Few ever questioned Boris Yeltsin’s populist touch, especially after he used his skills first to save Mikhail Gorbachev and then to wrest power from him in 1991. The essential question that both Russians and the world have asked since then is whether Yeltsin knows how to use power—because his instincts have always been those of a rebel, not a ruler.
Just about a year ago, I landed in Kiev airport to begin a four-week journey throughout Ukraine and Russia. To my surprise, in Kiev’s airport, most planes on the tarmac were from Muslim nations, including Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Libya and Algeria.By DIANE FRANCIS5 min
The main point is that the history of Mexico is so much more interesting than the history of Canada. When Hernán Cortés arrived from Spain in 1519, he had exactly 550 men, 16 horses, attack dogs—and cannons. The first thing he did was to burn his own ships on the beach at Veracruz—so there would be no thought of retreat.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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