March 24, 2013 |
MOSCOW - China's new president received a lavish welcome Friday as he made Moscow his first foreign destination, joining with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin in a pointed attempt to counter U.S. influence in Asia. Xi Jinping, who became president just last week, urged Russia to improve its foreign policy coordination to protect the two neighbors' joint security interests - comments that appeared to seek Russia's backing for his eagerness to reduce U.S. influence and challenge Japan over a set of disputed islands.
February 17, 2014 |
Barbara Mancini, speaking out for the first time, described the afternoon when she was arrested for assisted suicide, and when her father was revived against his wishes, as "a surreal nightmare. " "I just couldn't believe it," she recounted Wednesday, the day after a Schuylkill County judge dismissed the yearlong case against her. "It didn't seem like this could possibly be happening to me or to him. Absolutely the worst thing in the world. " Schuylkill County Judge Jacqueline Russell said the attorney general's case rested on conjecture and lacked evidence.
August 6, 2016 |
In the 1870s, when Boss Tweed's Tammany Hall controlled New York City, and in the 1950s and 1960s, when Chicago's Democratic machine was especially rampant, there was a phenomenon that can be called immunity through profusion: Fresh scandals arrived with metronomic regularity, so there was no time to concentrate on any of them. The public, bewildered by blitzkriegs of bad behavior, was enervated. What Winston Churchill said about an adversary - "He spoke without a note and almost without a point" - can be said of Donald Trump, but this might be unfair to him. His speeches are, of course, syntactical train wrecks, but there might be method to his madness.
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...
April 13, 2004
An editing change in a March 12 Trudy Rubin column created a sentence suggesting that Russian voters would not choose Vladimir Putin in a real election. The sentence should have read: "That's why voters would no doubt choose Putin, even in a real election. " On the April 8 Commentary Page, the wrong date was given for the murders of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah, Iraq. The correct date was March 31.
December 27, 2007
I SEE THE drive-by media have finally started showing their true colors by having a communist, Vladimir Putin, as Time's man of the year. So get ready for big push from the media for the Democrats, as they also would like to change our leadership to a communist-style government. Since the big push won't start for few weeks, we can all relax and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Tom Bell, Philadelphia
July 25, 2016
Last week Donald Trump laid out a deeply disturbing view of America's role in the world.The Trump Doctrine - if we can call this mass of contradictions a doctrine - embraces isolationism while simultaneously insisting Trump can swiftly destroy ISIS. It suggests we should abandon our closest allies, the democracies in NATO and Asia, even as Trump embraces autocrats like Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But what is scariest about the Trump Doctrine is that its author shows no grasp of what he is talking about and no desire to learn, even as he makes clear his belief that he, and he alone, knows everything.
July 19, 2016 |
'The most significant reinforcement of our collective defense any time since the Cold War," President Obama called it. A bit of an exaggeration, perhaps, but it was still an achievement: Last week's NATO summit in Warsaw ordered the deployment of troops to Eastern Europe, the alliance's most serious response yet to Russia's aggression and provocations on its western frontier. The post-Ukraine economic sanctions have been weak; the declamatory denunciations, a mere embarrassment. They've only encouraged further reckless Russian behavior - the buzzing of U.S. ships, intrusions into European waters, threats to the Baltic States.
March 5, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin scored a decisive victory in Russia's presidential election yesterday to return to the Kremlin and extend his hold on power for six more years. His eyes brimming with tears, he defiantly proclaimed to a sea of supporters that they had triumphed over opponents intent on "destroying Russia's statehood and usurping power. " Putin's win was never in doubt as many across the vast country still see him as a guarantor of stability and the defender of a strong Russia against a hostile world, an image he has carefully cultivated during 12 years in power.
December 1, 2003 |
Come New Year's Day, Vladimir Putin will mark his fourth year as president of Russia. With his approval ratings topping 80 percent, he's almost certain to get another four-year term in March's election. His party is expected to dominate parliamentary elections Dec. 7. Yet the question posed by an American journalist four years ago still goes largely unanswered, in Russia and abroad: Who is Vladimir Putin? Russia is tiptoeing toward democracy - Putin calls it a "managed democracy" - but as a former Soviet spy, does his heart still beat to the old rhythms of the KGB?