Timbuktu conjures up images of remote parts of the earth and fabled ancient monuments. Now radical Islamic groups, with ties to al Qaeda, have taken over the north in Mali, destroying monuments and torturing civilians in a brutal interpretation of Sharia law.
The best thing about Tuesday, was that after getting her assurances from the Prez, my girl proposed to me. Maybe just because she could.
Islamophobia in America is not innate. Rather it's the fruit of a decade long hysteria against Muslims generated by a largely Republican machine comprised of Republican pundits, conservative funders, media conglomerates and fiery politicians.
Political commentators have, as usual, been searching for clues in U.S. presidential history to help predict how the race will turn out. However, it may be that the answers to 2012 are to be found not in the history books, but rather across the Atlantic Ocean.
If the rule of law is not applied equally, whereby a teenager harboring a pack of marijuana gets jail time while executives who cashed in millions pedaling fraudulent financial instruments remain untrammeled, the very edifice of America begins to crumble.
President Hollande, the national political agenda can no more be separated from the international one. To help the French people, you simply must be at the forefront of the emergence of a better global world, and soon that occasion will be granted to you: the opportunity to pass a FTT.
What the business and financial people driving the economy have forgotten is that the gains they derive from profits produced by enterprise must be shared if our society is to function with any cohesion.
During the presidential campaign Francois Hollande consistently evoked the name and legacy of Francois Mitterrand who governed France from 1981 till 1995. But Mitterrand performed a complete U-turn during this time.
My hope is that the Hollande presidency dramatically advances a profound discourse about the meaning of democracy and capitalism, inspiring brilliant minds to propose innovative ideas that can save Europe, America and the world.
The continual gatherings of heads of state, such as the one just concluded in Rome of Germany, France, Greece and Italy, reassure us that the euro will be saved. But the means to do so seem to be as elusive as ever.
Does social media now rule politics? When Valerie Trierweile composed a two-word, carefully timed message and released it on Twitter, who could have predicted its impact on recent French elections?
Angela Merkel's increasing isolation among European leaders should increase the chances that the austerity mongers may yet relent. But Merkel, thus far, shows no sign of moderating her stance.
The first half of June will be hot, nervous and slow. This is neither a weather forecast nor a traffic report but a commentary on the timeline facing the EU.
Because Germany, uniquely among European nations, is enjoying an economic boom, it will take real courage for the German Social Democrats to propose a fundamentally different course.
Less than a month after France chose her new president and few months before Germany starts her own elections campaigns, Europe is dealing with a collapse of more countries in the eurozone.
Will France do for Houla and Homs what she has done for Benghazi and Misrata?