Sometimes a cruise ship can be hell. Its certainly true of the Diamond Princess, docked outside Yokohama, Japan, since Feb. 4. Roughly 3,500 people, of which around 1,000 are crew members, remain quarantined and will not be permitted to leave the ship until Feb.
The images were heartbreaking. One showed at least six children dead, their eyes still open, after a chemical weapons attack killed more than 100 people earlier this month in northern Syria’s Idlib Province. In another image, a distraught father carried the bodies of his dead twins. Many more showed children barely moving, clinging to life with each breath.
ROME — One person with a cellphone can save so many lives.
“In this war, there were neither winners nor losers,” said Timochenko, one of the leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, after a peace deal was announced this summer between FARC and the Colombian government.
I recently spoke with Berta Isabel Zúñiga, daughter of the late Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres, via satellite from Washington.
On Fridays, people are allowed to line up to touch the statue of Christ in Madrid’s historic Basilica of Jesus of Medinaceli. And every Friday, the lines are always long.
PARIS — This city, one of the most beautiful and civilized in the world, is not the place you’d expect gunmen to stand outside a café and spray diners with bullets.
I visited the island of Mykonos, Greece, in early July, shortly before voters shot down the country’s deal with its creditors in a referendum. Despite Greece’s woes, life was great on Mykonos, or so it seemed. I remember one particular night in which it felt like there was a huge party going on.
TEL AVIV – If the purpose of traveling abroad is to learn something new, why not enjoy some home cooking and dine with locals? During a recent trip to Tel Aviv for a television segment chronicling the things that separate and unite Israelis and Arabs, our team did just that: We made two dinners part of our investigative efforts. (I’ve never had such a tasty reporting experience.)
There are no good wars – every one is just another indication of our inability to solve problems without violence. But the war in Iraq has been especially absurd because it was launched for the wrong reasons, has taken tens of thousands of lives – including the deaths of more than 4,000 American soldiers – and has left that country even more unstable and dangerous.