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Woman in the Dunes

Imperial_sand_dunesTony Hervas, a colossus of a man, was chief U.S. interpreter (Spanish/English) during the lengthy negotiations reverting the Panama Canal “back” to Panama, under President Carter.

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Ward Just and American Romantic

US_embassy_Prague_2847With a certain urgency, I write on Ward Just’s eighteenth novel, American Romantic.  It’s about the stay anyone in the Foreign Service would want to write, but Just has done it for us.  Gail Godwin in The New York Times of June 6 called it “one of his best.”

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Gone but Not Forgotten

4710775639_904a16ed74I want to say how very sorry I am about the Gulf Stream.  I hope some Europeans and West Africans will be there to accept my heartfelt apology.

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Supporting Freedom in Cuba

ministerio del ineriorIf they succeed in breaking the back of the communist system, how might a new democratically elected government start to put things right?

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The Ghost of Christmas Past

Former Vice President Dick Cheney Speaks At Luncheon On Long Island…when Dick Cheney reappeared to defend the practice of torture, it was the worst specter of Christmas past.

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The Christmas Truce at 100

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 2.43.26 PMThe story has been told many times. (photo: Sainsbury)

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Dickens Noir

JHM1Anyone who dismisses Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as Victorian treacle should see the latest adaptation of the story as mounted by the Houston Grand Opera.

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President Putin Addresses the Nation

putinOn 4 December Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his ‘state of the nation’ address to the Federal Assembly and an audience of over 1000 people. So, how was it as a speech?

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