Paul Greenberg

Posted February 03, 2016

Once upon an all too familiar time, it was the Jews who were desperate to flee Europe a step ahead of Hitler, but first the authorities took the precaution of relieving them of all their property, some of it still the subject of court cases all over the world.

Posted February 02, 2016

With apologies to Midge Decter, Jeanne Kirkpatrick and Golda Meir, among others, whose ideas and even words have been used in today's column.

Posted January 28, 2016

Somebody adjourned the world Friday.

Posted January 25, 2016

It's a language all its own. Only a beginner may need a guide for the perplexed. Those fluent in it just let it wash over them the way Angelenos do the smog. Examples abound.

Posted January 19, 2016

This morning I got a personal note from one of my numerous cousins who for some reason was under the impression I was wasting away and urged me to get my personal affairs in order lickety-split.

Posted January 12, 2016

The Sunnis and Shiites may have found a way to resolve their differences. The Kremlin has offered to mediate any divisions between Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Sudan and their allies on one side, and the mullahs in Teheran on the other.

Posted January 12, 2016

What is this thing called a liberal education that we're always hearing about -- and some of us never tire preaching about with your more than kind indulgence?

Posted January 06, 2016

Just think of the parade of years you have known or will know, as they used to fly off the screen in those old black-and-white movies of the 1940s.

Posted December 29, 2015

When one of the most talented and theologically sophisticated of American writers, Flannery O'Connor, began getting the first reviews of her masterpieces, she was appalled but not at all surprised.

Posted December 24, 2015

Amanda Cross -- ever hear of her? I hadn't, not really or recently, though I had a vague impression that my late wife had left a shelf of her mystery novels in the library downstairs.

Posted December 17, 2015

When the phone rang, it was my nephew Michael in Dallas, and we were sure the sad news was about his father, George, for he'd been caring for both his parents. But, no, it was Lillian who had died suddenly.

Posted December 16, 2015

The scene would be familiar to those of us of a certain age: a gray sea of metal desks at which clerks sit from 9 to 5 clacking away at typewriters or old-fashioned adding machines, making carbon copies (remember them?) that no one may ever look at. Or forever recording rows of figures.

Posted December 15, 2015

he laws of economics are no more changeable than those of physics. No matter what the planners in Washington decide, every action may still have its opposite but equal reaction, and the greater the supply of a commodity, the lower the price must fall.

Posted December 09, 2015

Disquiet lives here. Quietly but ominously. Unseen, it creeps up in the dark of night like Boo Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird," rustling like the wind in the trees. It's here, you just can't see it. But you can feel it, hear it. Eerie.

Posted December 08, 2015

We are sitting here waiting for the Boston branch of the family to arrive Thanksgiving Day -- like so many other American families waiting for the kids and grandkids to appear.

Posted December 02, 2015

It is a cliche by now to note that we are a nation of immigrants, yet we have always been of two minds -- at least -- about that proud title when it comes to welcoming immigrants, including the latest crop of Syrian refugees seeking refuge here. For we are deeply divided -- not just between immigrants and native-born, but within ourselves.

Posted November 25, 2015

A new political party of the center and right, Ciudadanos, has arisen in Catalonia -- and delivered an impressive performance at the polls in Spain's regional elections back in September.

Posted November 24, 2015

The Wall Street Journal calls it populism ("Populism Rises in GOP Race," Page 1, November 12, 2015), but you could just as well describe populism as what it has always been since it was all the rage -- and I mean rage -- as it swept the Great Plains in the wilder years of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Posted November 21, 2015

" 'Act of war,' Hollande says," blared the front-page headline -- even before the attacks on Paris had ceased. It was all a revelation to France's president, as if the West had not been at war for some time against this latest wave of jihadists to sweep out the Middle East -- just as Islam itself had swept out of Arabia's sands and conquered much of the known world centuries ago.

Posted November 20, 2015

Talk about an exercise in futility and irony: The three remaining contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination next year, if you count a former governor of Maryland named Martin O'Malley, held their own "debate" Saturday night.