Even though Putin lectured Obama at length, after forcing him to come to his dacha outside Moscow, about Russia's concerns, with a very special emphasis on Ukraine, the reality that the administration had to deal not with a nice ally and potential buddy but a tough guy with very clearly defined limits did not sink in.
In invading, occupying, and finally annexing Crimea, Vladimir Putin pointed Russia's guns at Ukraine and said: your territorial sovereignty or your life. So far, extortion has worked -- and Putin knows it. Indeed, in his speech announcing the annexation of Crimea, Putin spoke his mind: his regime fears no punishment and will do whatever it pleases. Crimea is just the first step toward realizing his dream of revived Russian greatness.
The right to freedom of belief protects (or should protect) the Muslim in Christian-majority nations, the Christian in Muslim-majority nations, and the unbeliever in both sorts of nations.
The idea that the world we create at a personal level can influence if not determine the sort of world we create at the national and international level seems naïve, perhaps, unless one looks at the default alternative, consigned to us by the media: that our role is to be a spectator in the global wrestling arena.
Families need to be with other families. A night out lets you enjoy adult interaction and allows your son to mix it up with kids his own age in a context outside of school.
These trips inspire us to head out to the far reaches of the Earth in search of wild, rugged lands, unique cultures, and unforgettable experiences.
The invaders called her "La Malinche" -- meaning something like "the captain's woman" -- but legends say her name was really Malinalli.
In reality, "Lisbon" is an incredible gem, heartier than an artichoke and with more history than a Dan Brown book.
Waiting 30 years for "big reforms" that never came, Italy should immediately lower full voting rights from 25 to 18 and electoral right to the Senate from 45 to 25. This would enhance political stability and justice for all
It was several years ago at a French course in, where better, France. I had enrolled in a six-week summer class at the Paris branch of a U.S. college, up for fun and wanting to cop some credits toward teaching French back home.
The Italian way of eating is about the enjoyment of quality genuine food and drink.
I sat down with one of the coordinators, journalist and writer Costi Rogozanu, in Bucharest last May. At a café in the park across from the massive parliament building, he told me about his own political trajectory.
By Meg Zimbeck There are a lot of inflammatory stories in the media about how Europe is trying to bully the U.S. in trade talks into "giving back" it...
Organizing the Olympics is not only the precise opposite of international isolation, it probably emboldened Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine. Why did Russia get the Olympics in the first place given its appalling human rights record?
The EU has not seen smooth sailing over the past few years. It has faced a number of challenges from a recession to a currency crisis. The experience of Croatia, the newest state to join the EU, may prove enlightening when it comes to the EU's prospects for the future.
Take a moment, please, to note the passing of a distinguished spokesman for the left, a man both firebrand and gadfly, of whom many Americans have never even heard. Yet what he did and said are of importance to us all and especially to the cause of democracy.