August 26, 2011 |
In March, a few days after NATO planes began bombing Libya, Moammar Kadafi delivered a speech to the nation he had ruled for more than four decades. "Great Libyan people," he began, "you are now living through glorious hours. " In the speech, designed to rally Libyans with soaring rhetoric to stand against the rebellion and the foreign attacks, Kadafi ended with a promise. "We will defeat them by any means.... We are ready for the fight, whether it will be a short or a long one....
June 25, 2010 |
For decades, R.C. Sharma has regulated time in one-second increments. Now, as he offers tea to visitors, surrounded by boxes of precision machinery and the sign that graced his watch-repair shop for so long, he's wistful as he sees time, and an era, wind down. "I'm already 74," he said, "and there's not much time left." The gentlemanly watch man inhabits the ever-shrinking corner of India, which still looks to the era of the British Empire, where traditional craftsmanship trumps profit.
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February 15, 2010 |
Dick Francis, a champion steeplechase jockey in Britain who became a bestselling mystery writer, died Sunday at his home in the Cayman Islands. He was 89. Ruth Cairns, a spokeswoman for Francis, told the Associated Press that the author died of natural causes. He wrote more than 40 novels, many featuring racing as a theme, after retiring from racing in 1957. "I haven't suffered the same injuries as my characters, but I have suffered pain and I know it," he told The Times during a visit to Southern California in 1981.
March 23, 2008 |
IN his 90 years, British historian Eric Hobsbawm has seen war and contemplated its catastrophic impact on societies large and small. In his latest collection of essays, "On Empire: America, War, and Global Supremacy" (Pantheon: 128 pp., $19.
November 4, 2007 |
In 1774, an English newspaper called Lloyd's Evening Post published a futuristic fantasy. It was set in 1974 and featured two visitors from "the empire of America" touring the ruins of London. These resembled Piranesi's prints of Roman ruins -- empty, rubble-strewn streets, a single broken wall where Parliament once stood, Whitehall as a turnip field, Westminster Abbey a stable, the Inns of Court a pile of stones "possessed by hawks and rooks," and St.
September 9, 2007 |
In Washington these days, people talk a lot about the collapse of the bipartisan foreign policy consensus that existed during the Cold War. But however bitter today's disputes are about Iraq or the prosecution of the so-called global war on terrorism, there is one bedrock assumption about foreign policy that remains truly bipartisan: The United States will remain the sole superpower, and the guarantor of international security and global trade, for the foreseeable future.