FUTURE OF EUROPE: New security system or new “Berlin walls”?

What should the Europeans be afraid of today? Many still believe that the main threat is coming from Russia and try to install some powder kegs between itself and this potential enemy....more

Building a pan-Eurasian security community?

As the post-cold war moment of US unilateralism is slowly passing away, the new age of multilateralism is firmly grounded in improved bilateral relations. At present, the clearest example of this trend is the "reset" of US-Russia relations. By contrast with a dangerous escalation of tensions between East and West during the Georgian conflict in August 2008, President Obama is genuinely committed to ending the new "Cold War of minds" and inaugurating an era of careful cooperation and perhaps even a wide-ranging partnership with Moscow....more

Greece: the cradle or the grave of European civilization?

University professors of International Policy Studies throughout the world have been treating the European Union as an example of a democratic, rapidly developing, and exclusively wealthy organization for more than a decade. The current crisis is a serious challenge for the EU. This time weak link is Greece, the country with population of only twelve million, pretending to be the cradle of European civilization. Russian analyst Dr. Alexander Sotnichenko argues that the situation is so acute that the cradle may become the grave of united Europe quite soon......more

US Taxpayer bailout of IMF for Europe $61 billion. What a scam!

Crazy! Europe announces a bailout package and everybody is overjoyed. IMF bails out, and nobody realizes that the US Taxpayer is on the hook for $61 billion! While our schools crumble, teachers are laid off, and roads deteriorate. Solve debt with more debt, that's brilliant! They do nothing to solve the underlying problem. Don't be fooled. It's all coming down. Probably next week.Namaste and Have a Magical Day...more

Hot Burkas & Hot Bods

Yesterday, driving the 10 hours from Rome to Lausanne, the radio was abuzz with the Big News from Italy: after France had passed its “Burka-Free Zone” law, a woman was fined for entering the Italian Post Office draped in a burka.  It was the hot topic even after crossing the border, and at all hours -- and judging by the phone calls I received along the way, the burka was ‘sulla bocca di tutti.” (THE hot topic)...more

Oh La La Paris

Paris Va Va Voom. Eiffel Tower clinches, candlelit bistros and scantily clad showgirls – Paris was made for lovers. Time to unleash your inner va-va-voom. Cobbles and rose bushes frame the grand Musée Rodin (79 Rue de Varenne) www.musee-rodin.fr housing the sculptor’s works. The Kiss is here but La Porte de L’enfer (The Gates of Hell) is the one that will leave you breathless – the intricately carved doors feature lots of nudity and groping. This beautiful poem titled Kiss is worth a visit on the Tate website. ...more

The dangers of childhood and winter sports

  Down, but not out! Funny thing happened to me on vacation in the Swiss Alps last week; I came back from my skiing holiday with a broken leg. I didn’t break it on some really crazy, ice covered, narrow black piste overlooking a cliff – no. I broke my leg the way that most skiing injuries are incurred – standing on solid ground and simply falling over! ...more

I wish he could stay 12 forever

We were sitting on the plane on our way to Paris and Louis was grinning from ear to ear when he was presented with a kid’s meal when dinner was served. I’m not sure why I even ordered it for him, I guess because I could. Many typical 12 year olds wouldn’t be that excited for the silly toy and applesauce. But Louis was....more

Exchange Rate Roulette

Living and working in a foreign country is an amazing and thrilling thing, but it does not come without its headaches. For many British expats who are living in Europe for the benefit of constant sunshine and ripe fruit, this is not news to them – their incomes are at the mercy of continually shifting exchange rates. This week the European currency took a hit because of the global recession and the international market’s recognition that lots of debt is not a good thing: the nation of Greece is in a bad way. So what’s the big deal?...more

Girl Meets Money: Part II

I'm back with a few more things that I've done to help save and raise money.Keeping up with expenses you already have and adding another large bill to your load isn't easy. Luckily, EF College Break allows monthly payment plans and book up to two years in advance. It really is a great company and I haven't even traveled, yet.Stop promoting a company for which I don't even work? Okay!...more