He’s won Oscars and Golden Globes, and his films are cult classics, part of the American consciousness. Now, Oliver Stone’s latest project is an extensive series of interviews with Vladimir Putin. We caught up with the director himself in Moscow to talk about the experience. SS: So, your book companion to your extensive interviews with Putin, is being published by “Alpina”. You called the “The Putin Interviews” “a 4-day audacious climax to my strange life as an American filmmaker”. Climax to your career? Is this the best thing you’ve ever done? OS: You know, I have to take the point of view that it could be the last film. You never know. Time seems more precious when you get a little bit older. And, as a filmmaker, it’s a very young profession. In America especially. It kind of goes fast. You don’t get often another chance. I felt like it was kind of a climax. Not that it’s a feature film. But that - let’s … [Read more...] about Oliver Stone: Putin is ready to negotiate on everything but Russia’s national interests
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Illinois may be known as the Land of Lincoln, but it’s another president with Illinois roots who offers lessons to which people today can more easily relate, say officials of Ronald Reagan's alma mater. Reagan graduated from Eureka College in 1932. He went on to become a sports broadcaster, movie and television actor, governor of California and the 40th president of the United States. “The Reagan story is the quintessential Illinois story,” said Michael Murtagh, the college’s vice president for institutional advancement. “He is a person who came from small-town Illinois and made a difference in the world.” As noted by Mike Thurwanger, head of the Reagan Leadership Program at the college: “One of the things he offers is the understanding that an individual from humble beginnings can rise to a position where he has an impact on the world.” While not downgrading the importance of Abraham Lincoln, Murtagh notes: “Lincoln grew up in a … [Read more...] about Officials from Reagan’s alma mater, Eureka College, reflect on his legacy
Politicians are used to engaging in politics -- either with or in opposition to other politicians. Traditionally, the foreign policy of one nation-state or alliance is confronted by the foreign policy of another nation-state or alliance. That's the way it has been for hundreds of years. But that's not the way it is at the moment. When Donald Trump is involved, politics is not confronting politics. Rather, politics is confronting the bizarre. There is no precedent for such a situation in the history of the West. That fact is also contributing to the difficulties of practicing politics in this day and age. Politicians, after all, frequently look to the history books for examples to follow and traditions to pursue. But in the history of democracies, the chapter on the bizarre is rather thin. Someone like Trump is a totally new beast and requires a completely novel approach to politics. That fact can no longer be in doubt following the U.S. president's trip to Europe, including his … [Read more...] about Hibernation: How Europe Can Survive the Trump Era
Arnold Schwarzenegger has slammed US President Donald Trump for his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former Governor of California and Terminator star posted a video on Twitter blasting Mr Trump for taking Mr Putin's word that Russia didn't meddle in the US 2016 presidential election. "Donald Trump, I just saw your press conference with President Putin and it was embarrassing," Mr Schwarzenegger says in the video. "I mean, you stood there like a little wet noodle, like a little fan boy. I mean, I was asking myself when you were going to ask him for an autograph or for a selfie or something like that." Mr Schwarzenegger says Mr Trump "sold out" the US' intelligence community and justice system when he spoke during a press conference with Mr Putin in Helsinki on Tuesday, by discounting US intelligence assessments that Russia meddled with the 2016 election. "You're the President of the United States, you shouldn't do that. I mean, what's … [Read more...] about Arnold Schwarzenegger blasts Donald Trump, calls him ‘little wet noodle’
There is a corner of Berlin where the golden age of U.S.-German relations lingers on.Visitors to the Allied Museum on Clayallee -- a boulevard named for General Lucius Clay, commander in chief of U.S. forces in Europe after World War II -- are greeted by a propeller aircraft that flew in supplies to West Berlin during the Soviet blockade of 1948-49, ensuring the city remained an island of western freedom in a sea of communist control.An exhibition called “How enemies became friends” features the military uniform and wedding dress of a postwar German-American couple. There’s also a self-made parachute U.S. pilot Gail Halvorsen used to drop Hershey bars to Berlin’s children, earning him the nickname “The Candy Bomber.”“This is still very much considered the good America,” said Florian Weiss, curator of the museum founded in 1994 as a thank-you to the U.S. for its protection during the Cold War and financed by the German government. … [Read more...] about Merkel-Trump Clashes Push Germany to Watershed Moment With U.S.