This isn't a hate-on romance, or jewelry. I love both. This is just the story of a story. In fact, it's the story of two stories. One is the story of the very first diamond engagement ring, given to the Princess Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximillion when he proposed in 1477 AD.
As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary -- a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen -- the U.S. sticks stolidly to its strategy of "high-value targeting," our preferred euphemism for assassination.
The idea of big companies continuing to control their markets, and control the behavior of consumers, continues to march on. Even now, two major deals are proceeding apace, one in telecom and one in the entertainment world.
Mexico's drug-related violence will not end with the death of drug kingpin Beltran Leyva. Until we recognize that the U.S.-led global war on drugs is the systemic cause of the carnage, violence will intensify.