DPRK-US Missile Crisis

United Nations – April 28, 2017 One would hope that the current nuclear missile crisis is the beginning of the end, not for the world, but for the existence of nuclear weapons in the world. Perhaps the only way to end the crisis, peacefully, is for the U.S. to take the lead in turning the entire world into a ‘nuclear weapons free zone.’ Reagan tried at Reykjavik…

Nikkatsu Action Cinema

US ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN today that the US is “prepared to do more” in Syria. This after six years of American intervention in that country, supporting the rebels seeking to topple the Assad government and plunder the country. No one has done more to aid in the destruction of Syria (beginning with “Gay Girl in Damascus”), including 400,000+ deaths and millions of refugees, than the…

Russian Revolution Redux

One-hundred years after a Marx inspired revolution replaced the Romanovs with Marx inspired anarchy and tyranny — the rebellion continues, with false notions of freedom and rights ushering in domination, division, and destruction, as seen in the Arab Spring and Black Lives Movement. Thus, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw: “while throwing off the bonds of convention, and standing free from all allegiance to established religion, law,…

International Women’s Day

“Female Debility and Irregularities—It is a self-evident fact that the finer the work, and the more complicated a piece of machinery, the more liable is it to become deranged, or out of order; and the more skillful must be the mechanic who undertakes to make any necessary repairs.” Dr. Chase’s Recipes, 1866

Changing World Order

On this President’s Day, a lobby wall at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, that normally has portraits of the U.S. president, vice president, secretary of state, and ambassador to the United Nations, sits empty. Hopefully Mr. Trump will keep the U.S. engaged with the world community, not as a dick nation (fomenter of revolutions and arms trafficker) but rather as a force for solidarity…

‘New World Order’

In 1917, Woodrow Wilson supported the Russian Revolution and brought the U.S. into the Great War (WWI), in support of a ‘new world order.’ Today, Obama officials are accusing Russian president Putin of being a threat to the new world order. In his final press conference President Obama said the sanctions on Russia were due to Russia violating Ukraine’s sovereignty by annexing Crimea. Actually it was…

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem”

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou who killest the prophets, and stonest those who are sent to thee! How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but though wouldst not!” Luke 13:34 Claims by the modern state of Israel (a human construct) to merit sole possession of Jerusalem are both misguided and unfounded (in the bible). Jerusalem should…

Christmas Greetings

Artwork: Dagmar Frinta, Madonna, 1981 “When I had a little passed by them, I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him: and I will not let him go, till I bring him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that bore me.” Song of Songs 3:4

Women in Diplomacy

The Women’s International Forum (WIF) paid tribute today to Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, spouse of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. This on the day that Antonio Guterres, former president of Portugal, was sworn in to succeed Mr. Ban. Joining Mrs. Ban (third from left) were Mrs. Faika Zaki, Mrs. Sofia Herrera Cubillo, Ms. Sonia Balcazar Maza Cuadra, H.E. Ms. Raimonda Murmokaite, Ms. Malini Nambiar, and…

Getting Ready

Artwork: Hoi Ling Chu, Deer X-ing, 1979

Standing Up For Christians

At a forum, on Monday, addressing the ongoing genocide of Christians in the Middle East and Northern Africa, Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, spoke on the matter — describing it as one of the great crisis of our time, and the fact that no one knows about it, saying the “silence was deafening.” He compared the “indifference” among world leaders today with that of leaders following Kristallnacht, 75 years ago…

Museum of Modern Art Christmas Cards

“Teach their souls to fly.” William Blake Once upon a time the Museum of Modern Art had a Christmas card program that invited artists, some well known, to submit compositions that would be made into cards. Participants included Robert Indiana, whose 1965 “LOVE” card went on to become one of the iconic images of the 20th century. Cards: (front row) Hannah Wilke, Loren MacIver,…

Pence to Regency

As Trump/Pence prepare to take office, their backers believe a more truthful US government will emerge — and yet their unwillingness to provide safe-haven for Syrian refugees, made homeless by American intervention in that country, is a troubling sign. Hopefully Donald Trump recognizes the evil of Obama’s call for “regime change” in Syria — and moves to halt support for the rebels there.

Remembering Bonhoeffer

The Consulate General of Germany in New York hosted an evening of music 10/11 to commemorate the life of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, killed by the Nazis in the last days of WWII for his role in a plot to assassinate Hitler. The Kleine Choir of Burgdorf, Germany, led by Ilsabe Bartels-Kohl, performed music by Mattias Nagel, with a Dieter Stork libretto based on texts by Bonhoeffer….

Unencumbered by Truth

“Truth exists when what is, is said to be, and when what is not is said not to be. Falsity will consist in the excess, when what is not is said to be; or in defect, when what is, is said not to be.” Thomas Aquinas Addressing the UN this week, President Obama said “I draw strength from young Americans…who are remaking our nation…

West African Intrigue

Alassane Ouattara (center), President of Ivory Coast, in New York for the opening session of the UN General Assembly. Mr. Ouattare, a Sunni, came to power in 2011 after a disputed election. The Ivory Coast parliament had determined that Mr. Ouattara was not born in Ivory Coast and therefore not eligible to be its president. And yet Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, used her influence…

59th German-American Steuben Parade

This year’s grand marshals were Ambassador Peter Witig and Olympic Gold Medal skater Katarina Witt. Baron von Steuben was an Honored Guest (top photo-right). As is custom the parade was followed by Oktoberfest in Central Park. While watching the parade march up Fifth Avenue, past the World War I monument, one couldn’t help but recall the events of 100 years ago and how they continue to…

Pointing the Way

Francine LeFrak, Founder of Same Sky, is joined by Deshauna Barber (Miss USA) and Pia Wurtzbach (Miss Universe) at a Same Sky ethical shopping event Thursday in New York. Same Sky is working to empower women and change lives, around the world, by employing them to make superbly crafted jewelry.

