John Kerry gave the Fletcher graduation lecture. I wish he had been at least half that articulate when he was running for president. He spoke about the need for the U.S. government to pay attention and invest in the Middle East, esp. Egypt where unemployment is 25%. Without U.S. involvement and investment, he suggested, the country could easily become radicalized.
He also talked about the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Afterwards, one of S's Palestinian friends commented that the leaders in both countries do not want peace. They are elected on a platform of hostility. An olive branch is considered a sign of weakness.
Nin Andrews is the author of 5 full collections of poetry and 5 chapbooks. She is also the editor of a book of translations of the Belgian poet, Henri Michaux. She keeps a literary blog and a blog of physics comics.