Category Archives: Decline and Renaissance

Overlooked No More: Mabel Grammer- Whose Brown Baby Plan Found Homes for Hundreds – The New York Times

By Alexis Clark “They were called “brown babies,” or “mischlingskinder,” a derogatory German term for mixed-race children. And sometimes they were just referred to as mutts. They were born during the occupation years in Germany after World War II, the … Continue reading

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John Donne. Meditation 17. [No man is an island… For whom the bell tolls, etc.]

No man is an island,  entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory … Continue reading

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Opinion | The Gift of Shared Grief – By Margaret Renkl – The New York Times

By Margaret Renkl Contributing Opinion Writer Feb. 4, 2019,  87 Credit William DeShazer for The New York Times Image CreditCreditWilliam DeShazer for The New York Times NASHVILLE — When my mother died in 2012, she left behind a huge collection … Continue reading

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Opinion | Juan Guaidó: Venezuelans- Strength Is in Unity – The New York Times

By Juan Guaidó Mr. Guaidó is leading the effort to remove Nicolás Maduro from office. Jan. 30, 2019,  369 c CARACAS, Venezuela — On Jan. 23, 61 years after the vicious dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez was ousted, Venezuelans once again … Continue reading

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Opinion | The End of Europe? – By Thomas L. Friedman – The New York Times

By Thomas L. Friedman Opinion Columnist Dec. 18, 2018,  573c Yellow Vest protesters clashed with the police in Paris on Saturday.CreditCreditVeronique De Viguerie/Getty Images PARIS — Ever since World War II, the liberal global order that has spread more freedom … Continue reading

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As Slums Teeter in Marseille- a Poverty Crisis Turns Deadly – By Adam Nossiter – The New York Times

By Adam Nossiter Nov. 19, 2018,     9 comments “MARSEILLE, France — The red-helmeted marine firefighter was firm. “Right,” he told the anxious families gathered around him, “we’re closing up the building.” Bewildered and frightened, they climbed the darkened, rickety … Continue reading

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Opinion | How to Make America America Again – by Thomas Friedman – NYT

What is there left to say about the terrible murder of moderate Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and its aftermath? Only one thing, and I have said it before, but I feel it even more strongly now: In the midterm elections, … Continue reading

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He Was a Protester. Now Nikol Pashinyan Is Armenia’s Prime Minister. – The New York Times

The demonstrations swelled, with Mr. Pashinyan, again free, stressing that if the police used force, protesters should just raise their hands and surrender. He told the police repeatedly that they were friends and fellow Armenians. Many of those who had … Continue reading

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Notes on European Recovery (Wonkish) – by Paul Krugman – NYT

“Here in the English-speaking world, most of us in the econo-pundit business have been focusing a lot on the US economy post-Trump, and secondarily on the British economy post-Brexit. But once in a while we ought to look further afield. … Continue reading

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What Happens When the Richest U.S. Cities Turn to the World? – by Emily Badger – NYT

This is the piece that was referred to by Paul Krugman in today’s NYT. By Emily Badger Dec. 22, 2017 “SAN FRANCISCO — Well before anyone thought of this place as the center of the tech economy, the Bay Area … Continue reading

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