June 27, 2010 |
In today's world, America's soft power is commonly thought to reside in the global popularity of Hollywood movies, Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Starbucks. But the facts tell a different story. In a recent poll involving 43 countries, 79% of respondents said that what they most admire about the United States is its leadership in science and technology. The artifacts of the American entertainment industry came in a distant second. In the 1970s, what I, as a young foreign student studying in the United States, found most dynamic, exciting and impressive about this country is what much of the world continues to value most about the U.S. today: its open intellectual culture, its great universities, its capacity for discovery and innovation.
January 20, 2004
You picked the wrong biologist to talk to. "In Its Sights" (Jan. 13), with its "experts," sounds like the official denial and political pandering that set people up to be killed in Boulder, Colo. The key to good lion-human relations is mutual fear and respect. Lions who do not fear humans, who eat pets with impunity, associate humans with food. Lions need to be harassed, by hunting or other means, so that they fear man as predator. Mike Post Winnetka
November 10, 1996 |
Stung by allegations that it uses money to win diplomatic backing, Taiwan said Saturday that it will no longer employ its wealth to fight China's diplomatic blockade. The announcement by Foreign Minister John Chang followed allegations that the Taiwanese governing party's top money man offered to contribute $15 million to President Clinton's reelection campaign at a time when Taiwan was raising its diplomatic profile over furious objections from rival China.
March 17, 1987 |
After a serious discussion of relations between United States and Mexico, John Gavin, former, ambassador to Mexico, gave Chapman College supporters a lesson in diplomacy Friday night. "Henry Kissinger told me diplomacy is nothing more than common sense," Gavin told 100 guests at the Newport Beach home of Judie and George Argyros. "The difference between stupidity and diplomacy?"
March 3, 2009 |
The Obama administration has already concluded that a diplomatic overture to Iran, one of the central promises of the president's election campaign, is unlikely to persuade Tehran to give up its nuclear ambitions. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates in a private meeting Monday that it is "very doubtful" a U.S.
January 16, 1991
Europe: Anti-war protesters marched in cities across the Continent, including Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid and Barcelona. At European airports from London to Rome, added police and security guards checked passengers. Israel: President Chaim Herzog addressed his apprehensive nation. Israel's air force commander said his interceptors were flying around the clock against the possibility of attack.