What accounts for that greatness? What does it take to become a global icon, one mourned by the entire planet, one whose incalculable legacy many have already rushed in to claim?
The profound symbolism of the moment more than outweighs the lighter substantive elements of the temporary agreement. The United States and its partners appeared tough and got very little. Iran appeared tough and gave up very little. Both sides saved face.
Did you hear the one about Obama and Kerry in a Middle East casino? They start off with lots of chips. They're playing craps, making a couple of large bets which they lose. So they take their remaining chips and head to the blackjack table.
There's still a fair amount of mystery around the West's much ballyhooed almost deal with Iran on its hotly disputed nuclear program. Like, what was the deal? And why did it suddenly stall?
What are we to make of the latest broken stereotype, the one that portrays the French as Europe's leading surrender monkeys? After French Foreign Min...
At this point, we cannot undo the surveillance or what has been called cyber bullying. It is important, however, that American officials recognize the intensity of the European reaction, that it is serious, and that it is justified.
"The fact that women run for Mayor of Paris is a sign of the times. There's nothing women can't do. Even so, I long for the day when gender doesn't matter in politics. What matters is who you are, what kind of citizen you are and what you campaign for. "
It is not yet clear whether the Russian plan is the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end of chemical weapons in Syria, but one way or the other, mass murder by chemical weapons, a crime against humanity, must not be tolerated.
Who, Colombani asks, wanted to kill off Le Monde at the dawn of the new millennium, when Colombani was in charge of France's newspaper of record? Whose interests was it offending? From what spring bubbled the hate that an unbroken line of French presidents felt for the paper?
Two choices, my American friends. Either you cling to the anarcho-capitalism that brought us all to the brink in 2008 -- or you admit that our fight is your fight, too, and that in defending the cultural exception, France is pleading not for France but for the world.
Only a few hours following Rouhani's victory, too many governments directly tackled the nuclear issue within the few lines of their communiqués. The Iranians just got out of an election, Rouhani won: congratulations!
It is a test for the G8, a group of advanced economies that must lead by example. The challenge is to work together to do everything in our power to build a safer, more prosperous, more sustainable, and fairer future.
Today's economic doldrums do not have to last forever, and President Hollande has an opportunity to reverse this situation. But he has to move quickly and in a way that puts pragmatic, growth-oriented reforms first -- and Socialist ideology second.
Beyond more focused EU spending is also the responsibility of business to help bring down youth unemployment by showing what they have to offer Europe in order to make the transition from school to work flow more smoothly.
If the tragedy of Europe is the failure to see that Africa is not Europe or its offspring, and the mentality that Africa resides at the margin of history, the tragic situation of some African intelligentsia is the lack of trust in African self-development.
If invested with popular legitimacy, Europe's success will depend on balancing it with long-term focused meritocratic governance and avoiding capture by short-term and particular special interests. A middle Way between West and East is indeed necessary.