| May 16, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Egypt’s first free presidential election is a week away. The 13 candidates -- those with name recognition and those whose mention draw puzzled expressions -- have been set loose upon the land with staffs and stickers, flags and banners, and sound...
| May 5, 2012
In 1997, Madeleine Albright couldn't have been more certain that she knew everything important about herself and was in possession of every relevant fact about her life.
And then, at age 59, just days after being confirmed as U.S. secretary of state,...
| May 24, 2012
| 3:46 PM
When Green Cube Gallery owner Sejla Holland reached out to Bosnian artist Harun Mehmedinovic for "Bosnian Born," he remarked that he hadn't seen such an exhibit done before.
And when Mehmedinovic, 29, looked over the exhibiting artists lineup, curious if...
| May 26, 2012
| 3:14 PM
The report from the State Department was brief: Thomas M. Jennings Jr., a federal worker from Burtonsville on a temporary assignment with NATO peacekeepers, had died in a car crash in Southern Bosnia.
Fifteen years later, it turns out that was only...
| May 28, 2012
Members of Chicago's Syrian-American community gathered Sunday under a sweltering sun, calling for President Barack Obama to lead the ouster of the Middle Eastern country's ruler, President Bashar Assad.
In Syria, more than 100 people, including women...
| May 29, 2012
| 7:59 AM
For a minute there, I was wondering if there would be any fighting among the cast members of VH1’s upcoming reality show, “Mob Wives Chicago.” There were no signs of tension when I spent an afternoon observing the five women in March and...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 11:05 PM
Sorry, America, but you’re cultural devolution is complete.
Look no further than retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark, who has regressed from four-star pimp to two-bit prostitute in his new career as “credibility lender” and adviser...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 3:46 PM
There is no "big idea" easier to pay homage to in principle, or harder to make work in practice, than the peacekeeping role of the United Nations. This is painfully clear in a new memoir by Kofi Annan, its former secretary-general.
The latest failure...
| Jun 19, 2012
| 9:45 PM
The continuing massacres in Syria -- summary executions of women and children, the total destruction of entire towns -- present a horrid picture far more disturbing than we saw in Bosnia during the 1990s, before NATO intervened.
With cell-phone cameras,...
| Apr 22, 2012
It's been a long six years to finally arrive at Happily Ever After.
Along the way there were missed connections and travails that spanned continents.
And that's just the early chapter of the love story of Chicago graduate students Ditte Munch-Hansen,...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 10:41 AM
Miami Fashion Week revs up its runways March 20-23 at Miami Beach Convention Center.
The spate of catwalk shows ($50 to $500) not only puts the media spotlight on South Florida-based talent, but also designers from Latin America, the Caribbean and...