Having announced his retirement, Hayao Miyazaki's made one final feature: The Wind Rises. It's an animated film for adults, but I can't imagine adults -- let alone kids -- sitting still for it.
Young and old, we can also be inspired by his sheer political courage. The two strengths came together in his brave but futile campaign to end attacks on civilians during the Algerian War, which he hoped would reduce suffering and might lead to dialogue.
Amidst the great uncertainty that prevails in the Middle East today there is at least one thing that is certain: we are living through a great shift in the region's politics and alliances, the repercussions of which are yet to be fully felt.
Just after 9/11, in a little town not far from Frankfurt, Germany called Rotenkirchen, from where my maternal great grandfather had immigrated in 1848...
Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.
It's a quiet night in the small central-Illinois city of Jacksonville on October 30, 1938. Lou Lemmons, a 19-year-old-waitress at Winston's Cafe, is...
Where will hungry Americans go for help? They will look to food banks, but these are already overstretched and cannot make up the difference. The economy is suffering and hunger will escalate in America if Congress dismantles food safety nets.
Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.
There are moments in one's life that stand apart from the rest. There are magnificent highs and terrifying lows. But then there are those other moments when you know that something seemingly ordinary turns out to be, well, extraordinary.
In the big world beyond the vastly expensive Beltway sandbox of vicious political ping pong and hyper-partisan gamesmanship, China's official press agency is using the debacle to call for "a de-Americanized world."
Attilio Poli is standing tall in the asphalt drive of his back yard. He's gazing at his fig trees and grapevines, but there's a faraway look in his eyes that takes him all the way to Venice.
America is being judged by what's going on in the Washington clown show. The right-wing faction behind it is like the proverbial barking dog that catches the car -- no idea what to do now. And almost certainly no real grasp of the trouble it's causing.
"There's no point in saving a school that trains people to manage fleets of horses if the motorcar has taken over horse-drawn transportation." As a practitioner of newspaper journalism for 46 years now, and as a former Hoosier, I take deep offense at that flippant comment.
Within minutes of Massive Attack V Adam Curtis beginning at the Park Avenue Armory, where it plays through Friday (October 4), I suspected it was goin...
A good deal of attention was given yesterday to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) fake-filibuster. Lost in all the zany hoopla, however, was a point I found utterly remarkable, yet wasn't addressed by any reporters that I heard.