Category World Affairs

The View From Abroad

German class. Seventeen students from 14 different countries. Apparently, there is one that most of us have in common, aside from our inability to communicate in German. I don’t know how we got on to the topic, but it seems most of the class is thoroughly convinced that Donald Trump is an idiot. From that […]

A Special Place in Hell

He’s recanted and repented, but it seems a bit forced and not particularly heartfelt. Memo to the US government: you might want to make sure your messaging is a little less emotionally charged. That might save you some worldwide embarrassment. The recent trade spat between the US and Canada has me wondering about the theological […]

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

The big news today is that Donald Trump has signed a document committing himself and the US to an ongoing de-nuclearization and peace process in Korea. Of course, the last time President Trump signed an international statement was last weekend – an agreement he repudiated within two hours. Makes you wonder what his signature is […]

The Biggest Prize

After a week of reflections on the trail above St. Ulrich, I’m ready for a break. We’ll return to the trail in a few days, but I have a few other things on my mind that I want to share. Barrack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize when he had been the American president for […]

Trumpocracy

If you want to read a thoughtful analysis of the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, then this is the book to choose, not Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. There’s no gossip here, no anonymous musings such as Wolff gave us. David Frum, who has a set of solid Republican credentials, answers the question Hillary […]

Did You Know It’s Voting Day?

They go to the polls in northern Iraq today, the area residents call Kurdistan. By the time you read this the results may be known. No matter the outcome it is a political problem, not only for the central government in Baghdad but for the rest of the world. I have been to Iraq a […]

The Rip-Off

How do you react when someone lies to your face? What do you do when you have no recourse? No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. When Hurricane Harvey was heading for the Texas coast, more than a week ago now, there was speculation as to what effect, if any, the storm would have on […]