Autumn brings falling temperatures, chill winds, and mournful memories which swirl like fallen leaves on the historical landscape.
In early October, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti. Torrential rains and high winds devastated parts of the already impoverished island, creating a humanitarian nightmare not seen since the 2010 earthquake.
In a quiet but contentious campaign, countries are competing for new openings on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council. Many of the contenders for membership on the Geneva-based body include the political Who's Who of authoritarian regimes who are noteworthy abusers of the very human rights they would be slated to protect.
White smoke has emerged from the Security Council, where the powerful 15-member body, has selected a new U.N.
Justin Trudeau, Canada's media star prime minister, in his first address to the General Assembly, presented a wide-ranging tableau of liberal platitudes and glowing feel good commitments.
Presidents, prime ministers and kings will convene in New York next week for the opening of the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations.
On a picture perfect September morning, the Grim Reaper struck in New York. Hijacked aircraft slammed into the Twin Towers of the Word Trade Center, shattering the myth that terrorism "can't happen here." Before long, the towers were like two belching black smokestacks set against the azure blue sky. America was under direct attack.
The majestic Danube River connects Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Just 40 miles downriver from Vienna, the historic city of Bratislava rises above the Danubian plain.1 Comment
A vital American ally has gone geopolitically adrift in the wake of Turkey's failed military coup and the subsequent crackdown on all forms of domestic political dissent by the strongman ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The bloody coup in which hundreds died, nonetheless served as a tragic backdrop for what appears to be a pre-planned crackdown by Erdogan loyalists on a wide swath of opposition forces.
The recurring terrorist attacks which have plagued France seem to have no bounds nor mercy.1 Comment