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Four Hundred Fifty-One Degrees is not a boy band. The group was founded by a boy, and it is led by a boy, but its ranks are primarily girls. It came together just 18 months ago and, depending on the week, it claims 15 to 20 members. That fluctuation...
Broadly speaking, a film festival's programmers can handle news of a new lineup one of two ways: all at once, or nearly; or the drib-drab approach. The Chicago International Film Festival goes for the dribs and drabs. The 48th edition of founder and...
Foreign policy is often a form of theater, with elaborate rituals and pretenses that no one takes too literally. But rarely have the gimmicks of stagecraft been as obvious as in the latest standoff between North Korea and the United States. Lately, even...
Ten years have passed since the United States invaded Iraq, a decision that almost everyone now ranks as one of the worst foreign policy blunders of our time. Why "almost"? Former President George W. Bush and his top aides still maintain that the invasion...
The Hartford CourantYou know you're in trouble when you can't even get your walk-back story straight. Stung by the worldwide derision that met President Barack Obama's fudging and fumbling of his chemical-weapons red line in Syria, the White House leaked to The New York...
It is useful to look at what President Barack Obama might accomplish on his visit to Israel, which starts Wednesday. Whether or not a new government has been formed, the most important aspect of Obama's visit is, in my view, what he says to the people of...
Tags: Barack Obama, Politics, Islam, Camp David, Elections
Ten years ago this week, Americans were about to be introduced to a strange new concept, as they awaited the U.S. war to bring regime change in Iraq. Coined by American military officers, it encapsulated a situation in which everything went right until...
With its founder Michael Kutza nearing his half-century mark as leader, the Chicago International Film Festival announced its 48th edition slate Thursday. Heavily concentrated, as it has been in recent years, at the downtown AMC River East 21 multiplex,...
In "Gimme the Loot," a loose, disarming bit of larceny — and one of the bright offerings of the 48th Chicago International Film Festival — director Adam Leon's Bronx-bred characters live to tag. Teenage graffiti artists on the run, the friends...
Si alguien mata a una persona en Irán, no sólo tiene que cumplir la pena correspondiente, sino pagar una suma de dinero a la familia del muerto. Pero le sale más barato matar a una mujer o a un extranjero, porque en ese caso se paga la mitad. Es uno de...
Tags: Argentina, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
With the United States locked in confrontation with Iran, was it good or bad for diplomacy that "Argo," a movie about U.S. spies getting the best of the Iranians, won this year's Academy Award for best picture? Depends on whom you ask. To Iran's...
Syria's dictator, Bashar al-Assad, isn't the only leader who is crossing "red lines" these days. U.S. President Barack Obama has also crossed a few. Here are three of them: 1. He crossed a red line by asserting the existence of a red line that he then...
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May 14, 2013 |Column| Allentown Morning Call
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