Culture: Scallops, Ciders & Caramels In Normandy

With its chalk cliffs and its bright green meadows, the French region of Normandy offers stunning scenery but also iconic local produce. It’s in this unique landscape that cider producer Guillaume Capelle grows apples, the local fruit, to make the world-famous Calvados brandy.

Meanwhile, Pierre Marie is hoping for a good season for scallop fishing – another emblematic product of Normandy, along with Isigny butter and caramels. For the latter two to see the light of day, dairy farmer Pierre Aubril pampers his Normandy cows, who produce up to 1,200 litres of 100 percent organic milk every day.


Preview: Foreign Affairs Magazine – March 2023

March/April 2023

Foreign Affairs – March/April 2023 issue:

What Russia Got Wrong

Can Moscow Learn From Its Failures in Ukraine?

Pakistan’s Twin Crises

The Dangerous Convergence of a Collapsing Economy and Surging Terrorism

Israel’s Dangerous Shadow War With Iran

Why the Risk of Escalation Is Growing

Reviews: The Business Of Formula 1 Racing (2023)

Financial Times (February 27, 2023) – F1 is undergoing a kind of revolution, with new rules, new tech, new teams, and new fans – boosted by the Netflix show Drive to Survive. Ahead of the first race of the season in Bahrain, the FT goes behind the scenes at the McLaren Technology Centre, where the team is competing to get their cars back to the front of the grid.

News: UK-EU Strike Deal On Northern Ireland, China Hosts Belarus President

February 28, 2023: UK and EU leaders strike a deal on the Northern Ireland protocol. Plus: Belarus’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, arrives in Beijing for a three-day visit; China’s plans to build Asia’s largest observatory; and the latest transport news.

Front Page: The New York Times – February 28, 2023


Biden’s Semiconductor Plan Flexes the Power of the Federal Government

In return for vast subsidies, the Biden administration is asking the chip industry to make promises about its workers and finances.

Biden Deploys High-Powered Aides, Plus More Aid, to Bolster Ukraine

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen traveled to Kyiv the day before Secretary of State Antony Blinken was to visit Central Asia in a show of American solidarity with Ukraine in its battle with Russia.

U.S. Commandos Advise Somalis in Fight Against Qaeda Branch

A campaign in the Horn of Africa is now the most active element in the “forever wars” the United States has waged since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Challenges to Student Loan Cancellation Reach Supreme Court

Justices will hear arguments Tuesday on President Biden’s plan to forgive an estimated $400 billion in debt. Conservative states have called it an abuse of his authority.