There is a simple way to keep a country at war: language tricks that obscure what is going on. The Afghanistan War has contributed several. The most widely used is "militants."
The Gordon-Gecko-of-France's sentence was pathetically short compared to the 20 years the fictional character played by Michael Douglas was ordered to serve.
Considered by many to be the coloratura soprano of the past century, Dame Joan Sutherland has died. Australian media said the Sydney-born bel canto diva died at age 83 in Switzerland.
China has let the secret out -- dissident Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Prize for Peace last week. The official China Daily reported it in an article quoting a Norwegian judge/writer who said the selection of Liu was wrong.
Diplomatic immunity apparently doesn't cover brutal murders, not even for a Saudi prince. This was shown by a London jury's conviction this week of a Saudi King's grandson, arrested for murdering a servant described as his lover.
With his native Australia abandoning him, and Sweden chasing him away with sex charges that clearly are not being pursued, Julian Assange may soon qualify as this century's "Man Without A Country."