Jay Parini, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College. His most recent book is "Borges and Me," a memoir of his travels in the highlands of Scotland with Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges in 1971. The views expressed in this commentary belong to the author. View more opinions at CNN. (CNN) With the pandemic easing in the US, there's a pent-up wish to break out of the rooms we've occupied for the past 14 months or so. Now, much of Europe -- long a primary destination for American travelers -- beckons, with the European Union's announcement that it's opening its doors this summer to Americans who have been vaccinated. So many of us, during lockdown, have fantasized about going abroad again. Jay Parini But a couple of questions hover: Why do we actually want to go "abroad" in the first place? Will the experience be different if we do? I've been lucky to live abroad for long periods, having spent seven years in college in … [Read more...] about It’s time to break out of our rooms — and travel
Treaty of versailles 5 terms
The Biden administration is expected to lay out more details for a domestic road map for how to achieve its climate goals and put more pressure on foreign countries to increase their own commitments in the coming months. Following its updated commitments under the Paris Agreement, the administration says that more details are on the horizon following the announcement of the goal of cutting emissions at least in half by 2030. Observers say they also expect more countries to make announcements between now and a United Nations summit in November. The loose outline of the U.S. climate plan leaves the administration with opportunities to work with Congress on details of its implementation while seeking to lead by example on setting emissions targets. ADVERTISEMENT In its formal Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) plan submitted to the U.N. , the U.S. government says it sees “multiple paths” to achieve its goal. “The United States federal and subnational governments have … [Read more...] about US seeks to lead on climate while finalizing details on plan
In 1936, Germany’s Deputy Fuhrer Rudolph Hess asked British Lord Castlereagh, “Why do you not have Winston Churchill in your British Cabinet? Then we should know you meant business.” The question was largely rhetorical. Churchill had been a lonely voice in the political wilderness for many years, his warnings about the Nazi menace falling on deaf ears. Today, as America faces an increasingly dangerous and aggressive Chinese Communist Party (CPP), one wonders whether they have any reason to know that President Biden Joe Biden Biden prepping cybersecurity executive order in response to SolarWinds attack Photoshopped deer in Kevlar vests circulate after Biden gun control comment Majority of viewers approved of Biden address to Congress: poll MORE means business. Actions taken in the administration’s first hundred days point in the opposite direction. Biden has ordered a full withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan. He is seeking to re-enter the Iran … [Read more...] about Does Biden really mean business when it comes to foreign policy?
The next phase of the World Health Organization (WHO) investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic must be more scientific and data-driven, a group of scientists wrote in an open letter to the WHO on Friday. China should not be permitted to veto the team members chosen for the next WHO-led investigation and the team should be granted full access to related data such as medical records and biological samples, signers of the letter wrote. The letter is authored by various international scientists and academics and co-organized by Jamie Metzl, a WHO advisor and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank. A WHO-led team released a report in March on the origins of the pandemic, but the team was denied access to important data. The WHO’s director-general, the White House, the U.S. State Department and 13 other countries expressed concern that the WHO team’s report was compromised. (RELATED: There Are A Lot Of Reasons To Be Skeptical Of WHO’s Report On … [Read more...] about WHO Team Investigating Pandemic’s Origins Must Have Better Access, Officials And Scientists Say
Hong Kong (CNN) Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) nations have called for greater engagement with Taiwan , and warned China not to escalate cross-strait tensions following a spike in military maneuvers around the self-ruled island . In a joint statement released Wednesday, representatives from the G7, which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, underscored "the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait," and encouraged the "peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues." "We reiterate our strong opposition to any unilateral actions that could escalate tensions and undermine regional stability and the international rules-based order and express serious concerns about reports of militarization, coercion, and intimidation in the region," the statement added. The ministers also said their governments supported Taiwan's "meaningful participation" in World Health Organization … [Read more...] about G7 warns China not to ‘escalate tensions’ with Taiwan amid military threats