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Gerald Loftus
Brussels, Belgium
Former diplomat, active in cultural affairs.
Interests: Cultural diplomacy, historic preservation, expatriated Americans, North Africa, Europe
Recent Activity
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The upside down White House, scene of un-American activities. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Avuncular American
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As we relive in 2017 the chill winds of 1933-1945, Anne Frank reminds us of the price of ignoring hatred. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Avuncular American
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Un homme instable et peu fiable s'installe à la Maison Blanche. L'Europe doit tenir bon, et se préparer pour l'après-Trump. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Avuncular American
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Now "@realDonaldTrump" gets to sign on White House stationery. Time to take on Barack Obama's admonition: "words matter." Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Avuncular American
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The 22nd amendment meant we couldn't have a 3rd Obama term, but we want Barack and Michelle to help the US retain a sense of progress and dignity that will be under siege during the Trump era. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Avuncular American
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"The Nazi Seizure of Power," a classic study of how Hitler rose to power through manipulation of the democratic process, should be essential reading after Election 2016. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Avuncular American
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Goodbye to my 1985 tube TV, faithful through more than a dozen international moves. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Avuncular American
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Mustang - a credible, beautiful film of adolescent girls in Turkey - is a must-see. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Avuncular American
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Belgium's Hallerbos park and its springtime bluebells are a world attraction. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Avuncular American
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There's something wrong when your life - whether in a plane or in surgery - is in the hands of indebted, exhausted pilots and doctors. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Avuncular American
Wildlife in Brussels, from frogs to foxes. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Avuncular American
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The Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels was the target of terrorists in 2014, but remains a peaceful place of reflection. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Avuncular American
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If ever there was a timely film about cartoonists risking their lives, it is Caricaturistes: Fantassins de la Democratie. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Avuncular American
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The plight of Arab Christians should not just be a Christmas story. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Avuncular American
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How chilling, while visiting a Gestapo museum, that they invented "enhanced interrogation." Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Avuncular American
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Little Belgium held off the German Army in October 1914 thanks to flooding by military engineers. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Avuncular American
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Young European innovators in search of some crowdfunding show their wares. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Avuncular American
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The Italian Dolomites and the Swiss Alps - off season, but a breath of fresh air. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Avuncular American
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My Sweet Pepper Land is among the best of recent films from the Middle East. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Avuncular American
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In a country fearing deflation, spur economic activity by a national DIY campaign. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Avuncular American
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TALIM employees Fatima, Latifa, Abdellah, Ahmed, and Mustapha. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at TALIM Director's Blog
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Longtime TALIM staff members Yhtimad Bouziane and Mohammed Jadidi write about the Legation. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at TALIM Director's Blog
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100 years after the start of World War I, France's bells sounded the somber tocsin. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Avuncular American
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Farewell party: Marie Hélène and Jerry Loftus with Moroccan friends Mohammed and Majdouline No need to tell readers what we've been up to from July 2010 through June 2014 - there are four years of posts to read from TALIM... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Avuncular American
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Full circle, after arriving in Morocco 31 years ago during Ramadan, John Davison returns to take charge at the Tangier American Legation. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at TALIM Director's Blog