Letter from Kurdistan
The latest Stratfor.com Geopolitical Weekly puts a magnifying glass on oil-rich Kurdistan, its relationship with Turkey and Baghdad, and the rebirth of the Turkic-Persian rivalry in the region.
The O'Quiz: Week of 12/9
Take the latest O'Quiz and see how much you know about the people and events making headlines this week.
Bill's Weekly Column: Fleeing TV
With wildly popular (yet utterly awful) reality shows destroying the structure of the TV industry, will more and more folks be turning to their computers to escape?
New crossword: What Doctor Shortage??? There is certainly no shortage of doctors in this week's puzzle, which has a plethora of physicians, a surplus of sawbones. Play online or print it out for the road.
With the holiday season in full swing, Stossel looks at the goldmine that is panhandling, and advises on his favorite places to donate, noting that capitalists often do the most good for the poor.
How Would Liberals Treat a Black Conservative in the White House? "Oprah is right that some of the criticism of President Obama is coming from bigots. In a nation of more than 300 million people, there will always some stupid people who can’t get beyond skin color. But it’s a mistake to make generalizations based on a small number of racists."
If the Washington Redskins ' players do indeed believe Mike Shanahan should remain their coach, as a number of veterans have expressed in the past two weeks, they sure didn't show it Sunday against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs.
On the same day a report leaked about a possibly irreparable relationship between Shanahan and team owner Daniel Snyder, which in turn prompted team officials to wonder whether the coach was trying to plan an exit strategy, the Redskins' players looked as if they preferred to be anywhere but the snow-covered, sparsely filled FedEx Field.
The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," ''Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts.
Billy Joel joined Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children — and never stopped.
Tony Bennett opened the tribute to Joel's long career and his songs written so often about ordinary people.