November 16, 2013
Re "Stand by France," Opinion, Nov. 14 France's feisty objection to elements of the proposed Iran nuclear agreement may have merit, but Eric Edelman and Ray Takeyh are way off base writing that "France has an honorable history" in shielding the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and underlying norms. France has had a tradition of helping countries with suspect nuclear ambitions. Before the treaty, Paris provided Israel with the Dimona reactor that it knew would be used for weapons development.
November 15, 2013 |
Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the battle of the superstar forwards to give Portugal the edge over Sweden in the World Cup playoffs, while France's chances of qualifying took a big hit by losing, 2-0, in Ukraine. Ronaldo transferred his prolific scoring form for Real Madrid to the international stage, diving to head home an 82nd-minute winner and give Portugal a 1-0 cushion to take to Stockholm for Tuesday's second leg. France faces the prospect of missing a major tournament for the first time since 1994 after Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko scored second-half goals for Ukraine in a feisty match that saw both teams finish with 10 men. Kostas Mitroglou's double helped Greece claim a 3-1 win over Romania, and tiny Iceland overcame a sending-off early in the second half to hold on for a 0-0 draw with Croatia, keeping alive its hopes of becoming the least populous nation to reach a World Cup. All four return matches take place on Tuesday, when the 13 qualifiers from Europe will be finalized.
November 14, 2013 |
France has long established itself as the guardian of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and its disarmament mandates. A republic capable of much cynicism, France has nonetheless defended the integrity of the treaty and protected its much battered norms. This was the case last week in Geneva when France resisted an agreement with Iran that it deemed insufficiently robust. For now, Washington has conceded to Paris, provoking a chorus of criticism from those who seek an accord at any price.
November 12, 2013
Re "France stirs debate over Iran stance," Nov. 11 The Iran nuclear issue can be resolved sanely through diplomacy instead of war if the negotiators from the six major world powers were to be guided by their own national interests. Israel has been reckless in demanding that Iran cease all enrichment activities, a right Iran has under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. At the same time, it is insisting on the imposition of harsher sanctions, which could fatally damage the Iranian economy.
November 10, 2013 |
Frances Ha Criterion Blu-ray, $39.95 Available on VOD beginning Nov. 12 Director Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" - co-written by star Greta Gerwig - is another story about an aging post-graduate who can no longer afford to be "fun," "free-spirited" and "irresponsible. " Gerwig stars as Frances, a semi-professional dancer whose roommate moves in with somebody else, forcing Frances to crash on a series of couches while waiting for her dreams to come true. The main character is a too-common type, and Baumbach's use of black-and-white recalls a vintage Woody Allen film, but the movie is so, so funny, full of Baumbach's usual crackling dialogue between people who on some level realize they're just playing artificial roles in each other's lives.
November 10, 2013 |
It came through an online message board from a village in eastern France. Attached was a photo of a standard-issue U.S. Army duffel bag, and the name on it in faded block letters was unmistakable: WILLIAM A. KADAR. "I can't believe this," Arleen Haas, 33, recalled thinking as she looked at the photo again and again. Kadar, her grandfather, had fought in eastern France during World War II, winning a Purple Heart and enduring a string of POW camps in the closing months of the war. Haas has spent much of her life collecting and preserving memories for her grandfather, now 93, who she says has given her so much.