The Estrada doctrine is obsolete

It is reasonable to suspect that neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence has even heard about the Estrada Doctrine, formally adopted by the United States and other nations in 1980. According to this doctrine, the recognition of a government must be based upon its de facto existence rather than its legitimacy. It was proclaimed…

The US among strange bedfellows in Europe

Strange things are happening in “Old Europe,” as Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld famously called it in 2003. At that time, transatlantic differences were over Iraq, when two major members of “Old Europe” condemned the war against Saddam Hussein that was destined to open a disastrous Pandora’s box in the Middle East. Now, once again, the…

Chicago 1968 – when Mayor Daley beat the press

Aug. 30, 1968, is one of those days that made me realize that being a journalist is tantamount of being an observer of history with an appendage of involuntary involvement and personal risk. On that fateful Friday, I was, with other reporters, drawn into one of the most dramatic episodes of American political history, on…