Govt data show U.S. in decade-long cooling
by James Taylor, Forbes, June 25, 2014. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. The NOAA temperature data are driving a stake through the heart of alarmists claiming accelerating global warming.
Canadian unilateral disarmament
by Michael Byers, National Post (Canada), July 8, 2014. Canada’s Conservative prime minister, despite his tough talk about supporting the troops, has reduced defence spending to just 1 per cent of GDP — the lowest level in Canadian history.
Are the authoritarians winning?
by Michael Igantieff, The New York Review of Books, July 10, 2014. The recent handshake between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping celebrated something more than a big gas deal. It heralded the emergence of an alliance of authoritarian states with a combined population of 1.6 billion in the vast Eurasian space that stretches from the Polish border to the Pacific, from the Arctic Circle to the Afghan frontier.
Anti-semitism on rise in Putin’s Russia
by Victor Davidoff, Moscow Times, May 27, 2013. Since President Vladimir Putin first came to power, Russia has become a field where the threatening weeds of xenophobia and nationalism grow rampant.
Mitrokhin’s KGB archive opens to public
Churchill Archives Centre, University of Cambridge, July 7, 2014. From 1972 to 1984, Major Vasiliy Mitrokhin was a senior archivist in the KGB’s foreign intelligence archive — with unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of files from a global network of spies and intelligence gathering operations.
Family memories of Hungary
by David Pryce-Jones, Hungarian Review, Vol. 5, No. 3, May 14, 2014. What’s really been lost isn’t property but the chance to know from the inside another language, another people, another country.
John Kerry’s diplomacy for an imaginary world
by Jeryl Bier, Weekly Standard (Washington DC), June 23, 2014. With much of the Obama administration’s foreign policy in tatters, John Kerry is clear on at least one goal he hopes to achieve by the end of his time as secretary of state: having lesbian, bisexual, and transgender ambassadors representing the United States.
Reading and the ‘attention war’
by Gracy Olmstead, The American Conservative, June 14, 2014. Focus is a difficult thing to muster these days. As David Brooks wrote in a recent New York Times column (June 2), we are all “losing the attention war.… Many of us lead lives of distraction, unable to focus on what we know we should focus on”.
Greenpeace executive commutes 800 km by plane
by Emily Gosden, The Telegraph (UK), June 24, 2014. Greenpeace has campaigned to curb air travel and end “needless” domestic flights. In a briefing on “the problem with aviation”, the group said: “In terms of damage to the climate, flying is 10 times worse than taking the train.”
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