by | Jan 17, 2020

World War II created untold carnage around the globe. The injustice, the tragedy, and the horror as a tsunami of violence washed over multiple lands. Yet some cases still stand out. Such as the fate of Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg. Hungary…

by | Oct 30, 2019

Introduction: With the Cold War still raging, I joined a group of 10 American specialists on the Middle East and related topics who traveled to Moscow in November and December 1983. We met intensively over four days with Soviet counterparts…

by | Sep 24, 2019

“That wasn’t real socialism.” “I want democratic socialism, not authoritarian socialism.” “Capitalism is an archaic system.” If you know a politically active young person, I am sure at least one of these quotes will ring a bell. Well, at least 49.6 percent sure…

by | Dec 4, 2018

Vladimir Nabokov in Context Edited by David M. Bethea and Siggy Frank (Cambridge University Press, 334 pages, $79.81) The late great Russian-born novelist Vladimir Nabokov amassed a range of critical comments during his 78 years, more than enough to qualify…

by | Aug 7, 2018

An examination of human migration patterns over the past several thousand years demonstrates one fundamental truth: People seek places where they can be free and can pursue prosperity. This simple premise explains why the United States, the world’s beacon of…

by | Sep 19, 2017

This past week the 70th anniversary of the CIA passed without much fanfare, strikingly in-line with the clandestine nature of the agency. However at a time when our intelligence community is facing increasing public scrutiny, distrust, and even hostility, it…

by | Apr 18, 2017

In 1985 I spent 13 days in Russia — then officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), but which I will call Russia for reader convenience. I traveled with 100 others, under the august auspices of the Smithsonian Institution….

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