North Korea: Kim Plays It Cool... For NowWhile most of the world was focused on the images of destruction being rained down upon Baghdad and other Iraqi cities last week, some in Washington had half an eye on the Korean Peninsula, waiting to see whether a second front might break out halfway around the world.
Readers of our Oct. 21 report on Brazil's Lula da Silva challenged our view of the erstwhile leftist on various counts. A cynic said, "Lula has nothing new to offer"; another reader warned, "his executive credentials are thin." A third disputed the idea that Lula scares international investors.New and Improved Leadership?In your article "Can Lula Lead?" (world affairs, Oct. 21), John Maguire, senior managing director of New York-based Medley Global Advisers, is quoted as saying that if Lula...
Joseph Balzer has loved flying since his very first time in a plane, at age 7. He still recalls vividly the sound of the old Ford-built prop plane and the feeling that came over him as soon as it left the ground.He can also recall what he thought was going to be his last flight 12 years ago.
The problem with grading how the government has done in protecting us since September 11, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge told me last winter, "is that the only thing people will ever really notice is failure." Step by step, Ridge may be making the homeland "a little bit safer every day," as he promised then.
Money Trail Freezing the Terrorist Cash StashesDespite questions raised last week by the United Nations, Bush administration officials insist their worldwide campaign to eradicate financiers of terrorism has dramatically curbed Osama bin Laden's ability to raise cash for new Qaeda attacks.
On the one hand, Alan Greenspan said the merely obvious last week during that speech to Congress in which he claimed "an infectious greed" had contaminated American business. "It is not that humans have become any more greedy than in generations past," he said. "It is that the venues to express greed had grown so enormously." On the other hand you had tomarvel that the high priest of free-market capitalism, once a disciple of the radically unsentimental libertarian Ayn Rand, should be talking...
Peter PlagensThe short answer is: a bunch of nattily dressed 1930s types doing weird, pointless deeds in the Chrysler Building. The long answer includes a destruction derby in the lobby, an art-deco elevator filled to the brim with cement, an intermission and the prosthetic genitals of an entirely new sex.
Ronald L. Kuby is intimately acquainted with Islamic bombing plots in the United States. The Manhattan attorney defended or assisted more than a dozen people implicated in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the foiled attempt to blow up a series of New York landmarks in that same year.
Rome's Piazza di Spagna is famous as a meeting place for tourists and Italians alike, a place to see and be seen. But this week, it became a symbol of all that is happening in and to America and the perceived danger that faces not only Americans but their allies.Metal detectors were installed inside the American Express office just off the piazza.
"There are roughly three New Yorks," E. B. White wrote in his slender paean to the city, "Here Is New York": the city of the native, "who accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable"; the city of the commuter, "devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night," and the city of the immigrant, who "came to New York in quest of something." Of those, White found this last New York--rich with dreams, fueled by striving, promising renewal--to be far and away the greatest.
Eloise had the right idea. A luxury hotel can be a grand place to live, and not just for impish little girls. These days so many people want to be permanent residents of five-star establishments that innkeepers from Bali to Key Biscayne, Fla., have gone on a building binge, constructing private homes attached to or affiliated with their full-service hotels.
After engaging an architect to design a house, most couples begin the first meeting with a discussion of their functional requirements: "I want a big kitchen." Or specific rooms: "Let's talk about the foyer." Or lifestyle: "We entertain a lot." But to get a house that really fits your needs, you have to get up-close and personal and discuss your habits.