Monthly Archives: October 2016

JFK’S FINEST FORGOTTEN HOUR

What was JFK’s finest hour? Received historical wisdom is that it was his adroit handling of his face-off with Khrushchev during the Cuban missile crisis of October, 1962. However six months before, Kennedy also stood his ground during an all-but forgotten battle with Air Force Chief of Staff Curtis E. LeMay, the same “bomber general” […]

A ‘TALE OF 2 COUNTRIES’ REVISITED (CSMonitor 9/9/16)

Seventeen years ago (yikes!) I wrote a long story about one of the most fascinating stories in the Baltic region, one that I had followed since the fall of the Baltic Curtain in 1991: the rapprochement of Finland and Estonia. You can find that piece elsewhere on this site. This summer, during my most recent tour […]

PIRATES RISING IN ICELAND (CSM 9/27/16)

AS HISTORIC ELECTION APPROACHES, THE PIRATE PARTY PREPARES TO ENTER GOVERNMEN By Gordon F. Sander Special to The Christian Science Monitor ICELANDERS are talking about two volcanoes these days—a real one named Katla, and a metaphorical one also known as Althingi, or parliament, each of which has been rumbling ominously. The difference between the two, […]