October 9, 2015 |
MATT BARNES, who played 50 games with the Sixers in the 2005-06 season, was fighting mad over the weekend. The New York Post, citing sources, reported that the forward - now with the Grizzlies - allegedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who has been dating Barnes estranged wife, Gloria Govan, one of the stars of "Basketball Wives LA. " And Barnes went out of his way to do it. According to the report, Barnes was in training camp in...
October 2, 2015 |
In 1992, not long after the Soviet Union collapsed, I wandered through the massive Russian Embassy compound in Damascus. As a center of Soviet power off limits to Westerners, it had been a beehive of activity, with about 5,000 civilian and military advisers. Now it was virtually deserted. As news flows in about the new Russian military buildup in Syria, I can't help thinking how delicious this reversal must be to Vladimir Putin, who has openly rued the collapse of the Soviet Union.
April 2, 2015 |
CHIP KELLY is dismissed after the end of a 2016 season that saw quarterback Tim Tebow pilot the Eagles to a 2-14 season. It's the team's worst record in decades, but Kelly's offense sets a record for shortest time between plays, aided by the fact that it's easier to huddle after a 5-yard loss. The last straw for Eagles fans: the spectacle of Nick Foles leading St. Louis to a Super Bowl victory. Foles, clutching the Vince Lombardi Trophy, said he was going to Disney World, seemed to actually mean it, and thanked Kelly, former Eagles GM and coach, for giving him the freedom to go to a team that tailored an offense to his abilities.
January 30, 2015 |
The rockets that killed dozens of civilians in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol last weekend also blew up the futile Western strategy for stopping Russian aggression in Ukraine. President Obama and his European allies desperately hoped that sanctions would squeeze Vladimir Putin into accepting a negotiated solution to the conflict. They were dreaming that he would press Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine to abide by the so-called Minsk cease-fire agreement signed in September by representatives of Ukraine, Russia, and Europe.
January 1, 2015 |
2014 was such a grim year for foreign policy that I'd like to write a column predicting things will get better next year. In truth, there's scant reason to hope that ISIS will soon be destroyed, Vladimir Putin will see the light, or Kim Jong-un will agree to appear on The Daily Show . However, if one suspends disbelief, it's possible to imagine how some of the grim conflicts of the past year could ease. So here are the hopeful signs to watch for (and why they probably won't materialize)
November 21, 2014 |
It's time for President Obama to start using the I-word when referring to Russia's assault on Ukraine. I mean invasion . The world is witnessing a Russian invasion of a neighboring country, something that hasn't happened since the fall of the Soviet Union (except for Russia's 2008 invasion of Georgia). As U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's top commander, stated bluntly last week: "Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems, and Russian combat troops" have been moving into Ukraine.
August 10, 2014 |
Vladimir Putin is mad and has vowed revenge. Will it include a cybercrime wave directed at the West? And if yes, has it already begun? Some minds are connecting two prominent news stories of the last week. Maybe it's paranoia. Maybe it's silliness. And maybe it's an understandable question. Even if there's no direct link, in a bigger, elusive way, hacking is a vital part of Russia's effort to learn what it wants and thwart what it doesn't. Like most other countries. The first story broke Tuesday, when Hold Security of Milwaukee announced it had found records of an enormous theft.
August 1, 2014 |
The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster should have been a wake-up call for Vladimir Putin. It wasn't. Instead of decreasing aid for pro-Russian separatists who almost certainly shot the plane down with a Russian missile, Putin is upping the ante. While denying any responsibility for the 298 dead, he is sending additional troops to the Ukrainian border and preparing to send more deadly weapons to the separatists. This despite the fact that the air tragedy has finally jolted the European Union into imposing new and tougher economic sanctions on Russia - matched by Washington.
July 14, 2014 |
I've got some foreign policy good news. Really. Never mind that U.S. foreign policy appears irrelevant in Gaza, spineless in Syria, irresponsible in Iraq, and grossly stupid in Germany (whoever OKd our dumb spy efforts there should be fired). There is one important country where U.S. efforts may yet achieve a positive outcome. I'm talking about Ukraine, where Russia's Vladimir Putin has just blinked in his efforts to dismantle the country - in large part because Western sanctions (even mild ones)
May 25, 2014 |
DONETSK, Ukraine - Piles of tires, barbed wire, and edgy guards in fatigues surround the 11-story headquarters of the DPR, or Donetsk People's Republic - the Ukrainian separatists who want to join eastern Ukraine to Russia. The building was seized from the regional government in April, and Russian television blares from a huge screen placed in front of the entrance. Inside, a pathetic collection of elderly potbellied men with iron bars, and young hopped-up men with knives and guns wander 11 flights of filthy stairs (elevators are shut down)