A week in the life of a worried country

A week in the life of a worried country

Half a century ago, William F. Buckley wrote a little gem of a book called “Cruising Speed,” about a single action-packed week in his life as an editor and writer. I just had a Buckley-like week – at Purdue University in Indiana to speak to students, then back to New York to interview Henry Kissinger … Read more

Crypto Startup Saves Frankfurt’s Iconic Euro Sculpture

Crypto Startup Saves Frankfurt’s Iconic Euro Sculpture

The euro has battled countless threats to its existence over the past two decades, from debt crises to politicians hoping to tear the currency union apart. During the summer, a new risk emerged for the common currency. Not its plunge below parity with the US dollar, but the plan to dismantle an iconic blue sculpture … Read more

Toyota is softening on critics of its EV push

Toyota is softening on critics of its EV push

Toyota Motor corp. TM -1.27% wants to meet with critics who say it is behind rivals in the race for greener cars, nearly a year after the automaker pledged to spend billions of dollars to expand its electric car program. Some investors and environmental groups have said Toyota is not committed to fully electric cars, … Read more

Ukrainians Try Crowdsourcing to Catch Russian War Criminals

Ukrainians Try Crowdsourcing to Catch Russian War Criminals

When Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine jailed Stanislav Aseyev in 2017, fellow prisoners warned him to watch out for the warden, Denis Kulikovsky. Sir. Kulikovsky was “a committed sadist, rapist, executioner and alcoholic; a psychopath who read people perfectly, masterfully manipulated them and possessed a healthy sense of humor,” Mr. Aseyev writes in his new … Read more

All about Nikki Haley’s donors

All about Nikki Haley’s donors

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on June 12. Photo: Meg Kinnard/Associated Press The Supreme Court last year blocked California’s attorney general from requiring charities to disclose their donors, and now New York AG Letitia James is offering a reminder why AGs can’t be trusted to protect this confidential information. Politico published a story last … Read more

Baby Tooth, Box’s newest tenant, will use a portion of retail proceeds to support the Point Breeze Mutual Aid Fund

Baby Tooth, Box’s newest tenant, will use a portion of retail proceeds to support the Point Breeze Mutual Aid Fund

After the success of a handful of flea markets featuring feminist artists and artisans from Philadelphia and the surrounding region, event promoter Zissel Aronow — better known as House Cat — is opening a new retail store and space in the Bok Building. Baby Tooth is a collaboration between House Cat and Homies Helping Homies, … Read more

Israel sentences Gazan aid worker convicted of financing terrorism to 12 years

Israel sentences Gazan aid worker convicted of financing terrorism to 12 years

JERUSALEM – An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced an employee of the international Christian charity World Vision to 12 years in prison, six years after his detention, accused of taking millions of dollars in aid for projects in the Gaza Strip to the militant group Hamas. Mohammed El-Halabi, director of the Gaza branch of World … Read more

Vanessa Bryant donates $16 million judgment to Mamba and Mambacita Foundation

Vanessa Bryant donates $16 million judgment to Mamba and Mambacita Foundation

Vanessa Bryant will donate the $16 million judgment she was awarded in her case against Los Angeles County to Mamba and the Mambacita Sports Foundation — the nonprofit founded by her late husband, a report said. The organization, launched by Kobe Bryant after his retirement in 2016 as the Mamba Sports Foundation — a nod … Read more

Chicago’s Obama Center is under water

Chicago’s Obama Center is under water

Former President Barack Obama in Chicago, September 28, 2021. Photo: Karen I. Hirsch/Zuma Press We have been fighting the construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s historic Jackson Park for the past four years. The centre, which is scheduled to open in February 2025, is being built on a dangerous site. The water table … Read more

The fine print cost a widow a $464,000 tax deduction

The fine print cost a widow a $464,000 tax deduction

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