Despite Flaws, Russia’s Election is Important

  In August 1991 reporter David Remnick stood in the crowd outside the Russian parliament when Boris Yeltsin mounted a tank to denounce an attempted coup that would have brought back communism. On that day, Remnick writes in Lenin’s Tomb, “Muscovites were prepared to die for democratic principles.” Twenty-seven years later democratic principles are in short supply. Russians vote for president on March 18th in … Continue reading Despite Flaws, Russia’s Election is Important

Bay Area HQs of World Class Tech Companies

PALO ALTO:  Apple Park is the enduring legacy of Steve Jobs, the company’s founder and visionary leader. Still in the move-in phase, the $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino can accommodate 12,000 employees in a striking four-story glass-encased ring with a one-mile circumference.  Approving Norman Foster’s space ship design and getting it through Cupertino’s city council was one of the last things Jobs’ did before his … Continue reading Bay Area HQs of World Class Tech Companies

Immense Beauty: Sydney Opera House/Walt Disney Concert Hall

Of course, it is the white sails of the roof that make the Sydney Opera House great. On a cloudless day they form a glorious contrast to the sky and the deeper blue of the water. From air, sea or land they direct the eye to the sliver of land near the harbor bridge with the vibrant city behind. (all photos, Sydney and LA, by … Continue reading Immense Beauty: Sydney Opera House/Walt Disney Concert Hall

Bumps on the Road to Guangzhou

HONG KONG:  I took the Chinese authorities at face value when they added Guangzhou to a list of cities where visas are not required for visits of less than 72 hours. Accordingly, I booked a ticket for the four-hour Japan Airlines flight from Tokyo to Guangzhou and then a return to Tokyo from Hong Kong in the special administrative region 80 miles to the south.  … Continue reading Bumps on the Road to Guangzhou

What Made George Palmer a Great Editor and Financial Journalist?

In this podcast Alec Hogg, publisher of South Africa focused biznews.com, leads a discussion reflecting on the extraordinary career of George Palmer, the long serving editor of the Financial Mail in Johannesburg.  Palmer died in early January just short of his 93d birthday in Palm Springs, CA.  Under his tough and demanding leadership  the Financial Mail in the 1970s courageously resisted government bullying and maintained … Continue reading What Made George Palmer a Great Editor and Financial Journalist?

Čelakovice, 1992 A Glimpse into Life in Communist Czechoslovakia

When the steaming soup arrived at the table, I impulsively seized the shallow bowl with both hands, cupped it to my lips and gulped it down. Moments later I was appalled at what I had done. It was the action of a starving man and I was merely chilled to the bone from hours of walking the frozen streets of Prague.  It was March 1992. … Continue reading Čelakovice, 1992 A Glimpse into Life in Communist Czechoslovakia

Transatlantic Magazine Editor Robert J. Guttman Reviews Exploring New Europe

October 25, 2017 “I wanted to combine my interest in meeting new people and learning about their lives; riding my bicycle from Estonia to Albania to explore the new Europe, and writing about a part of the world rarely written about these days,” says Barry Wood, the author of Exploring New Europe: A Bicycle Journey. The book is part adventure story, part an economic primer … Continue reading Transatlantic Magazine Editor Robert J. Guttman Reviews Exploring New Europe