Whose Race Problem?: Lots of Americans Accept Obama. But Will the World?

“Will Americans vote for a black man?” I’ve been asked this question by foreigners of various origins a dozen — or maybe three dozen — times since the U.S. presidential campaign began for real in January. Now we have the answer: Yes, Americans will vote for a black man. Which means that it is time …

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Mugabe’s Roman Holiday

With an unerring sense of timing, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe arrived in Rome yesterday, thereby demonstrating the profound limitations of international diplomacy. Indeed, it’s hard to think of any other single gesture that would so effectively reveal the ineffectiveness of international institutions in the conduct of human rights and food aid policy. Even someone …

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The Busiest Generation

Ah, the rituals of American spring: the unpacking of the flip-flops, the exchanging of the snowblowers for the lawn mowers, the first traffic jams on the highway to the beach — and the annual spate of reports on the stressful lives of high school seniors.

The Hitler Analogy

“Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals. . . . We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided.’ ” — George W. Bush, …

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Go Around the Generals

They are “cruel, power-hungry and dangerously irrational,” in the words of one British journalist. They are ” violent and irrational,” according to a journalist in neighboring Thailand. Our own State Department leadership has condemned their “xenophobic, ever more irrational policies.”

A Warning Shot From Moscow?

Before it happened, nobody imagined that the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo would set off World War I. Before the “shot heard round the world” was fired, I doubt that 18th-century Concord expected to go down in history as the place where the American Revolution began.

Whiskey statt Wodka

Am 7. Mai wird Dmitri Medwedjew in sein Amt als Präsident Russlands eingeführt. Er wird den Amtseid ablegen und anschließend von einer präsidialen Wagenkolonne nach Hause geleitet werden, vermutlich zu einer Präsidentendatscha.

London’s Personality Contest

First, a disclaimer: I have known Boris Johnson, the Tory candidate for mayor of London, for 15-odd years. During that time, I’ve met his first wife, his second wife and his mistress, though I don’t think the latter merited that title when we were introduced.

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