Monthly Archives: April 2015

Thinking Aloud: Hubble Telescope’s 25th Birthday

Apr. 30, 2015 by Darius  Earlier this week, the Hubble Space Telescope celebrated its 25th birthday.  The Hubble has made huge contributions to our understanding of the universe.  It has also taken some amazing pictures, showing nebulas, galaxies, and other structures … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Russian Cyberwar Advances Military Interests in Ukraine, Report Says”

“Russian Cyberwar Advances Military Interests in Ukraine, Report Says” Fortune, April 29, 2015 https://fortune.com/2015/04/29/russian-cyberwar-ukraine/ “As troops prepare to move, cyber activity flares.  Cyberwar does not take place in vacuum. When a geopolitical showdown is underway, nation states have every incentive to … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Saudi’s New Succession Plan

Apr. 29, 2015 by Darius  Today, the king of Saudi Arabia announced a major government reshuffle.  The previous crown prince, the king’s half-brother, was dismissed and replaced by the king’s nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef.  The king’s son, the current minister … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Worry Over the World’s Biggest Refugee Camp”

“Worry Over the World’s Biggest Refugee Camp” The Washington Post, April 29, 2015, p.A12 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/assads-regime-at-increasing-risk-amid-a-surge-of-rebel-advances/2015/04/26/c2742e22-ec32-11e4-8050-839e9234b303_story.html “The Kenyan government is threatening to dismantle the world’s largest refugee camp, setting off a panic among the nearly 350,000 people who live here and the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Hidden Reason for Poverty the World Needs to Address Now”

Apr. 28, 2015 by Darius  Over the past 35 years, the percentage of people around the world living in extreme poverty, less than a dollar a day, has fallen from around 50% to only 15%.  But if the poverty threshold … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Rebel Resurgence Puts Syrian Regime in Peril”

“Rebel Resurgence Puts Syrian Regime in Peril” The Washington Post, April 18, 2015 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/assads-regime-at-increasing-risk-amid-a-surge-of-rebel-advances/2015/04/26/c2742e22-ec32-11e4-8050-839e9234b303_story.html “A surge of rebel gains in Syria is overturning long-held assumptions about the durability of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which now appears in greater peril than at … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Roof of the World’s Shaky Foundation

Apr. 27, 2015 by Darius  The massive earthquake that hit Nepal two days ago has caused at least 3800 deaths thus far and displaced tens of thousands more.  But this is just the most recent in a long line of … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State”

“The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State” Der Spiegel, April 18, 2015 http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/islamic-state-files-show-structure-of-islamist-terror-group-a-1029274.html “Aloof.  Polite.  Cajoling.  Extremely attentive.  Restrained.  Dishonest.  Inscrutable. Malicious.  The rebels from northern Syria, remembering encounters with him months later, recall completely different facets … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Love in the Time of Cholera”

Apr. 26, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  Like Marquez’s other works, Love in the Time of Cholera is surreal, quixotic, and utterly charming.  It is a love story unlike … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Cause Behind African Migrant Flood Has Terrifying Implications for the World”

“Cause Behind African Migrant Flood Has Terrifying Implications for the World” Reuters, April 21, 2015 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/21/not-science-fiction-changing-climate-pushing-migrants-out-of-africa-and-into-tragedy/ “The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is symptomatic of deep dislocation in the Sahel region and sub-Saharan Africa — dislocation exacerbated by climate change.  Climate … Continue reading

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