Monday, April 15, 2013
In the course of just a couple of years, a young French ensemble, the Quatuor Ebene (or, in English, the Ebony Quartet) has become big news on the classical scene. They've been known to modestly call themselves "freelance players," but not just any freelance players win Gramophone Magazine's highly sought-after Record of the Year prize, as they did in 2009
Now that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in each other's capitals, the State Department must formally notify Congress of its intent to reopen the embassy in Havana. Congress then has 15 days to review the notification. There's virtually nothing U.S. lawmakers can do to prevent the upgrading of the existing mission to an embassy. They could block or slow down the approval of an ambassador's nomination.
Do you think the Vatican recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a state will hurt the prospects for advancing a peace agreement?