A Polish Seaman Who Wrote for the Ages

At a time of uncertainty, what’s to read? There’s the consolation of religion, the Bible. Any number of thinkers have their proposals. And then, quite apart, is Joseph Conrad, the Polish-born English writer whose many novels and stories deal with uncertainty, a fact of life that is always with us he seems to say, a perpetual challenge to which we must somehow rise.

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Invisible Woman for President

Why are we stuck with two elderly white men running for U.S. President? complain the media. No woman, no one of color is now involved. But wait, take a closer look. There’s still still a woman, not altogether white, who remains in the race: Tulsi Gabbard, former congresswoman from Hawaii, who has all the qualities necessary in an era of identity politics.

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The Mystery of Russia

For a century the U.S. has been transfixed by Russia, myth clashing with reality, admiration alternating with hostility, submissiveness with pugnacity. Take your pick. The U.S. can’t seem to get Russia straight or is it Russia that can’t seem to get straight?

For a century the U.S. has been transfixed by Russia, myth clashing with reality, admiration alternating with hostility, submissiveness with pugnacity. Take your pick. The U.S. can’t seem to get Russia straight or is it Russia that can’t seem to get straight?

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Hit Man

One of the most prestigious and high paying jobs in Mexico is the hit man, he who assassinates people on the order of the drug cartels. One of this illustrious group told how he went about his work to the late Charles Bowden, author of many books on Mexican drug violence, and Molly Molloy, a research librarian at Mexico State University, in their book “El Sicario” (Hit Man). Continue reading “Hit Man”

Hero of a Forgotten War

The United States is now engaged in more wars than ever before in its history, explaining perhaps the lack of concentration on the most significant enemy ISIS. Hard to keep them all straight. Then there’s the mostly unreported war south of the US border between the drug cartels and the Mexican people. So it’s no surprise that a past war – Vietnam – is largely forgotten, especially since it didn’t turn out so well. Continue reading “Hero of a Forgotten War”

Acapulco Off Limits

When it was time to relax, Hollywood stars like Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor and Errol Flynn, among others, headed straight for their version of paradise – sunny, fun-filled Acapulco on Mexico’s Pacific coast, where the good times kept coming. In a splendid setting at the famed Flamingo hotel on the cliffs above town, they sipped their favorite loco coco cocktail, savored the view, and the only danger they faced was getting a little tipsy too close to the edge. Continue reading “Acapulco Off Limits”