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During the intense fall U.S. presidential contest 56 years ago, Sen. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon made history by debating face to face on nationwide TV -- and also radio.
The United Nations, once a focus of intense controversy in United States politics, is now broadly accepted.
The passing of Shimon Peres of Israel provides an opportunity to evaluate his leadership, and also the evolving political and strategic situation of his country and the wider region. Undeniably, he is a remarkable figure, influential in death as he was during his long life.
"Bullets wrote our past. Education, our future."
"A riddle, wrapped in an enigma, inside a mystery" is how Winston Churchill described the Soviet Union. He was speaking in October 1939, right after World War II commenced in Europe, but his words have direct importance for current developments.
"Today we announce an arrangement that we think has the capability of sticking." That is how U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, standing with Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, announced the Sept. 9 agreement to pursue a ceasefire and longer-term stability in Syria.
"... Nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." In that Biblical statement (Galatians 3:28) St. Paul underscores basic equality between women and men. Elsewhere in the New Testament, women leaders are highlighted, often in caring and positive roles.
South Korea and the United States on Aug. 22 began regular annual joint military exercises, including operations near the North Korea border.
Brazil is truly a nation in flux. The Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have unfolded fairly smoothly, though not without incidents and ongoing tensions. On Aug. 14, four swimmers from the United States reported being robbed, but that incident is now discounted.
"Spooked by Brexit, Mr. Bond?" That is the caption under a photograph of actor Daniel Craig, our current James Bond, pistol in hand, looking concerned.
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