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Foreign Policy (March 18)

2020/ 03/ 21 by jd in Global News

“Sorry, America, the full lockdown is coming. Politicians won’t admit it yet, but it’s time to prepare—physically and psychologically—for a sudden stop to all life outside your home.” As borders shut, it’s time to ask, “Where, and with whom, do you want to spend the next six to 12 weeks of your life, hunkered down for the epidemic duration?”

 

Wall Street Journal (July 11)

2019/ 07/ 13 by jd in Global News

“The bitterness of Brexit pervades all aspects of British life and politics. It has divided friends and families, produced a Conservative cabinet with more leaks than an old sieve, split the diplomats of the U.S. and the U.K., and exposed a rift between Britain’s elected politicians and its unelected civil servants.”

 

The Economist (August 27)

2016/ 08/ 29 by jd in Global News

The discovery of the star Proxima Centauri is piquing imaginations. “What is exciting about this new world is not what is known—which, so far, is almost nothing…. It is what is unknown and the possibilities it may contain. It is the chance that there is life beneath that turbulent red sun, and that humans might be able to recognise it from 40 trillion kilometres away.” 

 

New York Times (March 13)

2016/ 03/ 14 by jd in Global News

“Civilization is at last turning green, albeit only pale green.” Our focus needs to shift toward preserving biodiversity, rather than merely protecting the physical environment. “The global conservation movement is like a surgeon in an emergency room treating an accident victim: He has slowed the bleeding by half. Congratulations, we might say—even though the patient will be dead by morning. Unless we wish to pauperize the natural world drastically and permanently,” we “must take more serious action to preserve the rest of life.”

 

Bloomberg (March 11)

2016/ 03/ 12 by jd in Global News

“It’s been five years since the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl shook Fukushima. Roads have been rebuilt and electricity has been restored. But life has still not returned to normal for many of the prefecture’s residents.”

 

Chicago Tribune (January 9)

2015/ 01/ 11 by jd in Global News

“A fast-evolving yet underappreciated phenomenon in American life and politics” is being brought about by millennials who “are so smitten with mobile technology and its social and economic applications that they see tech as the solution to just about everything.” Their digital mindset is driving their politics to become increasingly libertarian. They are “very liberal on social issues such as gay marriage and legalized pot, yet very skeptical of government efforts to regulate the economy or levy taxes.”

 

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