Entries about 'international'

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The North Coast

Last September Francie and I cruised the length of the Norwegian coast, starting down from the top. Half of that trip is north of the Arctic Circle, including Hammerfest, where I joined The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society.

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Report from Ukraine

Ukraine should be vigorously taking defensive measures while it asks for help. The Russian bear is at the door, and it’s hungry.

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“Putin Has Knocked the Pieces off the Board”

The Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, explains what we can do about it.

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Flamenco

Duende is the effect that flamenco, the national dance of Spain, seeks to achieve – a particular emotional impact. Suddenly in the room there’s a collective rapture.

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What Europe’s Islamic Radicals Really Want

Olivier Roy, a lifelong French specialist on Islamic affairs, says today’s radicals are disoriented dropouts, not apostles of long-term objectives that will really be advanced by violence.

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An Essential Move in Afghanistan

The Afghan economy is at a dangerous crossroads. A strong market economy could very well survive without democracy in Afghanistan, but the fledgling democracy in Kabul stands little chance without a vigorous economy.

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Glimpses of Vietnam

Going for a stroll in Saigon at either end of a business day is like walking along the bank of a furiously rushing torrent: a torrent of motorcycles, tens of thousands of them, hurtling past. Since much of the city has no traffic lights, you wait and hope for a break in the flow, which may not happen.

All this is something of a metaphor for Vietnam in general: everything is pervaded by hustle, bustle and optimism; by enthusiastic movement.

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Talks with China’s Leaders

China has her own interests, and unlike Americans, who like to bash ahead, the Chinese follow the maxim of their favorite strategist Sun Tze: “Be subtle, be subtle.”

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Continental Drift—America and France

I have always loved France, and it is with chagrin that I see the centrifugal forces of history steadily separating that wonderful country and my own.

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