Our Moment in Cuba?

Last month I had the privilege of joining a study tour to Cuba with former members of Congress — sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). We met with government and Communist Party officials, members of the National Assembly and Foreign Ministry, artists, scholars, academics, economists, entrepreneurs, even cigar workers. Cubans feel genuine optimism that the recent normalization of relations with the United States may usher in a new era of cooperation. Continue reading

The San Bernardino terrorists’ 6-month-old

Sb_2004_dt_snowskyline_003aFor a while, all she’ll know is that yes, she did have a mommy and daddy, but they died. But one day, whoever is then caring for her may be unable to avoid telling her the rest of the story – how they abandoned her to do a terrible thing, and how they died. Continue reading

Donald Trump and the Big Lie

Donald_Trump_Laconia_Rally,_Laconia,_NH_by_Michael_Vadon_2_July_16_2015_09 Herr Trump, the Clown Prince of the Republican Party, seems hell bent on a variation of the concept originally penned by Adolph Hitler in “Mein Kampf” and refined by Joseph Goebbels. He repeatedly utters outrageous statements about undocumented entrants, alleged celebrating Muslims on 9/11, numbers of proposed Syrian refugees to the U.S., and on and on. The latest outrage is his mocking of the New York Times reporter with a disability. Continue reading

French Intellectual Gets it Right on Terrorism

Paris_vue_d'ensemble_tour_EiffelPascal Bruckner is an esteemed French novelist, essayist and philosopher. Moreover—and decidedly rare among French intellectuals—he is pro-American. He taught for a year at U.C. San Diego, and is a frequent visitor to this country. He recently wrote to an American friend, “If anything tragic comes from the enemies of the West, let us say Russia or ISIS, we will be very happy to be sheltered by the American umbrella as we were in 1917, 1944, and 1948 during the Cold War.” Continue reading

Borders and Identity

LE_Eithne_Operation_TritonGermany is now realising that it cannot make such an apparently open-ended offer, so is pressing hard for other EU countries to share the burden through some sort of mandatory quota system. Poland, Hungary and some other states are resisting. They have spent long decades if not centuries grappling to assert their national and linguistic identity under different imperial powers, and are determined not to see their hard-won independence eroded. Continue reading