Sometimes history plays like a strange game. According to a once-respected voice of Karl Marx, history can only repeat itself as a farce. I wrote this piece because of that very possibility: that the sheer
In May 1999, I visited North Korea. I was based in Beijing as a correspondent for a Slovenian newspaper and it was impossible not to visit the country that had aroused so many questions and
On April 6, 1992, the European Union (then called European Community) recognized the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the former republics of Federal Yugoslavia. The young independent republic was one of the last
“We are sending an armada, very powerful,” he said. “We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That much I can tell you,” he said. And we have the best military
Somehow, for most of my life, I always looked west. I have no idea whether I preferred sunset to sunrise or, young and naive, I felt there was a dark, intimate magic in the dusk.
In November 2001, the 41-year-old president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, visited the United States. The three-day-long presidential summit ended with a barbecue and a dance at Crawford, then-President George W. Bush’s private ranch.
They called it the Shangri-La Dialogue, in which Shangri-La stood for a mystical, harmonious valley — synonymous with any earthly paradise, but particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia, a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside
“They took us into some harsh terrain, in nasty rotten places. And the more that we patrolled the more we got in contact with the enemy.” “We thought we were pretty tough, but when you
A year ago, when the U.S. and Iran were about to sign the nuclear deal, the Middle East came bursting to life again. The speculation on how the Iran deal might change the stagnantly macabre
On August 30, 1977, two Boeing 707s landed at the Beijing Capital International Airport. They looked huge on the tarmac, next to the small airport hall that had been built in 1959 under the orders