As tension mounted ever higher in the Persian Gulf and exiled Kuwaiti government ministers warned that war seemed inevitable, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein staged a rivetting television spectacular. Wearing a grey business suit and an avuncular smile, he appeared on videotape talking to a group of British “guests,” as he called them, at one of the undisclosed strategic locations where his regime is holding Westerners to discourage attack.
Politicians figure all the angles. Or at least they think they do. Sometimes the voters figure one more angle than the politicians. When that happens, the politicians are dismayed, not to mention defeated. People think it can’t happen in an age of scientifically drawn opinion polling, but it still can.By CHARLES GORDON5 min
One afternoon in the 18th century, I believe it was a Sunday, there was an accident to the Count of Areos in a bull ring. It is suspected that a bull was involved. Ever since, thanks to a ruling by the Marquis of Pombal, there has never been a bull killed in the ring in Portugal.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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