With the holidays over and big credit card bills about to arrive, let’s talk about how to get you through the throes of January — including a sneak peek into topics I expect to cover in the next few months. Read More
Hailing from the western foothills of the French Alps, the wines from Savoie have warmed up skiers for decades.
Many of these folks, who come from all over the world, would enjoy them on the slopes, but return to drinking other wines upon returning home.
However, that is changing. Now, Savoie is becoming internationally famous for its wine as well as its cuisine. Read More
Jane Camblin, the head of the French American International School will celebrate the Hayes Valley institution’s 50th anniversary Feb. 10-11 with an alumni reunion and public lectures by artists, writers and distinguished alumni. Read More
Some 57 percent of French people polled said they believe International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn — accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel worker — is innocent and has been framed in a conspiracy. A widely popular Socialist politician who was preparing to run for the presidency next year, Strauss-Kahn, 62, has long been known as a self-proclaimed womanizer. He is currently being held without bail in Rikers Island prison. Read More
Just when you think you’ve reached maximum possible cynicism about politics, you discover that, actually, you haven’t been cynical enough. We got dragged into Libya by our NATO allies, who aren’t competent to run a proper air war against a crumbling Third-World autocracy and are now complaining that we’re not doing more to bail them out. Read More
France’s riot police are threatening to strike over a new ban against drinking on duty. Public uproar at photos of riot police drinking bottles of beer and wine while wearing body armor and carrying weapons during a Paris street protest made police chiefs decide to end the tradition. “Nobody should object to a small drink on jobs … Our members are very unhappy at being treated like children,” said Didier Mangione, national secretary of the police union. Read More
It’s standard practice for newspaper reporters to quote “the man in the street”—ordinary individuals whose personal experiences are examples of the practical results of larger political or economic developments. But how typical are these persons in the street? Read More
Moammar Gadhafi’s security forces are dressing like civilians and driving civilian vehicles attempting to adapt their fighting to avert NATO air-strikes, according to NATO officials and reports from the region. Read More
One thing on which there seems to have been agreement during the month-long debate about how the United States should respond to the uprisings in the Middle East, and in particular to the anti-Gaddafi rebels in Libya, is that we must not act unilaterally. Read More
The U.S. controls the most powerful military force in the history of Earth. Its military dominates the globe and has troops operating in over 150 different nations. And the scope of this strength is not lost upon our civilian leaders. Read More