| Oct 2, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Wars usually end only when the defeated aggressor believes it would be futile to resume the conflict. Lasting peace follows if the loser is then forced to change its political system into something other than what it was.
Republican Rome learned that...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 2:45 PM
You can call this version of Shaquille O’Neal “Shaqasso.”
The retired four-time NBA Champion – who gave himself the nickname, as he is known to do – appeared Thursday at Expo Chicago at Navy Pier to discuss the exhibit he...
| Jan 12, 2012
If you think Rick Santorum is a weird, pious wackadoo, try being a female walking around certain ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods in Israel with your ankles showing.
FOR THE RECORD:
Religion: Meghan Daum, in her Jan. 12 Op-Ed column...
| Apr 14, 2012
Before heading home after two weeks on the road, it was clear that I needed a shave and a haircut.
What I didn't know is that I'd also get the famed ear flame treatment from a Turkish barber.
Tribune photographer Chris Walker, my colleague who...
| May 23, 2012
| 10:02 AM
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had dinner at upscale Mexican restaurant Mercadito Monday while in Chicago for NATO. And as you would expect, he had plenty of company.
Besides the Prince's table of seven, the large...
| Apr 10, 2012
— I traveled to Greece to see the land of my fathers, to see its beauty and its economic crisis firsthand.
But as I arrived, others were leaving.
Especially Greece's young people, suffering from unemployment that hovers around 50 percent.
| Mar 14, 2013
Of all the movies culminating in a rite of exorcism, Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu's remarkable "Beyond the Hills" stands alone.
It is a different sort of horror movie, focused on character and on the precarious emotional state of lovers...
| Apr 11, 2012
The kind and gracious man has many visitors waiting and piles of paperwork on his desk that require his attention, as his is a working office and ministering to millions across the world takes up so much of his time.
But he met with me because he had a...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 10:11 AM
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra does a thorough job bringing to local attention gifted young conductors who are creating a stir in the podium world. The latest to make his debut on the subscription series is Vasily Petrenko, the 36-year-old chief conductor...
| Jun 13, 2013
An elegant miniature, Rama Burshtein's "Fill the Void" labors under a narrative inevitability, but it's artful work nonetheless.
We're in the hushed confines and spaces of the ultra-Orthodox community of Tel Aviv. Barely 18, the daughter of a rabbi,...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 3:59 PM
It's a measure of the relatively quiet time for Israel these days that the sharpest argument at a big national security conference here was between an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who wanted "autonomy" for his fellow believers and secular Israelis in the audience...