On Tuesday in Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande both rounded on Russia for its malign influence in Syria. Especially given Obama’s disastrous “reset” policy on Russia — the fruits of which include blood on the streets of Kyiv — it was rather late, but nevertheless welcome. For two presidents floundering on the domestic front, a turn to foreign affairs was welcome. Continue reading
It’s been an enjoyable quadrennial practise to mark the opening of the winter Olympics with a lighthearted look at the absurdity of many of the sports, and the further absurdity of a nation cheering madly for a gold medal in armed cross-country skiing, or biathlon, as they prefer to call it. Continue reading
COLOGNE, GERMANY – Tuesday marked the 12th centenary of the death of Charlemagne, who was buried on the same day he died, Jan. 28, 814, in the Kaiserdom — the imperial cathedral — of Aachen, just a short drive from Cologne, on the Belgian border. Continue reading
- at the Mount of the Beatitudes, Galilee, Israel -
It is easy to see the gun in a man’s hand, rather more difficult to read what might be in his heart.