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Commentary > China Post > Arthur Cyr
There is progress in the long-term struggle to achieve a nuclear agreement with Iran. Reliable reports indicate the United States and Iran have moved toward compromise.
 
"I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic."
 
"To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war," said Winston Churchill in 1954, supporting the principle of nations negotiating. These wise words from a great leader should be kept in mind regarding Ukraine, where Russia has been aggressively supporting rebel forces.
 
"I am shocked, shocked to find ... gambling ..." This famous line of the cynical Captain Renault to night club manager Rick in the film classic "Casablanca" comes to mind in reflecting on the practices of American credit rating agencies.
 
"The Greek Way" no longer has quite such splendid implications for many. This is the title of a best-selling book on ancient Greece by German-American author Edith Hamilton, published in 1930 and reprinted regularly since. She was one of the most visible public advocates of the classics of the twentieth century, and her influence continues.
 
While U.S. President Barack Obama's Jan. 20 State of the Union address garnered much greater media attention, the joint press conference the previous week with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron was revealing -- and perhaps more important.
 
January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, provides occasion for reflection as well as recognition. We honor his personal courage as well as political impact as catalyst for the civil rights revolution.
 
The effort of North Korea to suppress Sony's satirical film "The Interview" has failed, but only after initial success. For months, Pyongyang has expressed outrage about the irreverent production.
 
"Nattering nabobs of negativism," is probably the most enduring of the many alliterative pronouncements of Spiro Agnew, vice president in the Nixon administration until forced to resign because of corruption. This particular phrase, penned by Nixon speechwriter William Safire, derogatively denigrated diligent reporters for placing bad news above good.
 
This Christmas season, devoted to charity and peace, is also the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle in the history of the United States. The U.S. military remains engaged in Afghanistan, and involved elsewhere on the globe even after withdrawal from Iraq. Do lessons of the Second World War apply?
 
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