So many interesting things on the internet these last few weeks and I've not had time to post them. I've got a little time to breath just now so here is a start on a few:
- World's wealthiest countries guilty of willful neglect in Africa famine (HT: MM) Several friends posted this on FB and one comment noted that Africa needs to do more to help itself. I have sympathy with this view, but a large proportion of this is down to climate change. It's like rich countries are punching the poor ones - compensation must be paid or climate change will get us all. Speaking of which: Climate change threatens peace.
- Amazing interview with Larry Summers - the article HERE and the interview HERE. "It is crazy if you think about it, that we have schools across this country where we tell our kids that education is the most important thing in the world, but we ask them to study in classrooms where the paint is chipping off the walls. We can borrow money to invest in fixing that, at 2.8 percent. Twenty percent of the people in the country who are doing construction are unemployed, and we’re not trying to do something about that, when we have a major demand problem? It just doesn’t make any sense."
- House votes to de-fund Organisation of American States. (HT: MCO) wtf?! "The OAS is an enemy of the U.S. and an enemy to the interests of freedom and security," said Rep. David Rivera (R-FL). "I might offer an amendment to pull out of the world, to build a moat around the United States and put a dome over the thing," said Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), sarcastically. "This is getting ridiculous. Here we are for a lousy $48 million willing to symbolically turn our backs on our own hemisphere... This is folly. it's more than folly, it's dangerous,"
- Bin Laden nearly captures just after 9/11. Imagine how history would be different if he had been. "Tora Bora was just a case of military incompetence," argues Richard Clarke, at the time, a White House counter-terrorism adviser. They had plenty of time, they had the people, they had the information - this was not a matter of miscommunication. This was a matter of general officers deciding not to do it because they didn't think it was their mission."
- A lifetime in three years. "Diagnosed at 17 with bone cancer, Alex Lewis underwent intensive treatment but knew he wanted to cram as much life as possible into the time he had left. In three years he experienced what some people take a lifetime to achieve, including meeting and marrying the love of his life. He died shortly after his 22nd birthday."
- Fascinating article on Russia and modernity. "President Medvedev visited California’s Silicon Valley last year, where he met with some of the many young Russians employed there. One expat Russian techie asked his President a key question: did he understand that Silicon Valley is not a place, but rather a state of mind?
Whether Medvedev got the point, there is little indication the broader Russian ruling elite does."
- The method to Netanyahu's madness. "It was an Arab legislator who made the most telling comment to the Israeli parliament last week as it passed the boycott law, which outlaws calls to boycott Israel or its settlements in the occupied territories. Ahmed Tibi asked: “What is a peace activist or Palestinian allowed to do to oppose the occupation? Is there anything you agree to?” The boycott law is the latest in a series of ever-more draconian laws being introduced by the far-right. The legislation's goal is to intimidate those Israeli citizens, Jews and Palestinians, who have yet to bow down before the majority-rule mob."