Five years have passed since the Syrian war began. Five years and several other numbers so high they sound almost abstract: 250,000 dead, 1 million wounded, 11 million displaced. These five years of a protracted conflict are the closest thing to a global war the 21st century has seen. What is Resolution 2554, and what are its chances of leading to a successful peace process?
Say the word “pedophilia” in public and watch the quasi-universal reaction –there is nothing we loathe more, nothing we are more reluctant to talk about than pedophilia. During ten months, VG built a world map of thousands of men who had downloaded, and sometimes paid for, over 430, 000 files showing violent sexual abuse of children.
This week, Wikileaks, the infamous journalistic non-profit specialized in leaking secret information, revealed a new report, “Espionnage Elysée,” a collection of “top secret intelligence reports and technical documents from the US National Security Agency (NSA) concerning targeting and signals intelligence intercepts of the communications of high-level officials from successive French governments over the last ten years”.
The verdict in the Tsarnaev case and the comments it inspired bring to mind a long-standing debate on the philosophical role of punishment. Similar indignant comments had been made when the seemingly luxurious incarceration conditions of Anders Behring Breivik (sentenced to 21 years in prison Norway) were made public, stemming from a misunderstanding of the way Norway (and other countries) thinks of the role of punishment.
Injection-induced earthquakes are upon us by Marie Baleo Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, consists in drilling a pipeline as deep as 10,000 feet into the ground before injecting a specific mixture of water, “proppants” such as sand or ceramic, and various chemicals. The injection of this high-pressure fluid fractures shale rocks; in turn, the resulting fissures …
“If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives us is a lantern on the stern which shines only on the waves behind.” People often burst into the ‘Never again’ emotional song at the twilight of fading conflicts or man-made catastrophes. But it seems that History’s lessons never stay long in our little human brains.