Daily Archives: April 16, 2012

You wait ages for a powerful and influential person to be caught trying to hide an extremely expensive watch – and then two come along at once.

Patriarch Kirill (AP Photo/Patriarchia.ru)

First it was Russian Patriarch Kirill I, whose photograph on the church’s website was digitally altered to erase a $30,000 Breguet watch from his wrist — except whoever made the change forgot about the clear reflection of the timepiece in the mahogany table. This did little to enhance the patriarch’s reputation or that of his church, which faces increasing allegations of corruption and criticism for interfering in Russian politics. Read more

There may not be another Summit of the Americas – at least as we know it. Would that matter? Maybe not.  The sixth summit, which ended on Sunday, was supposedly riven by  intractable issues. Cuba’s absence was one. The Falklands another. But that was pretty much it, despite the many headlines about inter-American discord.

Elsewhere, the US and Canada saw eye-to-eye with most of Latin America. The region’s biggest and fastest-growing economies – Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru to name just four – all agreed on their desire for more cooperation and closer integration with North America, not less. Read more