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
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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
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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 [...]
OilPrice.com, By Nick Cunningham, June 18
U.S. President Barack Obama may be engaging in a “war on coal” with carbon regulations intended to shrink coal’s share of energy production, but worldwide, coal is in its strongest position in decades. In 2013, enough coal was burned to meet 30.1 percent of the world’s energy demands — [...]
A little momentary distraction from world headlines… You know who you are.
As participants gathered for the Pitti Uomo trade fair, it was clear that the modern man has a beard. (NYT caption)
Climate Progress, By Katie Valentine, June 17
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper conditionally approved the Northern Gateway Pipeline Tuesday, a major hurdle for the 731-mile twin pipeline system that will carry tar sands oil from Alberta to the west coast of Canada.
The approval is contingent on Enbridge meeting the 209 conditions for the pipeline [...]
Women aren’t allowed to be ordained as priests in the Mormon faith. Because I created a movement to advocate for ordination and equality, I’ve been ordered not to pray aloud.
The Guardian, By Kate Kelly, June 16
On Sunday, I will be tried in absentia for apostasy by the leaders of my former congregation in [...]
EcoWatch, By Harvey Wasserman, June 14
Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal.
More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people—nearly 200,000 kids—tested by the Fukushima Medical University near the smoldering reactors now suffer from pre-cancerous thyroid [...]
Pranab Mukherjee tells parliament government will encourage foreign investment and engage energetically with neighbours.
Al Jazeera, June 9
India’s new government will pursue an economic reform agenda that foresees introducing a general sales tax, encouraging foreign investment and speeding approvals for major business projects, the president has told parliament.
Pranab Mukherjee also said on Monday [...]