Monthly Archives: March 2014

Thinking Aloud: Vive L’Empereur!

Mar. 31, 2014 by Darius  Today marks the 200th anniversary of the surrender and abdication of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte of France.  His France was defeated by a coalition of Britain, Russia, Prussia, and Austria.  Napoleon’s legacy, though, lives on: there … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Premier Gains Ground in Turkish Elections”

“Premier Gains Ground in Turkish Elections” The Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2014, p.A6 http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303978304579470752756039522?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303978304579470752756039522.html “Turkey’s prime minister appeared to have scored a decisive victory in local elections seen as a referendum on his rule over an increasingly divided country, setting … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Terrorism on the Internet”

Mar. 30, 2014 by Darius  [Today’s is a guest blog from a friend who attended an event I could not.] Earlier this week, I attended a talk by Gabriel Weimann, a professor of communications at the University of Haifa, about … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “As Seas Rise, Millions Cling to Borrowed Time and Dying Land”

“As Seas Rise, Millions Cling to Borrowed Time and Dying Land” The New York Times, March 29, 2014, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/29/world/asia/facing-rising-seas-bangladesh-confronts-the-consequences-of-climate-change.html?_r=0 “As the world’s top scientists meet in Yokohama, Japan, this week, at the top of the agenda is the prediction that … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Demon Under the Microscope”

Mar. 29, 2014 by Darius  From ancient times to the early 20th century, doctors were almost equally helpless to do anything to help a patient once a bacterial infection had entered the body.  Then, in the early 1930s, that all … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Now Out of the Spotlight, Egyptians’ Anger Lives On”

“Now Out of the Spotlight, Egyptians’ Anger Lives On” The Washington Post, March 28, 2014, p.A9 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/out-of-the-spotlight-egyptians-anger-lives-on/2014/03/27/51dba6a2-00d8-4912-9b46-948b49e2b1c0_story.html?tid=hpModule_949fa2be-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394 “Egypt’s military-backed government is waging the harshest political crackdown in nearly two decades.  But it has failed to crush a seemingly perpetual force of … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: A Ghost of the Past in Ukraine’s Present

Mar. 28, 2014 by Darius  A symbol at the heart of the dispute between Russia and Ukraine is a man as controversial as any: Stepan Bandera.  Banners with his picture on them are being unfurled at demonstrations and flown in … Continue reading

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