May 9, 2015   It was churlish for western leaders to boycott this week’s Victory Parade in Moscow that commemorated the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany 70 years ago. Historic events are facts that should not be manipulated according to the latest political fashions.  Being angry at Moscow for […]


April 25, 2015   It’s good and right that we commemorate the mass killing in the Ottoman Empire during World War I of between 500,000 and 1.5 million Armenians.    Many nations now call the slaughter of 1915-1916 as “genocide.” This week the 100th anniversary of the notorious event was […]


March 27, 2015 The  horror of the Germanwings suicide-mass murder hits me with particular force because  I went through a similar nightmare myself, and because I know very well the exact Alpine area where the doomed airliner crashed.    The passengers aboard the ill-fated German A320 aircraft must have had 3-5 […]