A football reveals the circus of American politics

Americans have, as a society, become obsessed with trivial pursuits, writes columnist Tom Regan. That’s not necessarily new — but the advent of the Internet and social media has kicked this cultural trait into hyper-drive. An excerpt of his new Seeking Orenda column, Bread,circuses

Have Somalia’s lessons, hard-learned, have finally taken?

  The only war in which Jonathan Manthorpe felt compelled to hire bodyguards was in Somalia. Lessons were learned the hard way in Somalia’s last quarter century, but as a glimmer of light now illuminates the country, at last. An excerpt of his

After almost 25 years, a glimmer of light in the Somali tunnel

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 30, 2015 The burned-out palace of ousted dictator Siad Barre was still smouldering when I got to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, almost exactly 24 years ago. On Jan. 27, 1991, Barre had emptied the contents of the national

Blues pioneer Long John Baldry led the British greats

Long John Baldry was the British blue-eyed blues pioneer who taught Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and Elton John how to sing blues-based rock ‘n’ roll. But, as s Arts columnist Brian Brennan reports in his new time capsule piece, Baldry got left behind when Jagger,

Auschwitz: 70 years after a death factory is liberated

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, when Soviet troops freed the survivors of the Nazi death factory. More than one million people were murdered at Auschwitz, most of them Jews.  Read Auschwitz: ‛It took from three to 15 minutes to

Who are you calling “American People?”

‘The American people’ do not exist, writes Tom Regan, author of F&O’s Seeking Orenda column. “They are as much of a myth as Sasquatch, Area 51, Nigerian yellow cake, and the Tooth Fairy.” An excerpt of his new column, Why the ‘American people

Rabbie Burns, och aye

On January 25, say Scotch drinkers the world over, we are all Scottish. Today’s the birthday of Robert Burns, the Scottish bard and one of the first Romantic poets. ’tis as good an excuse as any to pour a dram of single malt.

Today’s election could change Greece — and Europe

For years the world has watched Greece, the cradle of democracy, implode in protests and economic decline. Indebted Greece has long been ill-served by its political and business leaders, and lately beholden to creditors bent on austerity. And today when the Greek

Verbatim: The Doomsday Clock ticks closer to disaster

January 23, 2015 Scientists, including 17 Nobel laureates, this week moved the minute hand of their terrible Doomsday Clock two minutes ahead, as they urged world leaders to defuse nuclear and climate-change threats to the world and humanity. We humans have, metaphorically, just

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