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Time (July 15)

2016/ 07/ 17 by jd in Global News

First there was the Charlie Hebdo attack that killed 17 people. “Then came the Paris attacks—a devastating blow, from which the country had only just begun to shake off the anxiety and grief.” And now the deadly tragedy in Nice. All within a year and a half. “For France, the attack on Thursday night is likely to be deeply distressing—and to raise the question about how the country can possible avoid further attacks, given the extraordinary security measures already in place.”


New York Times (December 25)

2015/ 12/ 26 by jd in Global News

“Evil is everywhere, and anger and hatred are loud. The shouting drowns out the quiet; tragedy and disaster block the view of the good. Yet there are always signs of progress toward a better future. Look, or you may miss them.”


Washington Post (September 2)

2015/ 09/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Every day 297 Americans are shot in murders, assaults, suicides and accidents; 89 of them die.” Following the fatal shooting of their daughter last week, “Andy and Barbara Parker have emerged as powerful advocates for gun control….  That the Parkers were moved to activism by the murder of their daughter is a tragedy—and it’s an evolution experienced by far too many Americans over too many years. That makes the lack of action by those in public office to bring some sense to the country’s gun laws even more intolerable.”


LA Times (July 9)

2015/ 07/ 10 by jd in Global News

In the Greek debate both sides are ultimately “fired by unwavering devotion to an abstract ideal, the real costs be damned. But if ancient tragedy has any lesson to offer, it is that an all too real tragedy in the making might be avoided by putting responsibility before blind ideology, asking not whether the end justifies the means but whether the means justify the end.”


Financial Times (December 24)

2014/ 12/ 26 by jd in Global News

“The triumph and tragedy of space flight, manned and unmanned, have been on full view over the past year.” Funding both types of space exploration is essential, as each provides benefits. “Space exploration is a worthy activity for our modern industrial civilisation. It is the ‘manifest destiny’ of humanity to move beyond Earth.”


Financial Times (July 17)

2014/ 07/ 18 by jd in Global News

The current fighting between Israel and Hamas “looks like a new episode in a wearisomely familiar feud.” But the ongoing tragedy must be brought to an end. “Israel cannot remain oasis of peace in a region on fire.” The “Palestinians need a state of their own.”


Daily Nation (September 23)

2013/ 09/ 24 by jd in Global News

As the standoff at Kenya’s Westgate Mall enters the third day, “all round, there is a sense of gloom and doom. Tension is palpable and the citizens are worried about the grotesque drama…. The stand-off and uncertainty are taking a huge toll on the economy as businesses remain closed and many people kept away from work. Worse, the tragedy has sent the wrong message that Kenya is an unsafe destination even when it is clear that terrorism knows no borders.”


Washington Post (December 17)

2012/ 12/ 18 by jd in Global News

“The Bushmaster .223-caliber semiautomatic rifle that Adam Lanza carried into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday is a frightful killing machine…. Most of the victims were hit with at least three bullets — and some with up to 11 — that exploded with devastating lethality, tearing them apart from inside…. The tragedy leads to an inescapable conclusion. There is no defensible reason for civilians to own a Bushmaster or other semiautomatic rifles, known more broadly as assault weapons.”


New York Times (November 1)

2011/ 11/ 02 by jd in Global News

Scientists believe much of the debris carried to sea by Japan’s March 11 tsunami will eventually end up in place known as “the Pacific Garbage Patch.” About 5-10% of the items, however, will wash ashore, some of it in Hawaii. Though transformed by years in the ocean, these items “will be an echo of a tragedy, for many years to come. “