Russian Intervention

The recent outcry over possible Russian involvement in the outing the e-mails, exposing DNC treachery toward Bernie Sanders, seems absurd. Americans should be thankful for whoever helps to expose the darkness of their deceiving leaders, and attempts to enlighten the people, in the hope of preventing further American destruction abroad. It’s worth noting that if it wasn’t for Russia, under the Czar, the US probably wouldn’t exist today. During the Civil…

Rebels

The perpetrators in Nice, Dallas, and Baton Rouge, far from being fringe, are manifesting their country’s sick spirit. “Vous avez mis le doigt dessus.”  

‘Just Love Us’

The ‘Celebrate Israel Parade’ soldiered-on in the rain today on Fifth Avenue. The modern state of Israel continues to undermine peace and stability in the Middle East, as well as the hearts and minds of Jews everywhere — with an unending stream of American politicians eager to support this “disgraceful page” in Jewish history. In 1939, Martin Buber, commenting after a wave of Jewish terrorism directed at…

‘Golden Chain’

“As you know from the congressional inquiry, two years before the attack, bin Laden threatened the kingdom with revolution unless al-Qaeda’s operatives were given access to and support from the Saudi’s agents in the U.S. The old king capitulated.” Senator Bob Graham, Keys to the Kingdom, (Vanguard Press, 2011) The ‘principles’ underlying the U.S./Saudi relationship are not only unsound but evil, with decades of…

Easter Monday

Remembering the Easter Monday Irish Rebellion (April 23, 1916). “On his return, Mr. Asquith approached me with the suggestion that I should take up the task of trying to negotiate a settlement with the Irish revolutionary leaders. My sympathy with their cause was known.” D. LLoyd George, War Memoirs, 1938  

International Happiness Day

The leaders of the world, thinking they are the creators of the world, are spreading misery — and calling it happiness. President Obama, custodian of Gitmo and destroyer of Libya and Syria, has some nerve lecturing Raul Castro on human rights. Instead, he would do well to do everything in his power to close Guantanamo, returning it to Cuba unconditionally, and lifting the blockade. Rather than kowtowing…

Remembering Havel

While Columbia University students basked in 77 degree temperatures today, several notable scholars and colleagues of Vaclav Havel (1936-2011) gathered at an event on campus to remember the life and impact of the renowned playwright, dissident, and president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. The discussion included Havel’s involvement in the Charter 77 movement, which led to the 1989 Velvet revolution and the end of the…

Roots of Zionism

The German Consulate in New York is presenting an exhibit exploring the “German Roots of Zionism” (through Feb. 26) — this amid reports that the conservative movement’s new siddur (prayer book) removes God as ‘King’. In both cases today’s Jews (secular and religious) are turning away from God — making themselves King (Superman), a far cry from the contrite heart that produced this prayer: “Heal us, O…

Grands Crus de Bordeaux

Just hours after a record setting blizzard pummeled the East coast of the U.S., some of the world’s leading, and most intrepid, wine producers made their way to Mid-town Manhattan, from Bordeaux, via Montreal to present their 2013 wines. In Bordeaux, 2013 was a challenging year for reds, better for whites. Many of the producers in the room made excellent wines in a difficult year. We…

‘Inspired’ Revolt

“Arabs could be swung on an idea as on a cord; for the unpledged allegiance of their minds made them obedient servants. None of them would escape the bond till success had come, and with it responsibility and duty and engagements. Then the idea was gone and the work ended in ruins.” T.E. Lawrence, Revolt in the Desert (Doran, 1927) A trove of T.E….

Marching for Korea

South Korean protesters, for and against the Park Chung-hee government, squared-off Friday evening outside the Korean Consul General’s office in NYC.

‘Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently’

The CPJ 2015 International Press Freedom Awards included Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) a collective of citizen journalists reporting on IS and Syrian government activities in Raqqa, the Islamic State capital in Syria. On the day that saw a Russian aircraft shot down over Syria, for a minor Turkish airspace violation, President Obama said “every country has a right to defend its territory and airspace” — which…

‘Eagles of Death’

Washington Square Park in NYC — November 14, 2015 The problem for the French and American people is their leaders, on the left and right, who support malevolent interventions (“Assad must go”) — that predictably produce spoils for some and humanitarian disaster for all.

‘Daughters of Mother India’

Asia Society and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women presented a discussion, 11/10, on women’s empowerment followed by a documentary on violence against women and girls in India. Filmaker Vibha Bakshi was on hand, along with Rachel Vogelstein, senior fellow and director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC; Noa Meyer, global head of the Goldman…

The Gray Line

In recent years feminists, like Hillary Clinton, have advocated for empowering women (with preferential treatment—scholarships, loans, etc.) for the sake of lifting/bettering society. However, when said women are not rooted in truth and goodness the opposite happens, as we see today in American society and foreign policy. It was the U.S. State Department, under Secretary of State Clinton in 2011 (with help from Susan…

Lotions and Potions from Japan

The recent Japanese Food and Beverage Expo in NYC featured plenty of excellent Sakes, but also products made with Sake, including salt and hand cream. Tsukinoi hand cream is a new hand treatment — in the same league as Estee Lauder’s La Mer, perhaps even better.

President Duda

The new president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, arriving at the Polish Consulate in NYC on Tuesday.

German-American Steuben Parade & Oktoberfest

The 58th iteration of the German-American Steuben Parade, normally a fun-filled occasion of friendship, showed signs of strain — with no major corporate sponsors and fewer groups from Germany — perhaps a response to American foreign policy, particularly in Syria (“Assad must go”), and the Justice Department’s actions towards Volkswagen. Photographs: Stephen Wise