A trove of secret documents details the US government’s global push for shale gas.
Mother Jones, By Mariah Blake, September/October ’14
One icy morning in February 2012, Hillary Clinton’s plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state [...]
Latin Post, By Rebecca S. Myles, September 3
The People’s Climate March, a massive global rally on Sept. 21 in New York City, will lead up to a specially called-for United Nations summit on the climate crisis.
To date, 950 supporting organizations are supporting the mass rally, including non-government organizations, labor unions, grassroots networks, churches [...]
“The best laid schemes o’ mice and men (and US/EU warmongers) gang aft a-gley”.
Looks like events are outpacing plans. Expect a lot of Faux News in the coming days.
I suspect it’s happening too fast for the US/EU to do anything except bitch and moan. I think Putin’s response will be the chief unanswered [...]
From the Onion archives:
Pip Dawkins, 19th Century Street Urchin
“I’ve gone and eaten me very last piece of paper to stop the rumblings in me gullet, so I’m afraid I’ve nothin’ what to write on…”
Open Thread on anything worth/not worth posting !
Reuters, By Alister Doyle, August 7
Oslo – Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of 40 to 70 percent by mid-century will be needed to avert the worst of global warming that is already harming all continents, a draft U.N. report showed.
The 26-page draft, obtained by Reuters on Thursday, sums up three U.N. scientific [...]
Foreign office cut climate diplomacy budget by 39%, ahead of crucial summit for climate deal in Paris, RTCC reports
The Guardian, By Megan Darby, August 1
The UK is slashing its climate change diplomacy budget even as global efforts intensify to reach a deal.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) cut spending on its core [...]
Putin is on the horns of a dilemna. For the first time since the dismantling of the Soviet Union, Russia faces a severe economic crisis – after enjoying years of relative prosperity – and she has a warmongering chief executive. This is a nexus of events that will shape and define Russia for at [...]
Whereas the novelist creates characters to drive his narrative and arranges plot steps into a dramatic arc toward some sort of resolution, the historian is given his characters and tries to find a plausible narrative to support an unfolding record of events and outcomes. He searches the record to identify the circumstance, interpret the motive.
NYT – On Friday, Open Source continues to follow the aftermath of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in rebel-held eastern Ukraine to supplement the latest coverage of New York Times reporters on the ground.
Updates below mix breaking news reports with new information on the investigation into the disaster and the reaction to [...]
NYT- U.S. DOWNS IRAN AIRLINER MISTAKEN FOR F-14; 290 REPORTED DEAD; A TRAGEDY, REAGAN SAYS; ACTION IS DEFENDED – July 4, 1988- United States Navy warship in the Persian Gulf shot down an Iranian passenger plane today that the Navy said it mistook for a jet fighter, and Iran said all 290 people on [...]
NYT – A Nobelist With 3 Banned Apartheid Novels
Bengt Oberger/Wikimedia Commons
Ms. Gordimer found themes in the injustices and cruelties of South Africa’s policies of racial division, and she left no quarter of the society unexplored. She died Sunday at 90.
Nadine Gordimer in the New Yorker here
Steven G. Artley@artleytoons via Politico
CBC, By Kristy Kirkup, July 3
Trade officials from Canada and other Asia-Pacific nations are meeting behind closed doors in Ottawa to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive free-trade proposal that could create one of the world’s largest trading blocks.
The TPP currently comprises 12 countries, including Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New [...]
London Review of Books, By John Perry, June 27
Over ten days in June 1954, a decade after the D-Day landings, the CIA sent twelve planes to drop bombs and propaganda on towns in Guatemala in support of a coup against the elected government of Jácobo Arbenz. They did only minor damage at first: one [...]
It might be a division between social identities based on class or region or race or gender, but it is certainly not a clash between different ideas.
The Atlantic, By Crispin Sartwell, June 20
Americans are more divided than ever by political ideology, as a recent Pew Research Center study makes clear. About a third [...]