There will be hidden serendipity for Israel. Israel now rises away from being an American friend and goes alone. It was always Israel’s destiny to do so since Jews began to move from Spain and Europe homeward to Israel 500 years ago.
What is China up to? It has declared dominance over the tiny symbolic islands in the East China Sea and challenged its neighbors and the U.S.
The history of rape in conflict situations is truly horrendous. It is not new, but it is now being talked about and investigated and prosecuted.
The New York Times says China’s new incursions in the South China Sea have a familiar ring: “As in the Cold War, the immediate territorial dispute seems to be an excuse for a far larger question of who will exercise influence over a vast region.”
Chinese planners, if kung fu is any indication, still draw from two classics: Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and the great source of its inspiration, Lao Tzu’s The Tao de Ching. While American governance today is crippled by politics and consumed by marginal, ersatz and even occult thinking.
This time America will not rally behind the vast war inevitably building between China and America. China needs it to avenge the horrors and atrocities inflicted by imperial Japan in World War II. They have not forgotten.
The agreement reached over the weekend between the United States, Iran and major European nations is an important first step.
Small is beautiful and enduring. And it may be nature’s way of making us fuller and more complete and connected human beings. And this time, as goes Europe, so perhaps will go America.
Let's end an economically and politically irritating and exhaustive week in official Washington on a cautiously optimistic note. There is a legitimate possibility of major diplomatic achievements involving the U.S. and Iran coming into view after fairly productive discussions this week in Geneva.
There will be a difficult road to success. As the week ends in Washington, there are proposals circulating at the White House and State Department which, if implemented, would begin with early-stage economic benefits to Iran alongside early-stage Iranian actions that to address the concerns of the U.S. and our allies.
Twenty-four percent of the vote share would be won by the French National Front if European Parliament elections were to be held this year, the Financial Times reports. In 2009, the party got 6.34 percent of the vote. Twenty-seven seats would be won by the Dutch Party of Freedom in the 150-seat Netherlands parliament, up from six in 2008. Possibly most significant, 19.1 percent of the vote share was won by The Finns Party in 2011. In the 2007 election, it won just 4.1 percent of the vote. The Finns once successfully fought off Stalin and the Soviets. Today they fight to return to themselves.