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Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Antarctica
This is an excerpt from a long unpublished piece I wrote about Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1993 after interviewing him multiple times over the previous four years. With Antarctica now conspicuously imperilled, this may be of particular interest. ... Cousteau t...

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My Latest on French Elections, Plus The Turkish Threat and the Noriega I Knew
Le Pen Vanquished in Final French Debate The final French presidential debate—the only head-to-head between centrist Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen—ended in a clear defeat for the far-right populist. CHRISTOPHER DICKEY Fighting Back Against Putin’s Hacke...

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North Korea and "The Tyranny of Proximity"
A new post on The Daily Beast by Tom Rogan sketches the kind of strategy and tactics the U.S. might use if it takes military action against North Korea. What I am posting here is background information about the gravity of the risks, even putting aside the ...

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"Finding Oscar" is a great documentary. I lived some of it in Central America. But I'd have wept anyway when I saw it.
Finding Oscar - Trailer from The Kennedy/Marshall Company on Vimeo .

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Gassed: John Singer Sargent's canvas from the WWI battlefield
We are talking a lot about poison gas these days. The original canvas is 6.5 meters long. Sargent brought to the suffering of these soldiers all the marvelous skills he used to paint grandes dames and distinguished gentlemen. It is an extraordinary testamen...

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In the Time of Trump: The Revolt, the Revolting, and the Revolution
Last week I spoke at a luncheon for The American Club
in Paris at the elegant Cercle de l’Union Interalliée a couple of doors down
from the U.S. ambassador’s residence and the French president’s Élysée Palace. Drawing on articles I have written over the las...

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Trump, Bannon, Lenin, and 'Enemies of the People'
On Friday, the current president of the United States, Donald Trump, blasted out a couple of tweets in which he cited what he called "FAKE NEWS" publications and networks, damning the media as "the enemy of the American people."  It was an interesting choic...

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Heading to Charleston for Two Talks About Two Very Different Spies, February 28 and March 2
Save the dates: On February 28 , I will be speaking at the College of Charleston about "Spying in the Blood: Gertrude Sanford Legendre's Privilege, Patriotism, and Espionage." I'll also look back at the work of her grandfather, Henry Shelton Sanford, who ra...
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