Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 12:24 AM EST Feb 25, 2019 All game long, the ball was in his hands, a Greenergizer Bunny in a sea of yellow jerseys. Dribbling, driving, dishing, laying it in. He never came out. Never took a breather. Finally, after all that action forged a sizable lead, Michigan had no choice but to foul him, foul him, and foul him again. Cassius Winston eased to the line and made, one, two, three, four — ah, forget the counting — seven straight free throws in the final 50 seconds, because he was not letting go of this game. He was going to finish what he started. Literally. “How tired where you after 40 minutes of that?” someone asked Winston, MSU’s junior point guard, after his No. 10-ranked Spartans upended arch-rival and No. 7-ranked Michigan on the road, final score 77-70. “I actually didn’t feel it til I got into the locker room,” Winston said, laughing. “I didn’t fall down, … [Read more...] about Mitch Albom: Michigan State’s Cassius Winston is Mr. Everything
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Croatian courts are currently holding the biggest trial of the decade to determine the guilt of former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader and Hungarian industrialist Zsolt Hernadi, the Chairman and CEO of MOL Hungarian Oil, the largest foreign investor in Croatia (accused of bribing the former). The accuser? A businessman called Robert Jezic who according to the Croatian press was accused by the defence of ties to Russian’s energy interests in Europe. This is not just any trial, but one that could determine the energy future of Croatia, the resource map of central Europe, and even the future integrity of the Eurozone. The landmark case has driven a wedge between Hungary and Croatia, whose cooperation is essential for an alternative gas route via the Croatian port of Krk, that could wean both countries and Europe off dependence on Russia. In 2009, MOL became the largest shareholder in the Croatian national energy firm INA. The restructuring was unanimously approved by … [Read more...] about R. Jezic: the businessman behind the Croatian trial that could give Russia the keys to Europe ǀ View
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Hua Qu is fighting to save her husband — one of at least seven U.S. captives being used as pawns in a nearly 40-year secret history of hostage taking. Hua Qu and her son, Shaofan. Credit Adam Ferguson for The New York Times Supported by ByLaura Secor July 10, 2018 Xiyue Wang could easily never have gone to Iran. He was a graduate student at Princeton, researching similarities across regional governments in 19th-century inner Asia. His work touched on neither the United States’ Iran policy nor any Iranian political reality less than a hundred years old. He initially planned to use the archives in Turkmenistan, but Turkmenistan denied him a visa. He wasn’t looking for an adventure — he had a 2-year-old son and a wife who had only just arrived in the United States from China. Compared with Turkmenistan, Iran was an open book, and compared with Afghanistan, which he also … [Read more...] about Her Husband Was a Princeton Graduate Student. Then He Was Taken Prisoner in Iran.
World Donald Trump Vladimir Putin Deep in the Great Depression, when many Americans were questioning whether capitalism had failed them, the influential leftist literary critic Edmund Wilson sailed off to Russia with an open mind about Soviet-style “socialism.” It didn’t take long for the scales to drop from his eyes. “They haven’t even the beginnings of democratic institutions; but they are actually worse off in that respect than when they started,” he confessed to a friend in 1938. “They have totalitarian domination by a political machine.” Indeed, by the time he finished writing To the Finland Station, his admiring take on Bolshevik firebrand Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin was already ankle deep in blood, murdering opponents at home and abroad and scheming to undermine the West. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has resumed many practices of the old communist bosses, albeit with far more domestic popularity, generating fear … [Read more...] about To The Finland Station: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s Helsinki Summit Holds Danger, Opportunities For Both
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByEric Schmitt June 27, 2018 ORZYSZ, Poland — Soon after a United States Army convoy crossed Poland’s border into Lithuania during a major military exercise this month, two very strange things happened. First, four Army Stryker armored combat vehicles collided, sending 15 soldiers to the hospital with minor injuries. No one died. But hours later, an anti-American blog claimed a Lithuanian child was killed in the crash and posted a photo of a grisly accident. It was a different collision from the Army mishap, and Lithuanian news media quickly denounced the blog post as fake, designed to turn public opinion against the Americans and their Baltic ally. The bloggers had borrowed a page from the playbook of Russia’s so-called hybrid warfare, which American and Lithuania officials say has … [Read more...] about In Eastern Europe, Militaries Gird Against Russian Might and Manipulation