"Did you hear? Clinton is beginning to lift the embargo. It's on the news," a fellow traveler to Cuba exclaimed in Havana's José Martí International Airport.
Europe, you are rightly told, is swinging to the left. In thirteen of
the fifteen countries making up the European Union, the Social Democrats
are now in office.
A fateful crossroads in American-Russian relations is being obscured by
Bill Clinton's impeachment and war against Iraq.
Regardless of its domestic implications, Operation Desert Fox is a spectacular but dangerous gesture, a smokescreen to cover for the lack of a comprehensible or workable policy toward Iraq.
After seven years of economic "reform" financed by billions of dollars in U.S.
Kwasniewski the Red versus Walesa the gravedigger of Communism--the duel for Poland's presidency is being presented as if it were the old drama all over again.
On September 29 French viewers watching the news were offered a bloody Hollywood thriller as an extra. It was the end of a long manhunt.
Orwell had it right. It is not enough to obey Big Brother. You must love him, too.
Those on the left who cherished the illusion that Poland would somehow vanish from the news and that Solidarity would disappear from our political consciousness have been disappointed.
In August 1980 the Gdansk shipyard workers astonished the world by winning the right to set up a genuinely independent labor union.