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In Memoriam: Gore Vidal

In Memoriam: Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal was in Vienna in October of 2004, just before the U.S. presidential election that would leave George W. Bush in office for a second term. While a life-long Republican, Vidal was no fan of Bush or the Iraq War or any of the rest of “the foolishness” that he saw coming out of […]

Tragedy Between The Ads

I am a retired expat American who continues to consider returning to his family and his roots in the United States. To feel the pulse of events back home, I’ve found it helpful to see the United States through the eyes of the American television journalist, Rachel Maddow. She has a daily one-hour show on […]

Women Fight Back

Women Fight Back

Without knowing it, the lives of Phyllis Rodriguez, in New York, and Aicha El Wafi, in Paris, intertwined at 08:45, on Sept. 11, 2001. But it was not terror and death which brought them together. It was something even deeper: their love for their respective sons. Theirs is the story about two radically different lives: […]

The Monkey Cage

Immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City and Washington DC, U.S. national and local government leaders pronounced that we should go about our daily business as usual. If we were to change our (American) way of life, even one step,  then the terrorists win:  The terrorists would be dragging our civilization down […]

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