Unhappy Political Families: Why Europe's Mainstream Parties are Faltering - Populist insurgencies threaten establishment politics in France, Spain, and even Germany.
U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Investigated for Lèse Majesté - Last week, in a move that was shocking despite the cooling U.S.-Thailand relationship, the Thai government announced that the U.S. ambassador in Bangkok, Glyn Davies, was being investigated on suspicion of having insulted King Bhumibhol Adulyadej. Ambassador Davies had spoken to the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in late November. During his talk, according to the New York Times, Davies criticized the “long prison sentences handed to some of those found guilty of criticizing [the] king” under Thailand’slèse majesté laws, generally considered the harshest in the world.
Behind the Ronald Reagan myth: “No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill informed” - Reagan embarrassed himself in news conferences, Cabinet meetings. Recalling how GOP cringed at his lack of interest.
His team devised ingenious ways to get him to pay attention. Aware that he was obsessed with movies, his national security adviser had the CIA put together a film on world leaders the president was scheduled to encounter. His defense secretary stooped lower. He got Reagan to sign off on production of the MX missile by showing him a cartoon. Once again, the president made a joke of his lack of involvement: “It’s true that hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?”