Parliament. Designed to offer citizenship for religious minorities fleeing persecution…

by | Dec 14, 2019

As elections go, the one in Algeria on Thursday was a — what’s the term? — humdinger. Five candidates, electorate of over 20 millions, estimated valid ballots, 301. But you know what I mean. “Hinky Dink” Kenna, who used to…

by | Dec 13, 2019

If, as is likely, you got your French history info from Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca, you know the legendary French Resistance (small bands of patriots that suddenly included 40 million Frenchmen on June 8, 1944) began in Africa as well as…

by | Nov 26, 2019

As Britain prepares for a general election on December 12, the threat of foreign state interference is the subject of much discussion. But while most people’s attention is firmly focussed on Russia, questions remain about the involvement of Britain’s third-largest…

by | Nov 22, 2019

The name Benjamin literally means “man of the right,” and Prime Minister Netanyahu had nowhere left to turn. His only hope was to win a new election, but after holding two in one year that he could not win decisively,…

by | Nov 13, 2019

On November 1, 1961, Lenin’s tomb disgorged Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin’s embalmed remains. After his death in March 1953, Stalin’s body was displayed next to that of Bolshevik founder Vladimir Ilych Lenin. Stalin’s death, perhaps a murder orchestrated by secret policy…

by | Nov 3, 2019

France is my favourite destination on earth. I love the food, culture, history, language — you name it. I adore Paris. But be warned: as with many European countries, if you’re looking for friendly service, it’s imperative to choose restaurants…

by | Oct 31, 2019

As the World Series approached a finale, I was in Panama City — the one with the canal, not the popular spring break destination of the same name in the Florida panhandle. With every television in every sports bar or…

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