The New Yorker

The Jeweller and his Gun, New Yorker.com, Sept 15, 2013

While the United States grapples with its most recent gun massacre, France is up in arms about a crime that would probably not even travel beyond a local newspaper in an American city. In Nice, a jeweller who was the victim of a robbery shot one of the two stickup men as he rode away…

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Going to War in Syria with France, The New Yorker.com, September 5, 2013

Americans have been somewhat surprised that our most eager ally in taking punitive military action against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is not the United Kingdom, our partner in the so-called “special relationship,” but the France of the Socialist François Hollande. Do you remember when we were mad enough at them to put Freedom…

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Who Am I to Judge? Francis Redefines the Papacy, newyorker.com, July 30, 2013

Week by week, during the past several months, we have gotten a better idea of what the papacy of Pope Francis looks and sounds like. From the beginning he has set a new tone, one of informality, openness, humility, and approachability. He has begun to redefine the papacy, replacing the traditional figure of the Pope—a…

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Why do Italians forgive Berlusconi? Nyer.com June 26, 2013

Americans learning that Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been convicted of exploiting a teen-age prostitute and sentenced to seven years in prison might say, “Well, that’s the end of him.”

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