Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | October 12, 2014

    Russia’s budget sets up clash with reality

    Russia is coming face to face with a new and perhaps even more difficult domestic problem than those it has faced in recent years. In the last few years, Moscow has had a tendency to shift money from domestic projects to those that strengthen military

  • Columns | October 10, 2014

    What’s in those 28 secret pages?

    In December 2002, the 9/11 Joint Inquiry — comprised of the House and Senate Intelligence committees — unveiled an 800-page report on the causes of 9/11, only to have the Bush White House redact on “national security” grounds a 28-page chapter titled “Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National

  • Columns | October 05, 2014

    Marsalis review underwhelms

    Wynton Marsalis is the leader of a jazz ensemble that is making history right in front of our eyes. The level of talent in the band that performed Sept. 25 at McCain Auditorium was stronger than anything our audience may have ever witnessed or will ever

  • Columns | October 05, 2014

    Islamic radicals pose a challenge for U.S., West

    Accomplishing something in foreign policy is difficult at best, and often nearly impossible Numerous factors must be taken into account. Some surface on the domestic front, but many — often uncontrollable —external variables also exist.  Among the most complicated are language and culture. Nowhere is

  • Columns |General Activities | October 02, 2014

    Cameron: Royals won wild playoff game in spite of Yost

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You might watch a thousand baseball games and never see anything like this. You know by now that the Royals rallied — implausibly, almost impossibly — to beat the Oakland A’s 9-8 in the 12th inning of an American League wild card playoff

  • Columns | September 28, 2014

    Scottish vote will shake up U.K. governance

    If a single factor has characterized the British political system, it has been strict centralization. Even local government is under the strict control of the central authorities. Funds are allocated downward, and the implementation of major decisions by Parliament is overseen by central authorities. Local

  • Columns | September 21, 2014

    Problems exist, but Obama’s plan is workable

    President Obama’s Sept. 9 speech on battling ISIL marks an important step forward for this administration. Yet not only do many questions remain, but America will have serious problems implementing it. Indications are that this initiative was not something Obama wanted to do, but rather

  • Columns | September 19, 2014

    Scotland missed opportunity in vote for indepencence

    CLOVEFORDS, Scotland — I’m a fourth-generation Scot — and I voted “Yes.” My hope was that Scotland would become an independent country, able to run its own affairs and economy and be fully responsible for them. And stop blaming the government in Westminster. We had a

  • Columns | September 16, 2014

    Scottish vote could affect U.S.

    Whether the question is posed in a commissioned survey or asked casually on the street, most answers are similar. The saddest of them sounds roughly like this… Q: “What do you think of Scotland’s vote on independence this week?” A: “Vote? What vote?” Americans

  • Columns | September 14, 2014

    NATO moves to counter Russian pressure

    One of the side effects of Russia’s interference in eastern Ukraine has been heightened concern in the Baltic and East European states that Russian President Vladimir Putin may decide to meddle in their internal affairs to the point of trying to make them part


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