Macron faces test as France signs up for strikes over pension reform

The president seems to be betting that protesters will not come in the same numbers as they did four years ago, and for a variety of reasons. President Macron delivers his New Year’s address to medical staff at the Center Hospitalier Sud Francilien Hospital in the town of Corbeil-Essonnes, January 6, 2023. Ludovic Marin, Pool … Read more

Biden is due to confer with Kishida on Friday as Japan sets aside constitutional limits on its military

The result could be that Japan will end up with the world’s third-largest military as China prepares for Taiwan. Japan’s Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, center, prepares to leave Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Jan. 8, 2023. Kota Endo/Kyodo News via AP Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members and Sun founders only. Comments are … Read more

It’s Biden’s turn for special counsel investigation

A veteran of the Trump administration is wiretapped to investigate the president. Merrick Garland speaks about appointing special counsel in the Biden document investigation, January 12, 2023, in Washington, D.C. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members and Sun founders only. Comments are reviewed and in some cases edited … Read more

Why Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’ is such an enduring draw

The children’s novel has more than once served as a vehicle of choice for esteemed actors bent on transforming themselves into the utterly unlovable. Actor Emma Thompson attends a special screening of Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda the Musical’ at the Park Lane Hotel on December 7, 2022 in New York. Andy Kropa/Invision/AP Commentary is available for … Read more

Striking nurses in New York City reach deal with hospitals

The nurses, represented by the New York State Nurses Association, walked out early Monday. Protesters march through the streets around Montefiore Medical Center during a nurses’ strike, January 11, 2023. AP/John Minchillo, file Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members and Sun founders only. Comments are reviewed and in some cases edited before … Read more

Harry’s ‘Spare’ sells 1.4 million copies on day one, says publisher

Yet the crowds in the bookshops seem scarce, reports our man in London. Copies of Prince Harry’s new book are on display at a bookstore in London, January 10, 2023. AP/Kin Cheung, file Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members and Sun founders only. Comments are reviewed and in some cases edited before … Read more

“I slept and dreamed that life was beautiful”

Ellen Sturgis Hooper, regarded as one of the most gifted transcendental poets, explores how work, a life of duty, can realize the highest dreams, a life of beauty. Jules Breton, ‘The Song of the Lark’, detail, 1884. Via Wikimedia Commons Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members and Sun founders only. Comments are … Read more