| Nov 26, 2013
| 1:47 PM
Is John F. Kerry the 21st century’s Neville Chamberlain? And is it true that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it?
Certainly that’s what critics of the nuclear deal with Iran that the secretary of State helped...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Art has yet to stop war from exercising its horrifying folly. Still we try.
Premiered a half-century ago, Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" remains in wide currency, and with the anniversary of the British composer's 100th birthday having been Friday,...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 2:30 PM
There's no doubt that public education has neglected World War I, with history teachers squeezing in a few lectures before launching into succeeding conflicts. Literature has been kinder to the Great War, offering many opportunities to remedy that...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Whatever form Irish novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry happens to be working in, you can be sure that he will be drunk with language. Words make him swoon. He loves the way they sound and slide off each other, the singsong rhythms they fall into...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 3:08 PM
With Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” set to hit theaters, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien is again about to satisfy millions of moviegoers.
But what about the man who created it? Tolkien led a complicated and...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 10:05 AM
Like many bad things in life, the current standoff over money to keep federal programs running has proved easier to stumble into than to get out of. Now the stalemate is about to get more complex. The reason: Congress has a second deadline to deal with....
| Oct 11, 2013
| 2:24 AM
LONDON -- The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the watchdog group that has risen to sudden prominence over the past month in the effort to divest Syria of such munitions.
| Oct 11, 2013
| 12:17 PM
LONDON – Hardly anyone knew it existed before last month. Its work has been criticized and its employees shot at. Bigger names, including that of a teenage girl, were thought to be ahead in line for the world’s most prestigious award.
| Jun 20, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Flying used to be fun. You'd stroll onto an airplane without anyone searching your carry-on luggage. No one scanned your body either. On the plane itself, your kid might get invited into the cockpit, and they'd serve you Alaskan crab and Champagne —...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 3:20 AM
LONDON -- U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday kept up the Obama administration’s push for international support of a military strike on Syria and reassured Britain that Washington had “no better partner” in the world...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 10:43 AM
WASHINGTON –A failure by Congress to support President Obama’s proposed punitive strike on Syria would encourage Iran, Syria and their militant allies to press ahead with efforts to develop and use weapons of mass destruction, the White...