Gamma Senmin, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1783). Freer Collection, Washington.

Gamma Senmin, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1783). Freer Collection, Washington.

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Reporter Sharmine Narwani on the secret history of America’s defeat in Syria - April 21, 2019- After years covering the “main battlefield in World War III,” Narwani says everything you think you know is wrong When the war in Syria was recently declared decisively over, there were few correspondents or witnesses to turn to for a...
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Trump & the Bolton-Pompeo Axis - April 16, 2019- Patrick Lawrence eyes the U.S. president’s difficulties with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton as he tries to resume peace talks with Pyongyang. Moon Jae-in’s Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump last Thursday marked an important...
VIDEO – CrossTalk: China Arrives in Europe - April 5, 2019- China has arrived in Europe in a very big way and not everyone in the West is welcoming this. Italy’s support of China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a game changer. The Washington consensus that has dominated the world for...

Cú Chulainn.

        Cú Chulainn stirred,
        Stared on the horses of the sea, and heard
        The cars of battle and his own name cried;
        And fought with the invulnerable tide.
                       ——Yeats, Cú Chulainn’s Fight with the  Sea, 

Journal Entry #46 - April 19, 2019- 1. Mueller’s Rorschach test. NORFOLK, CONN., APRIL 19—Jiminy Cricket. It is black, it is white. It tells all, it tells nothing. The president is off the hook, the president now dangles on it —and will for the rest of his...
Journal Entry #45 - April 12, 2019- The complicit. NORFOLK, CONN., APRIL 12—The heart grew sick, the heart broke a little more, on seeing the pictures of Julian Assange as he was forcibly removed from the Ecuadoran embassy in London yesterday. Packed into a waiting police van,...