International

07/31/2015 - 8:24pm

    At the core of any conflict lies invisibility. The enemy cannot be seen, at least not if seeing betokens the start of understanding. The other is there, a menacing and ineffaceable presence, but is invisible in his or her human dimensions.

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07/23/2015 - 9:38pm

    I’d like to apologize to the people of Greece.

    I’ve been pretty hard on them over the years. I’ve made fun of their freewheeling spendthrift habits, their unwillingness to pay...

07/23/2015 - 9:34pm

    Mathematicians use "imaginary numbers" for abstract concepts such as the square root of -1 (which, since you asked, has two answers: i and -i). The European Union seems to be using a similar trick in constructing a bailout for Greece....

07/23/2015 - 9:34pm

    The Dalai Lama, who may be the only octogenarian spiritual leader with a profoundly mischievous streak, has a suggestion for China’s Communist leaders: Take up reincarnation.

    I’m...

07/23/2015 - 9:30pm

    Remember the birth of the euro, when countries had to clear a set of economic hurdles to be considered worthy of membership? Those thresholds on debts and deficits had two purposes: to prevent profligate nations from tarnishing the new currency, and to make...

07/23/2015 - 9:27pm

    The first thing to understand about the deal forced on Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday is that it resolves nothing. The protracted and avoidable crisis that this compact supposedly concludes may even get worse, and at best will drag on for...

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